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Listen to different types of music. Try abstract painting while the music plays, shapes, colours, textures, remember you can paint with all sorts of different things, wood, sponge, feathers, metal combs, fingers etc. You could even glue in different things depending on what the music suggests to you.

How does it make us feel? Why?
Listening to the different types of music put them under headings, “sad”, “lonely” etc.
How can we make someone sad feel happy?

The videos below feature some suggestions of different types of evocative music. They could also be used in movement and dance work. Perhaps start small, sitting, listening with eyes closed and just move hands to the music (this might lead into painting, see above). If appropriate try full body movement.

  • Russian Dance from The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky. (Joyful, fast paced)
  • Four Seasons: Winter (Largo) by Vivaldi. (Calming, peaceful)

  • The Swan from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens. (Sad and mournful)

    The following are some further suggestions of evocative music:

    • Fingal’s Cave from The Hebredian Suite by Mendelsshon (calm, building to a storm)
    • Mars from The Planets by Holst (aggressive building to a frenetic climax)
    • Prelude a l’ Apres midi d’une Faune by Claude Debussy (mysterious, ghostly)
    • Saturn from The Planets by Holst (sad and mournful)
    • Morning Noon and Night in Vienna, Poet and Peasant by Suppe (sad and subdued)
    • Eine Kleine Nachtmusic by Mozart (bright, gentle and calming)
    • Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart (bright, uplifting)
    • Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky (various movements celebratory or sad)
    • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by Handel (bright and happy)
    • Night on a Bare Mountain by Mussorgky (mystical with powerful chords)
    • Oh Fortuna from Carmina Burana by Orff (dramatic, tense quiet with loud bursts)
    • Carnival from Suite de Ballet in E-Flat by Holst (celebratory, lively)
    • Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla by Glinka (excited and celebratory)
    • Polovtsian Dances by Borodin (bold and expansive dancing music)
    • Sabre Dance by Khachaturian (very excitable and fast dancing music)
    • Promenade by Mussorgsky (proud and stately)
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