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AS (G) Homework w/c 1st December

Instrumental (for Tuesday)

1. Consolidate your notes and anthology
2. Read the notes on Moodle for the Mozart (1 & 2 in the folder) and annotate your scores
3. Write the following essay, which must have an intro, conclusion and TEN clear points made, preferably in different paragraphs: Identify features of the Mozart that are typical of the Classical style

Remember the workshop for this class is on THURSDAY at 1.15

Vocal (for Monday)

Keep on working on intervals using the resources provided

Harmony (for Friday)

Cadence Worksheet 6 (given out in class but also p. 25 of Workbook)

Remember the workshop for this class is on TUESDAY at 1.15

Composition (end of Wednesday)

Not yet set – see last week

AS (F) Homework w/c 1st December

Instrumental (for Tuesday)

1. Consolidate your notes and anthology
2. Read the notes on Moodle for the Mozart (1 & 2 in the folder) and annotate your scores
3. Write the following essay, which must have an intro, conclusion and TEN clear points made, preferably in different paragraphs: Identify features of the Mozart that are typical of the Classical style

Remember the workshop for this class is on THURSDAY at 1.15

Vocal (for Wednesday)

Keep on working on intervals using the resources provided

Harmony (for Wednesday)

Cadence Worksheet 6 was given out in class (p. 25 of Workbook but I have taken these in for marking)

Remember the workshop for this class is on TUESDAY at 1.15

Composition (end of Wednesday)

You do not need to submit anything this week but by the end of the last day of term you must have submitted 4 sketches and 12 influences.

Remember the workshop for this class is on WEDNESDAY after college.

A2 (D) Homework set w/c 1st December

Instrumental

Not yet set – see last week

Applied

Essay: Identify features of the Gabrieli that would help you identify it as a work of a Venetian composer in the late Sixteenth Century. Make sure you read through the Rhinegold and Edexcel notes in the folder on Moodle FIRST and also use your Coggles

Timed essays next week on all three works

Chorale

No homework this week

There is no chorale workshop this week because Iain and I have had to swap our teaching due to a College Leadership Team away day. You may bring chorales to my Wednesday Composition workshop after college if you wish

Composing

You do not need to submit composition this week but you can if you wish for specific advice.

Composing workshop is on Wednesday after college.

A2 (A) Homework set w/c 1st December

Instrumental

Not yet set – see last week

Applied

Essay: Identify features of the Gabrieli that would help you identify it as a work of a Venetian composer in the late Sixteenth Century. Make sure you read through the Rhinegold and Edexcel notes in the folder on Moodle FIRST and also use your Coggles

Timed essays next week on all three works

Chorale

No homework this week.

There is no chorale workshop this week because Iain and I have had to swap our teaching due to a College Leadership Team away day

Composing

Not yet set – see last week

Piece of the week (December 1st 2014)

This week’s piece is Christus Vincit by the Scottish composer James MacMillan.

Youtube Link

I have chosen it because some of us are going to see the UK premiere of  his St Luke’s Passion at the CBSO this coming Thursday.

It was written in 1994 to be performed on St Cecilia’s day in St Paul’s in London. Listening to this piece you can imagine the soaring melismas and lush harmonies echoing through the resonant spaces of a grand cathedral. Being a devout Catholic, MacMillan’s religious music has a reverence and beauty that resonates even with miserable old atheists like me. His other music is worth exploring as well, particularly The Confessions of Isobel Gowdie and Veni, Veni Emmanuel, which are probably his most famous.

The text for Christus Vincit translates as follows:

Christ conquers
Christ is King
Christ is Lord of all

Piece of the week (November 24th 2014)

Each week I will pick a piece that you might want to give a quick listen. This week I have chosen a piece by BBC Radio 3 Composer of the Week, Manuel de Falla (1876-1946).

De Falla, who is one of Spain’s most famous composers, wrote music that was often fantastically exotic and colourful but his Nights in the Garden of Spain (1915) is probably his most impressionistic – recalling Debussy in its use of orchestral and harmonic colours.

The third movement is entitled ‘The Gardens of the Sierra de Cordoba’ and moves between different types of meditation, beginning with wild music that depicts the famous whirling dance that Sufi Muslims do to induce a state of active meditation.

Catch it here on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgukjLhPh-c

Aural practice

Interval Practice

Interval drills

Intervals song

 

Dictation Practice

Dictation exercises from the Philharmonia