The British Museum. Greeks & Romans

 

5 minutes. Introduce the room and topic/period.

Greeks and Romans. Cast your minds back 2500 years, music journey. Their life. Your life. 

15 MINUTES GREEK CABINET 
Song. Dance.
Lyres, double-reed pipes. 
Look at objects. Tell story through their imagination and enquiry. Let’s hear the music. Do it and evoke the atmosphere.
  • Tortoise shell lyre

Object analysis questions

What do you think it is?

What is it made of?

How do you think it was played?

Show the elastic

What kind of occasion would this be for?

Meaning their life and then your life

2 listenings each time

Track 1. Lyre

Mime, then they do it

Play religious music What kind of occasion would this be for?

Meaning their life and then your life

2 listenings each time

Track 2. Ceremony. Meditative sounding song

Sing drone

  • Pair of reeded pipes

Object analysis questions

What do you think it is?

What is it made of?

How do you think it was played?

Show the bassoon reed

What kind of occasion would this be for?

Meaning their life and then your life

2 listenings each time

Track 3. Double reeded pipes.

What could you do to the music, dance! Can you find the pipes and some dancers? What kind of occasion would this be for?

Meaning their life and then your life

2 listenings each time

Track 4. Double reeded pipes (lively. Improvisation into dance)

Clap the rhythm

  • Black-figured amphora storage jar showing reeded pipes

Object analysis questions

What do you think it was for?

Can you see any people?

What are they doing?

What are they holding?

  • Black figured amphora storage jar showing comic dance 

Object analysis questions

What do you think it was for?

Can you see any people?

What are they doing?

What are they holding?

  • Red figured amphora storage jar showing harp, reeded pipes & kithara (related to the lyre) muses goddesses of choir & Greek philosopher

Object analysis questions

What do you think it was for?

Can you see any people?

What are they doing?

What are they holding?

15 MINUTES ROMAN MUSIC CABINET
War. Theatre. (signal music) Street musicians.
Trumpets, blown across flutes, pan pipes and castanets.
Look at objects. Tell story through their imagination and enquiry. Let’s hear the music. Do it and evoke the atmosphere.
  • Bronze trumpet

Object analysis questions

What do you think it is?

What is it made of?

How do you think it was played?

What kind of occasion would this be for?

Meaning their life and then your life

2 listenings each time

Track 5. War trumpets and flute drone. Calls and signals.

Show trumpet mouth piece

Do hand signals and he-man pose

  • Bronze Figure of a rat playing a trumpet

Object analysis questions

What can you see?

What is it made of?

What is happening?

What kind of occasion would this be for?

Meaning their life and then your life

2 listenings each time

Track 6. Trumpets (lively happier)

“I’m a cheeky rat”

Interval call?

  • Pair of bronze flutes

Object analysis questions

What do you think they are?

What is it made of?

How do you think it was played?

What kind of occasion would this be for?

Meaning their life and then your life

2 listenings each time

Track 7. 2 Flutes sounding mystical

It gets faster?

3 groups 

Pulse 

2 bits of triplet 

Stretched phrase with 2 endings 

Two flute sway into faster and feet beat

The group do

Start with hands then into feet and then whoop 

Rrrrrrr

Hey

Ddddd dddd

  • Bronze Figure of an entertainer dancing and playing castanets

Object analysis questions

What can you see?

What is it made of?

What is happening?

  • Terracotta figure of a musician playing the panpipes

Object analysis questions

What can you see?

What is it made of?

What is happening?

  • Bronze figure of pan with pan pipes

Object analysis questions

What can you see?

What is it made of?

What is happening?

  • Terracotta lamp in the form of an organist playing the water organ

Object analysis questions

What can you see?

What is it made of?

What is happening?

  • Picture of music in the amphitheatre: a man playing the water-organ and a another with a bronze horn

Object analysis questions

What can you see?

What is happening?

15 MINUTES PARTY CABINET
Greek party, dance, games (All instruments included)
Look at objects. Tell story through their imagination and enquiry. Let’s hear the music. Do it and evoke the atmosphere.
  • Red-figured psykter (wine cooler) showing revellers. Dance and lyre from cabinet 1. Wine jar.

Object analysis questions

What do you think it was for?

Can you see any people?

What are they doing?

What are they holding?

What kind of occasion would this be for?

Meaning their life and then your life

2 listenings each time

Track 8  Dance more upbeat. Slow start then party.

  • Red-figured belike (storage jar) showing youths on the way to and from a drinking party. Double pipes and wine.

Object analysis questions

What do you think it was for?

Can you see any people?

What are they doing?

What are they holding?

What kind of occasion would this be for?

Meaning their life and then your life

2 listenings each time

Track 9 Party cheers, flutes drum. (triplet drums)

Hey shouts?

  • Black-figured stand showing revellers and double pipes. A stand to support something and a party.

Object analysis questions

What do you think it was for?

Can you see any people?

What are they doing?

What are they holding?

What kind of occasion would this be for?

Meaning their life and then your life

2 listenings each time

Track 10 Party audience join in & whoop (flutes & reeds)

Reeds come back. 

Stop in middle.

  • Red-figured stemmas (storage jar) showing a flute girl, and men playing kottabos. Playing a game flicking wine dregs.

Object analysis questions

What do you think it was for?

Can you see any people?

What are they doing?

What are they holding?

Lyre to finish Spitting competition kottabos 
10 MINUTES for questions
1 HOUR TOTAL