Exploring how classical music uses pentatonic scales: Performing pentatonic melodies by Bartok and Debussy

This lesson explores how Debussy and Bartok composed using pentatonic scales. You will take inspiration from these classical composers to compose your own piece of music.

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

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Question 5

Q1.What is an accompaniment?

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Q2.What is a drone?

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Q3.What is an ostinato?

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Q4.To play a triad, which pitches do you play?

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Q5.Which style of music is the 'oom pah pah' rhythm associated with?

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Question 5

Q1.What is an accompaniment?

1/5

Q2.What is a drone?

2/5

Q3.What is an ostinato?

3/5

Q4.To play a triad, which pitches do you play?

4/5

Q5.Which style of music is the 'oom pah pah' rhythm associated with?

5/5

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Quiz:

Exploring how Classical music uses pentatonic scales. Performing pentatonic melodies by Bartok and Debussy

Don’t worry if you get a question wrong! Forgetting is an important step in learning. We will recap next lesson.

Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Question 5

Q1.What can influence composers?

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Q2.What did Bartok like to collect?

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Q3.What style of music influenced Debussy's 'Pagodes'?

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Q4.What did classical composers favour in their work?

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Q5.Which scale uses all the black keys on the keyboard?

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Quiz:

Exploring how Classical music uses pentatonic scales. Performing pentatonic melodies by Bartok and Debussy

Don’t worry if you get a question wrong! Forgetting is an important step in learning. We will recap next lesson.

Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Question 5

Q1.What can influence composers?

1/5

Q2.What did Bartok like to collect?

2/5

Q3.What style of music influenced Debussy's 'Pagodes'?

3/5

Q4.What did classical composers favour in their work?

4/5

Q5.Which scale uses all the black keys on the keyboard?

5/5

Lesson summary: Exploring how classical music uses pentatonic scales: Performing pentatonic melodies by Bartok and Debussy

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