QUOTE(Czerny @ Feb 17 2012, 07:23 PM)
I'm looking for suggestions of pieces containing obvious musical contrasts. The contrasts should ideally be clear and obvious (I'll be playing the music to primary-aged children) and the pieces ideally quite short (or a specified section of a larger work). The contrasts themselves could be pretty much anything: dynamics, instrumentation, tempo, texture, etc.
I used to use the Carnival of the Animals, but contrast two different pieces, like tortoises and wild asses for tempo, or the Lion and the Cuckoo for dynamics, or the elephant and the aviary for pitch; this was with year 1, though. How old are yours?
My favourite trick with them was to have them choose one each out of loud or soft, high or low, smooth or jumpy, fast or slow (you can sing that to the tune of Little Brown Jug!) and then play a simple tune of their choice using those qualities on the keyboard. Then I'd do it again, changing only one element, and ask them what had changed. Then I'd ask them for another set of qualities (it needn't be all four, just three works OK) and play a piece which complied with all but one, and have them tell me what I was getting wrong, without having heard it the way they'd asked first. It was impressive how many children in year 1 could tell me correctly!
When I did contrasts in secondary school I used Suppe's Light Cavalry Overture, and they listened to it in detail to find more subtle contrasts, even as far as time-signature, one or many, left and right. But I think this might need too much concentration for primary