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Piece of the week (January 26th)

I’m following Classic FMs lead in marking what would have been the cellist Jacqueline du Pre’s 70th birthday. Her bravura and highly romantic style of playing suits the Elgar cello concerto brilliantly and it this piece, as well as her tragic early death from MS, that she will be remembered for:

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Both Elgar’s cello and his violin concertos are late Romantic masterpieces (Nigel Kennedy’s version of the violin concerto is similarly scintillating)

w/c 26th January

This week is Unit 3 and Unit 6 Mocks so there is no homework set (there is harmony and chorales from last week however). Timetable for the week is here. You are not obliged to hand in compositions this week but you are welcome to email them for feedback.

Year 12

Learn the Standard Comparison Questions on pp. 17-18 of your Course Handbook for Harmony, Melody, Structure and Texture.Listen to the works with annotated scores and make sure you have revised the context questions for Poulenc and Mozart.

Any work studies so far except for the Bach could come up in Skeleton Scores

Make sure you know your IC/IB-V-I and ii7b-V-I fingerprints for question 4 and that you know closely related keys and embellishments for question 4.

Year 13

Anything except Stravinsky might come up. You need to be able to find key features in the score quickly and efficiently.

Piece of the week (January 19th 2015)

This week’s is the beautiful aria “Ich habe genug” from Bach’s Cantata of the same name. Written in 1727, Bach manages to express both the pain of death and the joy of Christian salvation in this aria (see translation below). Bach’s ability to convey this sort of bitter-sweet emotion is one of the things that makes him such an incredible composer.

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1. Arie B
Ich habe genug,
Ich habe den Heiland, das Hoffen der Frommen,
Auf meine begierigen Arme genommen;
Ich habe genug!
Ich hab ihn erblickt,
Mein Glaube hat Jesum ans Herze gedrückt;
Nun wünsch ich, noch heute mit Freuden
Von hinnen zu scheiden.
1. Aria B
I have enough,
I have taken the Savior, the hope of the righteous,
into my eager arms;
I have enough!
I have beheld Him,
my faith has pressed Jesus to my heart;
now I wish, even today with joy
to depart from here.

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January Mock Exam Timetable

The timetable for the mock exams will help you optimise your preparation:

Mock Timetable January 2014-15

AS (G) Homework w/c 19th January

Unit 3 mocks next week in Instrumental, Vocal and Harmony Lessons 

Instrumental (for Tuesday)

Homework this week will be to revise for the mock – Poulenc and Mozart could both come up.

Learn the Standard Comparison Questions on pp. 17-18 of your Course Handbook for Harmony, Melody, Structure and Texture.Listen to the works with annotated scores and make sure you have revised the context questions.

Vocal (for Monday)

Homework is to revise for the mock. All works studied so far could come up.

Work out the keys and cadences at the following points: 2, 4, 18-19, 36-7, 43, 51-52, 56-57

Harmony (for Friday)

Please finish p. 30. This will be good revision for this part of the exam, especially if you come to the workshop on Tuesday

Remember the workshop for this class is on TUESDAY at 1.15

Composition (end of Wednesday)

No Moodle submission this week. However, if you want any composition feedback please attach your piece in an email, explaining which bit you’d like me to look at.

AS (F) Homework w/c 19th January

Unit 3 mocks next week in Instrumental, Vocal and Harmony Lessons 

Instrumental (for Tuesday)

Homework this week will be to revise for the mock – Poulenc and Mozart could both come up.

Learn the Standard Comparison Questions on pp. 17-18 of your Course Handbook for Harmony, Melody, Structure and Texture.Listen to the works with annotated scores and make sure you have revised the context questions.

Vocal (for Wednesday)

Homework is to revise for the mock. All works studied so far could come up.

Work out the keys and cadences at the following points: 2, 4, 18-19, 36-7, 43, 51-52, 56-57

Harmony (for Wednesday)

Please finish p. 30. This will be good revision for this part of the exam, especially if you come to the workshop on Tuesday.

Remember the workshop for this class is on TUESDAY at 1.15

Composition (end of Wednesday)

Not yet set – please see last week.

A2 (D) Homework set w/c 19th January

Unit 6 MOCK next week during Applied and Instrumental Lessons

Instrumental

1. Revise for the mock exam
2. Address the target written by your partner on a post-it
3. Finish ticking the ‘indicative content’ sheet from the recent timed essay. This should be handed in during Monday’s lesson

Applied

Homework this week will be to revise for the Mock next week. Any works from those we have so far studied (other than the Stravinsky) could come up.

Chorale

Not yet set – see last week

Composing

Not yet set