Music for Macbeth

Year 9 have been looking at the role of music as a background to words, in particular how it can be used to enhance the mood, atmosphere and meaning of the text as this is recited. They listened to ‘The Night Mail’ – poem by Auden, music by Britten and also ‘Tango’ from Walton’s Facade in which the composer wrote music to accompany a selection of poems by Edith Sitwell. Their subsequent task was to compose music to accompany either the opening witches’ scene from Macbeth or Macbeth’s famous soliloquy, ‘Is this a dagger…’ Here is what one group put together: