Year 7 : Pitch

Lesson 3

Activity 1 - Question and answer phrases

A phrase is a musical sentence.  Some phrases seem to ask questions, and other phrases seem to answer the questions.  The questions sound unfinished while the answers sound finished.  Here are some examples.
 
 

The question phrase
The answer phrase

 

Here is the music for the question followed by the answer.  Click on the button to hear both phrases.
The music for both phrases is printed below.  Follow it carefully.


 

Lots of good music have question and answer phrases.  Here is one from Mozart's 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik'


Now try making up some answer phrases to these questions.  You don't have to write the music down but there is space to do so if you want to try.

1.  Click on the button to hear the question phrase

2.  Click on the button to hear the question phrase

3.  Click on the button to hear the question phrase

4.  Click on the button to hear the question phrase

5.  Click on the button to hear the question phrase




Activity 2 - Listening tests

Listen carefully to the scale of C.  A scale is a row of notes going up or down.
It is called the scale of C because it starts on C. The red notes are C.
While you are doing the tests, you can play the scale as many times as you like to help you.



 

For each of the tests, you will hear 4 notes.  The first note is C.
You have to write down the other 3 notes you will hear.

1.  Click on the button to hear the test.

2.  Click on the button to hear the test.

3.  Click on the button to hear the test.

4.  Click on the button to hear the test.

5.  Click on the button to hear the test.

Check your answers here



Information box

Musical phrases were very important to composers in the Classical period, such as Mozart and Haydn.  People who lived during the Classical period wanted tunes that were singable and memorable.  The tunes often had question phrases and answer phrases.  Click on Mozart's picture to listen to 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik'.
 
 

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(1756-1791)