My younger brother (age 10) has recently started learning to play Bach’s Prelude No.1 on the piano. I asked him to follow a simple set of instructions, an algorithm of sorts, to investigate how, as a relatively naive musician, he interpreted the music:
Taking each note in turn:
- listen to the note and the note that immediately preceeds it.
- draw a pictogram which expresses how you feel regarding the preceeding note.
- on the same piece of paper draw another pictogram relative to the first one, expressing the relative diference between the two notes.
- shape the ball of plasticine provided and place in on the grid in a way that expresses how you feel regarding the pair of notes.
Again, check out the scribd link for the accompanying analysis- if you want a higher quality copy of the pdf for any reason give me a shout and I'll yousendit.