LP Composers and compositions

Compositions and their composers

Duration: 1 lesson - requires that the following lessons have been completed: The lessons covering the composers Carl Nielsen, Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven and Erik Sandberg

The following games are used for this exercise: the Museum and the Post Office game.

The pupils will achieve the following skills:

"They will become acquainted with five composers (Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Carl Nielsen and Erik Sandberg) and one of their compositions from different time periods (the Baroque period, the Viennese Classic period, the Romantic period and the Modern Classic period)

"They will be able to distinguish between the pieces of music

"They will be able to recognise a piece of music from each composer

Compositions:Air (1731) by Bach - the Baroque period

Symphony No. 40 in G minor (1788) by Mozart - the Viennese

Classic period

Für Elise by Beethoven - the Romantic period

Prelude (1929) by Carl Nielsen - the Romantic/the Modern

Classic period

Black on Blue (2014) by Erik Sandberg - the Modern Classic period


The pupils must get to know the pieces composed by the five composers on their own.  They must read about the five pieces and listen to the music. The pieces are available here:

Air behind the cloud

Für Elise or Symphony No. 40 in G minor behind the pedestal with the red pillow and the number 40

Prelude behind the figure of Carl Nielsen as a boy

Black on Blue behind the blue picture with the black spot

The pupils must play the Post Office game which can be found by the post office close to Erik Sandberg.

If the pupils have made too many mistakes in the subgames, they can always return to the museum and read about/listen to everything again.

Launch the activity by writing on the blackboard:

"Log on to www.themusicgame.net. Go to the Museum and hear what the custodian has to say".

Instructions for the pupils

The custodian's speech

"I'm so glad to see you! They've called me from the post office. They've made a mess of the letters. A lot of letters containing music have arrived and they must be delivered to the composer who wrote the music. And the postman cannot recognise the music. But I'm sure that you can help him because we have the pieces of music in question here at the museum. You can find them if you click on the cloud and on the little statue of Carl Nielsen in uniform. You must also click on the number 40. It's placed on the pedestal with the red pillow. But you're not done yet. Also click on book No. 9 in the brown bookcase and on the blue painting with the little black spot. You must listen to the pieces of music so that you can decide who's to receive the different letters. Good luck! The postmaster said that he'll pay you for your help. I have to go. A group of Japanese tourists are coming. They want a guided tour of the museum. See you! Oh, don't forget to read my note on the notice board. Bye!

The custodian's note

The post office needs your help with some letters. In the letters, there are some pieces of music. The letters must be delivered to the composer who has composed the music. Start by listening to the music here at the museum. Click on the cloud and the pillow with the number 40 and on the statue with the boy in uniform and on the blue painting with the black spot. The post office will pay you for each letter you deliver.

Thank you for your help!


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