Aha! Classical - Maestro Peek Listening

Quest 5: Learn a Little More

“Learn a Little More” is a deeper dive into listening to classical music.

In under 5 minutes, Maestro Maull helps us prepare to weather the winter through an exploration of the opening of the 5th and final movement of
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 – The Pastoral

If you like these more detailed “Learn a Little More” quizzes, you’ll love the Listening Guides for even more advanced listening.


The flute is a transverse (or side-blown) woodwind instrument that is closed at the blown end. It is played by blowing a stream of air over the embouchure hole. The pitch is changed by opening or closing keys that cover circular tone holes (there are typically 16 tone holes). Opening and closing the holes produces higher and lower pitches. Higher pitches can also be achieved through over-blowing, like most other woodwind instruments. The direction and intensity of the airstream also affects the pitch, timbre, and dynamics.

from Wikipedia