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Edpuzzle: 'Dirait-on' composed by Morten Lauridsen

Added: 28 Sep 2020 Contributor: PDST Resource type: Assessment / Audio / Video

A choral performance of a song by a contemporary American composer. It is a setting of a French poem by Rainer Rilke, who lived at the turn of the 20th century. The song is performed by SATB choir with piano accompaniment.

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Strand: Aural Skills

Suggestions for use: The video gives the listener the opportunity of following the score and of analysing the music visually and aurally. The theory includes a key signature with five flats, terminology such as 'tempo rubato', 'poco rit' and 'a tempo'. The vocal scoring is not straightforward as the SATB voices do not all sing together at the start. Open-ended questions relate to melodic development, intricate texture, the instrumental interlude, the coda and the accompaniment provided on piano. This activity prepares the student to tackle the Aural Skills section of the Leaving Cert Listening paper.

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