Mendelssohn’s Voyage
Listening: Mendelssohn – Hebrides Overture

Hebrides Overture performed by the London Symphony Orchestra

Hebrides Overture (with Full Score and Analysis)
(you don’t have to be able to read the notes on the page, instead, react to the shapes you see from the notes written on the page).

Documentary on the Hebrides Islands

Documentary on Mendelssohn


1/ What are your overall impressions of the piece? How does it make you feel? Do you like it? Dislike it?

2. Try focusing on different aspects of the music such as rhythm (steady or irregular), melody (singable or not singable), texture (block of sound, bursts of sound, dots of sound, or does it sound like a crowded room with everyone talking), or visual (orchestra playing vs watching the score). If you’re unsure about any of these, don’t worry! We will talk about them in more detail. 

3. What are some sounds (if any) that really remind you of the ocean?

4. Does Mendelssohn favor one section of the orchestra for one type of mood over another?

5. Look up 1 fact about Mendelssohn. It can be anything you find interesting.