“Peter and the Wolf” is a composition by Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) written in 1936 as a children’s story, spoken by a narrator and performed by the orchestra. Each character in the story has a particular instrument and a musical theme, which is called a “leitmotiv”.
a) Listen to the beginning of the piece. Here is the text spoken by the narrator, but there are some words missing.
Fill in the gaps with the words you hear.
This is the story of Peter and the Wolf. Each character in this tale is going to be represented by a different …………… of the………………. For instance, the bird will be played by the …….. Like this. Here’s the duck, played by the ……….. The cat, by the ……………….. The ………………. will represent the grandfather. The wolf, by the …………………………. And Peter, by the ………………. The blast of the hunters’ shotguns, …………….. by the kettledrums. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin.
In 1946, Walt Disney produced an animated dramatization of Prokofiev’s composition. This version makes several changes to the original score, for example the animals have names, and the end of the story is different.
b) Watch Disney’s version of “Peter and the Wolf”. While watching, take notes on what happens in the story. At the end, working in groups of three, compare your notes with the rest of the group, and write a summary of the story of “Peter and the Wolf”.
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Nacimiento de Mitra, Nacimiento de Horus, Nacimiento de Cristo, las fiestas Brumalias, Saturnalias, de Sant Antoni, de Sant Sebastià…. tienen en común ser ritos de solsticio de invierno. ¿Tienen algo en común? Consulta AULA VIRTUAL
El solsticio de invierno se celebra, mediante ritos religiosos o fiestas populares, en todas las culturas. En todas ellas el solsticio se interpreta de forma metafórica. Repasa el significado de METÁFORA explicado en clase. Comenta el significado metafórico de los siguientes rituales (religiosos o profanos) relacionados con el solsticio de invierno, que en nuestra cultura se denomina Navidad:
Hogueras (foguerons) / El niño recién nacido / Los regalos / Los dulces / La lotería / Els dimonis
El solsticio de invierno se celebra, mediante ritos religiosos o fiestas populares, en todas las culturas. En todas ellas el solsticio se interpreta de forma paradójica. Repasa el significado de PARADOJA explicado en clase. Comenta las siguientes paradojas relacionadas con el solsticio de invierno, que en nuestra cultura se denomina Navidad:
– fin de año / comienzo del año
– noche / sol
– muerte / vida
– viejo / nuevo
In 2.en.15 you were given some useful handouts to help you write a film review. In this post you will find further practice from http://www.bogglesworldesl.com to help you write book reviews. This time we shall concentrate on the setting. Complete the information missing in these handouts. As you did with films, you can print them or copy the questions and answers in your notebook.
Setting: handout 1
Setting: handout 2
Setting : handout 3
Now I’m sure it will be much easier for you to write about the setting of a book you’ve read.
In previous posts we talked about films. Now it is time to move from films to books. What do films and books have in common? Well, they both tell stories, don’t they?
Many of the terms you learnt to talk about films (plot, character, setting, genre) will also be useful to talk about books. We shall start talking about some of the books you are reading in your Spanish and Catalan lessons. Our first choice is “The Prince of Mist” by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Most of you found it really gripping. Though originally written in Spanish, it has been translated to many other languages.
The responsible for the translation into English has got a strong connection with Majorca. Let’s see if anyone comes up with the answer…
This is the promotional video that presented the book to the British market in 2010.
Does the video make you want read the book?
This is an interview with Carlos Garcia Zafón, the author of “The Prince of Mist”, the book you have just finish reading in your Spanish class.
The author, in perfect English -I bet you are surprised at how good he is- talks about his books and his work as a writer.
Watch the video and answer the following questions. Write down the answers in your notebook. In some cases you will need to answer full questions while in others, just complete the missing words.
- How many novels had he written before “The Prince of Mist” that had not been translated into English?
- The Prince of Mist is the first of a sequence of young adult novels he wrote in the _______’s
- Complete the titles of the Trilogy: The Prince of Mist; The Palace of____________; The Lights of _______________
- He describes these novels as : F____________ stories; G____________ M________________adventure
- Do these novels have the same characters?
- What do they have in common?
- When was the Prince of Mist published in English?
- Had the book been published when Zafón gave this interview?
- Zafón says that The Prince of Mist is a coming of age story, what does he mean?
- Where is the story set?
- Why is Max forced to move out of the city?
- Where do Max and his family move to?
- Who did the house belong to in the past?
- What is one of the themes of the novel?
- According to Zafón, do teenagers accept the answers given by adults or do they need to figure out answers by themselves?
- What is the moral of the story in the Prince of Mist?
- Where does Zafón write?
- In order to write Zafón needs to be connected or cut off from the World?
- What are the essential tools for a writer?
- Where did he get his inspiration from?
- What does he use his characters for?
- What do you think about his office, where he gives this interview?
- Is this video recorded in California or in Barcelona?
- Does the place seem as a “secluded cave” to you?
- Had you seen or listened to Zafón talking about his books before?
- Did you expect him to be like this when you read the book?
Homework: It has to be finished by the 7th of January 2014.
This week, after watching Matilda in class, you learnt to search information about films in the Internet. We used two sites Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb. There are many more, but these two are a good start. In these sites you can read film reviews written by critics but also by users of the site who like to post their opinion. Ratings reflect the number of people who actually watched a particular film and gave it a mark. Matilda, so far, has been rated by 60.549 IMDb users . According to IMDb users, Matilda deserves a 6’6. First ESO E students thought it deserved a higher mark. A quick class survey resulted in a 7’5. Rotten tomatoes rating was closer to our mark.
In these film sites, you can also find out detailed information about films: cast, director, soundtrack. You can also read synopsis and summaries. Before watching a film, you should not read synopsis that contains spoilers, as it can ruin all fun. Here is a sample of a summary that does not contain spoilers. (spoilers reveal the ending of a film or relevant parts of the plot, thus destroying the fun and enjoyment of suspense)