Online resources

Online resources

CONCERT GUIDE

Here is the teaching guide for the Symphonic Crossing concert.

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The Foley artist reveals his art!

Sébastien Heppell recreates selected sequences of the concert to unveil the secrets of his craft.

 

Simple version

 

PLAYLIST

Here is a PLAYLIST of the pieces that will be performed during the concert.

See the playlist

Sibelius, Pohjola’s Daughter, op. 49

Performers: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hannu Lintu, conductor

 

Smetana, My Homeland, “The Moldau”

Performers: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent, conductor

 

Debussy, La mer, « Dialogue du vent et de la mer »

Performers: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit, conductor

 

Denis Gougeon, À l’aventure

Performers: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit, conductor

 

Beethoven, Symphony no. 5 in C minor, op. 67, 4th movement, Allegro (excerpt)

Performers: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Kent Nagano, conductor

 

Rossini, William Tell, Overture

Performers: Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung, conductor

 

Shostakovich, Symphony no. 5 in D minor, op. 47, 1st movement, Moderato

Performers: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons, conductor

 

Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition, “The Great Gate of Kiev”

Performers: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Valery Gergiev, conductor

To learn more about Mylène Paquette’s achievement

The show Découverte of Radio-Canada produced this documentary on the crossing of Mylène Paquette. You can learn much more on her adventure as well as see some pictures that she took while she was alone at see. In French.

 

 

In preparation for the concert

Listen to OSM Youth concerts’ ambassador Patrice Bélanger and Adam Johnson, assistant conductor of the OSM, as they present invisible elements of music that are really interesting to hear when you attend a symphonic concert.

 

 

 

Here is a video recording where you can watch musician Geneviève Grenier’s hands while she plays the ondes Martenot :

See: 9’07 à 12’45

 

 

 

Without knowing, you are probably familiar with the Overture of Guillaume Tell by Rossini. Discover in this video the characteristics of this piece and its different sections.

 

 

Follow the current : Vltava (The Moldau)

When listening to the first minutes of this piece, what scenario do you imagine for this scene? What is happening musically? What does it depict? You can compare your scenario to this one:

 

As the music opens, Smetana evokes the source of the Moldau, a delicate trickle of water that springs from the Earth and is tossed back and forth between the rocks in the forest to the sound of the flute. The pizzicati (notes that are played by plucking rather than bowing, producing short, sharp sounds) of the strings with the harp are droplets splashing in the current.

 

The flutes are soon joined by clarinets: other rivulets merge together, broadening into a stream, which soon becomes a mighty river. The Moldau begins to swirl: the shifted accents in the bar give us a sense of the turbulence in the water.

 

The river widens, now calm, but full and majestic, and flows through a plain. We see a group of people on the bank, and follows a Slavic melody weaving the figure of the nurturing river with the life of the people. The first violins and woodwinds depict this melody while the rest of the strings maintain an undulating motion in sixteenth notes to symbolize the movement of the water.

 

 

Follow the current : Vltava (The Moldau)

Mechanical waves have the capacity to transport energy without moving mass. And so, when sound travels, the air vibrates, its molecules collide and find their initial position but do not move. Mechanical waves can be found in numerous phenomena such as earthquakes (where the released energy, and not the collision of tectonic plates, travels in the earth’s crust), waves (where the liquid is disturbed by the energy of the wind), and the vibration in a string (when the violinist vibrates, with his bow, a string of his instrument).

 

Electromagnetic waves describe large phenomena of electromagnetic radiation such as radio waves, X-rays, visible light, and micro-waves. An electromagnetic wave is the disruption of a magnetic or electric field by a particle like a photon or an electron. They vary according to their wavelength (the distance a wave travels in an empty space) and their frequency (the amount of times a wave is reproduced per time unit).

 

To learn more on electromagnetic waves, you can read this article on the electromagnetic spectrum.

 

 

CONCERT GUIDE

Consult the Discovering the OSM : What you see and what you don’t concert guide.

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TAKE PART IN THE CONCERT!

Learn this choreography of body percussion and join the OSM

during the event!

 

 

PLAYLIST

Here is a playlist of works you’ll hear at the concert.

