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Lang Lang playing  Chopin

Frédéric François Chopin  (1 March or 22 February 1810[2] – 17 October 1849) was a Polish composer and pianist. He is widely considered one of the greatest Romantic piano composers.Chopin was born in Żelazowa Wola, a village in the Duchy of Warsaw. A renowned child-prodigy pianist and composer, he grew up in Warsaw and completed his music education there; he composed many of his mature works in Warsaw before leaving Poland in 1830 at age 20. For most of his life Chopin suffered from poor health; he died in Paris in 1849 at age 39.

Today we had an exciting music session. We listened to Chopin and we have been thinking ‘deeply’ about the music and how to create a storyboard linked to our topic of Water [Rivers] and to our Science topic of solids, liquids and gases. 

Y5 children came up with the brilliant ideas for their six storyboard-pictures, some of them were thinking about the mood and rhythm of the music and how to link it to actions to convey their ‘story’. Shivam has already a title for his ‘story’: ‘The Wave’  and it sounds like somebody on a surfboard got almost in trouble due to a big wave, but cleverly used his surfboard to hold on to and drifted on the calm waves to safety. – what a great idea! Harveen S thought up a storm, where her umbrella got blown away by a strong wind…brilliant! We are going to refine our ideas in our next lesson. Eventually, we will have an animated movie created by using windows movie maker. We will add the music to our own creations and we hope to post our videos here quite soon! 

We also listened and joined in with Senwa dedende. It is a song from Ghana and it’s about a lazy vulture! Listen to the song on this link: [the song will open in a new window]Senwa dedende



Chopin at the age of 20 – image: Wikipedia

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