The pieces and composers
Explore the stories and secrets hidden in 30 classical pieces of music from Ten Pieces I, II and III.
Each piece of music is made up of more than just a great tune – it also has an exciting story to engage and inspire your class.
For each piece you will find free teaching resources, exciting short films, lesson plans, arrangements and more.
Resources are suitable for KS1, KS2, KS3 and First and Second Level in Scotland.
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John Adams - Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Short Ride in a Fast Machine was composed for the opening of an American music festival called 'Great Woods' in 1986.
Kerry Andrew - No Place Like
Explore Kerry Andrew's No Place Like, a special commission for Ten Pieces, with films, lesson plans, musical arrangements and audio downloads.
Mason Bates - Anthology of Fantastic Zoology – Sprite; A Bao A Qu
American DJ and composer Mason Bates premiered his compelling 30-minute orchestral symphony Anthology of Fantastic Zoology in 2015.
Ludwig Van Beethoven - Symphony No. 5 (1st movement)
Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. Beethoven wrote nine symphonies.
Georges Bizet - ‘Habanera’ and ‘Toreador Song’ from ‘Carmen Suite No. 2’
Bizet finished his most famous and most popular piece of work, the opera 'Carmen', in 1874.
Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges - Symphony No. 1 in G major – Allegro (1st mvt)
Behind this classical symphony is an extraordinary story of a composer who took Paris by storm.
Anna Clyne - Night Ferry (extract)
Anna Clyne is a London-born composer who now lives and works in New York.
Aaron Copland - Rodeo – Hoe-Down
Originally composed in 1942 for a ballet called Rodeo, the Hoe-Down features two American square dance tunes and fuses evocative music and dance
Edward Elgar - ‘Enigma’ Variations – Theme (‘Enigma’), variations 11, 6 & 7
Elgar's variations show how music can convey personality, an event, a memory or a moment in time.
Edvard Grieg - In the Hall of the Mountain King from ‘Peer Gynt’
Grieg's music drew on the Norwegian folk tunes of his homeland. He wrote many songs and piano miniatures.
Joseph Haydn - Trumpet Concerto (3rd movement)
Explore Haydn's Concerto for Trumpet in E flat with teaching resources, films and audio downloads.
Gustav Holst - Mars from The Planets
Explore Gustav Holst's The Planets with films, lesson plans, musical arrangements and audio downloads.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Horn Concerto No. 4 (3rd movement)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was an Austrian composer and performer who could play and write music from the age of four!
Modest Mussorgsky - A Night on the Bare Mountain
Explore Modest Mussorgsky's A Night on the Bare Mountain with videos, teaching resources, music downloads and musical arrangements to help you plan lessons. Suitable for KS2
Gabriel Prokofiev - Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra (5th movement)
Gabriel Prokofiev is a London-based composer, producer and DJ. He wrote Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra in 2006.
Henry Purcell - Abdelazer – Rondeau
Composed in 1695, Henry Purcell's Abdelazer suite takes us back to the theatres and masques of the late 17th Century.
Jean Sibelius - Finlandia
Explore Jean Sibelius' patriotic Finlandia with films, lesson plans, musical arrangements and audio downloads.
Igor Stravinsky - The Firebird — suite (1911) (Finale)
Explore Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird, based on a Russian folk tale, with teaching resources, films and audio downloads.
Giuseppe Verdi - ‘Dies Irae’ and ‘Tuba Mirum’ from ‘Requiem’
Giuseppe Verdi was an Italian composer who dominated the Italian opera scene in the late 19th Century.
Richard Wagner - ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ from ‘Die Walküre’
Explore Wilhelm Richard Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries with teaching resources, films and audio downloads.