See the playlist

Smetana, The Bartered Bride: “Dance of the Comedians”            

Performers: Cleveland Orchestra, Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor

 

Tchaikovsky, Symphony no. 4 in F minor, op. 36: 3rd movement (Scherzo), excerpt

Performers: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit, conductor

 

Tchaikovsky, Symphony no. 4 in F minor, op. 36: 3rd movement (Scherzo), excerpt

Performers: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit, conductor

 

Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition: “Promenade”                               

Performers: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Colin Davis, conductor

 

Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker, Suite no. 1: “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” excerpt

Performers: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit, conductor

 

Copland, Rodeo: “Hoe-Down”                                                                    

Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Copland, conductor

 

Brahms, Symphony no. 3 in F major, op. 90: 3rd movement (Poco allegretto)

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan,  conductor

 

Berlioz, Symphonie fantastique: “Songe d’une nuit de sabbat” (Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath) 

Performers: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit, conductor

 

Beethoven, Symphony no. 3 in E-flat major, op. 55, “Eroica”: 2nd movement (Funeral March), excerpt                     

Performers: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Kent Nagano, conductor

 

Beethoven, Symphony no. 3 in E-flat major, op. 55, “Eroica”: 3rd movement (Scherzo), excerpt

Performers: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Kent Nagano, conductor

 

Grieg, Peer Gynt, Suite no. 1: “In the Hall of the Mountain King”             

Performers: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi, conductor

 

Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker: “Trepak”     

Performers: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit, conductor

VIDEOS

Listen to OSM Youth concerts’ ambassador Patrice Bélanger and Adam Johnson, assistant conductor of the OSM, as they present invisible elements of music that are really interesting to hear when you attend a symphonic concert.

 

Watch a series of videos featuring OSM musicians introducing the different sections of the orchestra.

 

 

 

DISCOVER THE OCTOBASS!

Watch this presentation by maestro Kent Nagano and Eric Chappell, the OSM’s octobassist.

 

 

 

LISTENING GUIDE

Explore Grieg’s « In the Hall of the Mountain King » with this illustrated listening guide.   

CONCERT GUIDE

Consult Alice in Wonderland ‘s concert guide.

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ALICE'S DIARY

How did Alice feel during her adventure? You can read Alice’s secret diary, in which she recounts her journey through Wonderland.

PLAYLIST

Here is a playlist of works you’ll hear at the concert.

Ravel, Gaspard de la nuit, “Ondine” (arr. M. Constant)
Performers : Lyon National Orchestra;  Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Beintus, Shoka,  “Sumidagawa” (On the Sumida River)
Performers : Orchestre symphonique de Montréal; Kent Nagano, chef d’orchestre

Jean Lesage, Sensations confuses (excerpt)

Ligeti, Romanian Concerto, Allegro vivace
Performers: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Jonathan Nott, conductor

Bartók, Dance Suite, BB 86a, IV. Molto tranquillo
Performers: Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Georg Solti, conductor

Stravinsky, The Firebird, Suite (1919 version), “Lullaby”
Performers: New York Philarmonic Symphony; Igor Stravinsky, conductor

Satie, Parade, “Acrobates,” “Final” and “Suite au ‘Prélude du Rideau rouge’ ”
Performers: Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy;  Jerome Kaltenbach, conductor

Satie, Gnossienne no. 3 (arr. F. Poulenc)
Performers: Toulouse Capitol Orchestra; Michel Plasson, conductor

Bartók, Romanian Folk Dances, BB 76, Stick Dance
Performers: Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Georg Solti,conductor

Britten, The Prince of the Pagodas, Suite, op. 57 (excerpts)
Performers: BBC Symphony Orchestra;  Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Ravel,  L’Enfant et les sortilèges, “Arrière! Je réchauffe les bons”
Performers: Julie Boulianne, soprano; Nashville Symphony Orchestra; Alastair Willis, conductor

Ravel, Ma mère l’Oye, “Le Jardin féérique”
Performers: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande;  Ernest Ansermet, conductor

Adams, Short Ride in a Fast Machine (excerpt)
Performers: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra; Edo de Waart, conductor

VIDEOS

Watch a series of videos featuring OSM musicians introducing the different sections of the orchestra.

 

 

Useful link

Discover fun-filled activities to introduce Alice to your class as well as an Alice in Wonderland board game on Macmillan readers’ website.