In the Werkbetrachtung format, classes from various schools investigate the same musical work, its composer and related aspects. They then present their results to each other before attending a dress rehearsal of the work.
In the case of the "Classical Symphony", the classes were able choose themselves how to approach the topic. Using interdisciplinary teaching covering Music, German, History, Art and Theatre, the classes developed a scenic “history lesson” on the composer’s biography: an analysis of the first movement with musical performance by the pupils themselves, stories and a scenic play on the second movement, and abstract paintings on the fourth movement. All danced to the gavotte of the third movement and were then able to listen to the differences between Prokoviev’s gavotte and one composed by J. S. Bach.
Silvia Careddu also played excerpts of Prokofiev's Sonata for Flute and Piano and spoke with the pupils.
This project was something special for my pupils. Our task has again encouraged me to work much more freely with the kids and to focus more on encouraging their creativity. I also found the other schools’ approach to the project very interesting. I’d be pleased to be able to take part again in the future.
- A music teacher