Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 7 Movement IV

July 18, 2016

This Listening Guide will help you discover the exhilarating fourth movement of Beethoven’s Symphony #7 — arguably one of the most stirring works ever written by anyone.

The series of numbered steps in the Listening Guide provide ideas about what to listen for in each section of the music – and helpful strategies for HOW to listen for them, in order to get more pleasure out of listening.

We’ve put together a Listening Guide Package, to help you get the most out of this simple but powerful tool for engaging deeply in music listening.  The package includes

  • versions of the Listening Guide in different formats, with and without answers;
  • a glossary of terms
  • an annotated score
  • suggested audio and video versions of the piece, and recording timelines for both
  • a lesson plan for using the Guide in instructional settings

 Here’s how you can use the elements of this package.

If you’re using it for a personal listening experience:

  1. Choose the “portrait” version of the Guide without answers. You can either print it out and grab a pencil, or use it on your screen.
  1. You might also want to open the Glossary of Terms and have it handy, so that you can look up any musical words you’re unfamiliar with.
  1. Depending on whether you want to watch an orchestra play as you listen, or prefer to just listen…either cue up the YouTube video we suggest (and click on our link to the Video Recording Timeline), or procure the iTunes audio recording we suggest (and click on our link to the Audio Recording Timeline).
  2. You’re ready to go.  Start the music, with an eye on your Guide.  You’ll see that the numbered steps on the Guide provide ideas about what to listen for in the music at every juncture. For each number, you can pause and listen to that section of music once or twice more, to better understand what you’re listening for, and answer any questions the Guide poses.

 Don’t hurry! This is your chance to dive into the music and let your listening become an active part of it.

  1. At the end, click on the “Guide With Answers” to see how sharp your listening skills were. Then, press “Replay” on your recording and listen to the whole movement.  You’ll be amazed at how much you hear, and how much more engaging you find it.

If you’re using it with a group, for instructional purposes: 

  1. Download the Lesson Plan. You can use any or all of these elements to create fun and instructive lessons around the Listening Guide.
  1. If you like, download the Annotated Score. This can be used only by the teacher, or shared with the students if they are advanced enough to read musical scores.
  1. Download the Guide without answers – choose the “landscape” or “portrait” version (whichever is suitable for your whiteboard). Distribute printed copies to students.
  1. Print copies of the Glossary of terms and distribute for students to have handy, so that they can look up musical terms they’re unfamiliar with.
  1. Depending on whether you want your students to watch an orchestra play as they listen, or just to concentrate on listening…either cue up the YouTube video we suggest (and click on our link to the Video Recording Timeline), or procure and cue up the iTunes audio recording we suggest (and click on our link to the Audio Recording Timeline).
  2. You’re ready to go. The Lesson Plan suggests how to use the Listening Guide while playing the music for your students.  Feel free to adapt as you like, for your particular setting and students.

Beethoven's 7 Mvt 4 Sample

Listening Guide for Individual Use:  $4.99  Buy Now
Institutional License (unlimited number of copies):  $9.99  Buy Now

We recommend that you pair our Listening Guide with a video clip on YouTube or an audio file and follow along.  Our audio and video recording timelines provided with your purchase match these suggested  audio and video recordings:

Suggested audio file:   Carlos Kleiber with the Vienna Philharmonic on iTunes

Suggested YouTube clipHaitink & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (below)

 

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