For this Guided Listening, you will need the following:
A copy of these teaching steps
Text asset: Harry Somers, North Country
Audio asset: Excerpt from North Country by Harry Somers

Audio excerpts and textual information are provided below the guided listening.

I. Identify
• Write the title North Country on the board and ask students to predict they might hear in a piece of music by this name.
• Listen to the audio asset excerpt from Harry Somers’ North Country.
• Ask: What does this remind you of? If you think about camping or staying at the cottage, what does it remind you of? Do you think it is an accurate depiction of the flight of a mosquito? If you think it could be improved, how might you make it more accurate? Perhaps a slap sound?

II. Create
• Have studen Read More
For this Guided Listening, you will need the following:
A copy of these teaching steps
Text asset: Harry Somers, North Country
Audio asset: Excerpt from North Country by Harry Somers

Audio excerpts and textual information are provided below the guided listening.

I. Identify
• Write the title North Country on the board and ask students to predict they might hear in a piece of music by this name.
• Listen to the audio asset excerpt from Harry Somers’ North Country.
• Ask: What does this remind you of? If you think about camping or staying at the cottage, what does it remind you of? Do you think it is an accurate depiction of the flight of a mosquito? If you think it could be improved, how might you make it more accurate? Perhaps a slap sound?

II. Create
• Have students experiment making mosquito sounds first with voices only, then with any available instruments.
• Try creating your own class interpretation of time spent in the north country (using whatever geographic meaning those two words have for your class).
• Compare the class soundscape with the audio asset excerpt. Are there any similarities?

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Harry Somers (1925-1999), one of the many students of Canadian composer John Weinzweig, took inspiration from various subjects as Louis Riel, Yeats, and Zen. He was also inspired by the geography of his home province of Ontario. North Country, an early work, takes the ruggedness, tranquility, majesty, and energy of northern Ontario as its inspiration.
Harry Somers (1925-1999), one of the many students of Canadian composer John Weinzweig, took inspiration from various subjects as Louis Riel, Yeats, and Zen. He was also inspired by the geography of his home province of Ontario. North Country, an early work, takes the ruggedness, tranquility, majesty, and energy of northern Ontario as its inspiration.

© 2010, National Arts Centre. All Rights Reserved.

An excerpt from North Country by Harry Somers (0:04-1:13).

Harry Somers

© 1948, Harry Somers.


Learning Objectives

Landscape and Soundscape is designed for students and educators to meet the following objectives.
  • Learn about how the landscape of Canada influences our identity
  • Understand how musical composition can make use of environmental sounds.
  • Make a personal connection to the landscape and/or soundscape through listening to the music of these five composers and also make a connection through composing music inspired by immediate surroundings.

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