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The Evolution of the Orchestra – A resource for music teachers

A teaching resource about the growth of the opera orchestra from the Baroque period to today, designed for use in music lessons with pupils aged 14-18.

This teaching resource is designed for use in music lessons with pupils aged 14-18. It compares and contrasts the instrumentation and orchestration techniques and traditions in five operas, namely Xerxes, The Marriage of Figaro, Manru, Autumn Sonata and La bohème. Each opera comes from a specific period in music, and illustrates the developing instrumentation and use of the opera orchestra. It concludes with a short test to assess learning, listening skills and analytical thinking.

For more information about OperaVision or to provide feedback about this lesson plan, please contact Hedd Thomas at hedd@opera-europa.org.

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