We have 6 tutor groups for our Year 7 students. Each have been given the name of a significant person who has made an important difference to their area of influence. In order to ensure that the school community knows about these people we are going to run a mini -series about them. This week we shall be focusing on Gustav Mahler, a very important composer of music who is seen as a bridge between Romantic Classical Music and Modern music. By the time he died in 1911 he had introduced musical elements that have become very familiar today, including jazz and popular tunes, embedded in vast and awe inspiring musical symphonies and song cycles.
His life shows someone dedicated to making music even though he faced many obstacles. His music was often deemed too strange and too new to be tolerated by the rather stuffy musical elites of the time. He was a revolutionary who wanted to express a new range of emotions and musical possibilities to the world. Here at the Royal Greenwich Trust School we are educating all our students to become young people who want to keep thinking about who to be, what to do and how to achieve their ambitions. Mahler is an inspirational role model for all our students.
His music asks us to think about all sorts of questions, such as:
Can we learn about the world through emotion?
Can ugly sounds be beautiful?
What is the purpose of music?
Does music have meaning?
Where does music come from?
What do you think about and feel when listening to Mahler’s music? Do we all have the same thoughts and feelings?