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Leonard Berstein's "Mambo" from West Side Story, Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra

This fantastic recording of "Mambo" from the musical West Side Story by Leonard Berstein is performed by the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuella. Conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

 

Answer the following questions:-

 

1) Which family of instruments is featured at the start of this piece (14 seconds)?

2) Which family of instruments play the melody at 22 seconds?

3) What word do the musicians shout out at 49sec and what does this word mean?

4)  Which instruments play the melody at 1:50?

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An Orchestra recording "The Incredibles" Soundtrack

This fantastic video lets you see the making of "The Incredibles" soundtrack!  Look out for lots of different instruments which are featured.

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Children in Need's Flash Mob Orchestra

An orchestra flash mob that was created to raise money for Children in Need.

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On the Shoulders of Giants - Cory Band

Finale from "On the Shoulders of Giants" by Peter Graham.  Answer the following questions:-

 

1) Which Italian word best describes the tempo of this piece?

2) Name 2 percussion instruments that you see being played in the first 20 seconds.

3) Which Italian word best describes the dynamics at 14-15 sec and, 23-24 sec?

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Pirates of the Caribbean - performed by a wind band

Honolulu Community Concert Band & Hawaii Pacific University Symphonic Band play the Pirates of the Caribbean.

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Orchestra playing "Rhapsody in Blue"

A performance of "Rhapsody in Blue" by Gershwin at the Classical Brit Awards.  Herbie Hancock and Lang Lang, two famous pianists, also feature alongside the orchestra.

 

Answer the following questions...

 

1) What instrument starts this piece and what concept best describes how it plays at the beginning?

2) What does the instrument play at 0:55?

3) At 0:58 the trumpet has a mute put into the end of the instrument.  What effect does this have on the sound of the instrument?

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Flash mob orchestra!

The Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra performing "Bolero" by Ravel as a flash mob at Copenhagen Central Station.

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BBC Proms 2011: Tim Minchin - F Sharp (Comedy Prom)

Comedian Tim Minchin brings his own inimitable style of musical fun to the BBC PROMS 2011 in the Royal Albert Hall, London.

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