Sunday, December 17, 2006

Term 2 Selections – January through March 2007

ART: J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851) English Landscape Painter
Short biography
1. Rain, Steam and Speed
2. Fighting Temeraire, with commentary by Ruskin
This work was chosen as the best painting in Britain
by popular vote at some radio program:
3. The Boys Catching Crabs
4. Rome from the Vatican
(painters seen with Rome as backdrop)
5. Fisherman at Sea
6. The Fifth Plague of Egypt
Boys might enjoy seeing this:
Sunrise with Sea Monsters
Turner was John Ruskin’s favorite artist. Here’s some of Ruskin’s
writing about Turner; there are more:
Please go to
for Picture Study helps, to purchase prints of the term selections,
and to make your own screensavers using images you choose (free).
The Term 1 Selections will be posted there for your future reference.
COMPOSER STUDY: Robert Schumann (1848) (Early Romantic)
Listening selections for this term:
Carnaval (for piano)
Scenes from Childhood for piano
Symphony no 1 in B flat Op 38 "Spring"
Symphony no 2 in C Op 61
an arabeske or humoreske
Liederkreis or other song cycle
Recordings of these pieces may be available at public libraries. If
your local branch doesn’t have them, ask for them through interlibrary
loan. You should also be able to find many used copies available at
local used bookstores or internet sites such as or .
Opal Wheeler has a book in (re)print:
Check our website for helpful suggestions on classical music study:
FOLK SONG: Minstrel Boy
This is track #17 on the Homestead Pickers cd set of the Ambleside
Online folk song selections.
Suggestions for ways to use folk songs are given here, toward the end
of the page:
December: Star in the East
January: Thus Far The Lord Has Led Me On
February: Blest Be the Tie That Binds
March: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Hymns make wonderful copywork selections. You may also wish to ask
your students to recite the words to the hymns (as they do their
poetry recitations) at the end of the month in which they are
learned–an excellent mental exercise, and one which Charlotte Mason
suggested herself!

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