In 3rd grade this week we reviewed a stick passing game from back in the fall. It's a game we play to the piece "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Edvard Grieg. He wrote this music to go with the Norwegian play Peer Gynt. In this piece, Peer, a young boy (who has a hard time following directions) is trying to escape a cave full of trolls! The music gets louder and faster. We learned the terms crescendo (to gradually get louder) and accelerando (to gradually get faster.) We talked about a car's accelerator helping a car get gradually faster.
We also watched a video of an orchestra playing this piece, as we are studying instruments of the orchestra. Here is a link to a live performance of "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by the Berlin Philharmonic.
And, here are videos of each class playing the stick passing game to the piece.
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