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Once Upon A Tune: Stories from the Orchestra

by James Mayhew

Once Upon a Tune brings you six wonderful stories from many lands – all of which inspired great music. You can battle trolls with Peer Gynt in ‘The Hall of the Mountain King’; grapple with a magic broom in ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’; meet the evil Witch of the North in ‘The Swan of Tuonela’; sail the seven seas with Sinbad the Sailor in ‘Scheherazade’; be a prince disguised as a bee in ‘The Flight of the Bumblebee’; and become a fearless hero in ‘William Tell’.

The stories are excitingly told and stunningly illustrated by James Mayhew. There is also a Musical Notes feature, where you can find out more about the stories and music, plus discover James’ recommended recordings.

Programme of Study

Pupils should be taught to:

  • appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • develop an understanding of the history of music

Myatt & Co Film

Not available at the moment.

Recommended unit on on In The Hall of the Mountain King on the BBC Ten Pieces website:

CBBC – Ten Pieces – In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg

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