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Half Term Homework – Year 13

Instrumental (Wednesday 2nd November/Thursday 3rd)
Compare texture and tonality in the Sweelinck, Corelli and Mozart. You need to make 36 points to have a chance of achieving full marks.

Chorale (B: Friday 4th / D: set after half term)
Do exercises for Fingerprint 2

No homework set for HT break

Please complete a structure planner in word and submit on Moodle by the usual deadline. You must include a TONAL plan (i.e. keys) a thematic/motivic plan and, where necessary, a narrative pln (i.e. story board)

Half term homework – Year 12

Composition Task (due by the end of Wednesday 2nd November on Moodle)
Please submit TWO files on Moodle:

  1. a piano score with the melody in the treble stave and triads in the bass (not an accompaniment – just an indication of the harmony. Chord labels will also be useful but are not mandatory)
  2. a string quartet score with the same melody in the first violin and a simple accompaniment in the manner of Exercise E2 in the other three parts

It is important that you include DYNAMICS and ARTICULATION, which are an important part of the musical gestures. If you do not do so you will be asked to do the exercise again. Please refer the melody-writing hand out for advice on cadences etc.

The melody must take the following form:

A – an 8 bar period (4 bars antecedent including an initial idea for 2 bars and a contrasting idea ending in an imperfect cadence / 4 bars consequent including an exact repeat of initial idea but the contrasting idea must this time finish with a perfect cadence, preferably ii-V-I or a cadential 6/4). This CAN be but does not have to be an improved version of L3 [alternatively you can use/adapt your sentence idea from J3]

B – a 4 bar idea adapting a fragment from A into a circle of fifths (iii-vi-ii-V) in which the second two bars should be an exact sequence of the first two

A’ – A repeat of the consequent phrase or slight adapting of it.

Extension tasks

  • You can adapt the initial period so that it modulates to the dominant in the consequent
  • You can add another four bars to B, making a longer circle of fifths (begin I-IV-vii and add an extra bar of V at a the end)
  • You can vary the quartet accompaniment for the middle section / contrasting idea in period but KEEP IT SIMPLE (A6 and B1 in the Starting Points booklet offer possibilities as do ).

Revision for Test
The test on the first Monday back will include the following:

  1. Basic chord analysis and labelling (see handbook)
  2. Embellishment labelling and/or writing (see melody-writing handout)
  3. Aural recognition of chords and cadences
  4. Analysis of short piece using appropriate vocabulary (sentence, period, small ternary, binary, ternary, rounded binary)
  5. Knowledge of closely related keys and modulations  (see melody-writing handout)

Year 13 Homework w/c 10th October

Applied Homework (B: Wednesday 19th / D: Thursday 20th)
Due to Open Event related closures I shan’t be taking this essay in until the dates shown above
Essay: Identify features of Passport to Pimlico that are typical of Les Six and discuss how this style is suitable for a light-hearted comedy film. You need to make at least 1o bar-numbered points to get full marks.

Composition Homework (B: Tuesday 4.00 / D: Wednesday 4:00)
Please submit your work in progress on Moodle.

Instrumental Homework (B: Wednesday 19th / D: Thursday 20th)
Please look at the recapitulation of the Mozart and work out where all the bits of the exposition come back and if/how they are changed

Year 12 Homework w/c 10th October

For Thursday 13th October (4.00)
Complete Exercise J3 (Sentence) on Sibelius and submit on Moodle. You need to show chords in the bass stave but it does not need to be an accompaniment/left hand. Please make sure that you follow the dissonance conventions very carefully – remember that we are trying to write in the Classical style. You will find this handout on melody writing useful (I will provide a hard copy on Wednesday). Make sure that the cadence follows a standard pattern as suggested on the melody handout.

The sentence should follow this pattern:

  • Presentation – 2-bar basic melodic idea repeated to fit a different chord(s) as detailed in exercise J3 [4 bars in total]
  • Fragmentation – sequential repetition of a fragment from presentation [2 bars]
  • Cadence – a generic perfect or imperfect cadence [2 bars]

For Tuesday 18th October (4.00)
Complete Exercise L3 (Period) on Sibelius and submit on Moodle. You need to show chords in the bass stave but it does not need to be an accompaniment. As above, make sure you include dissonance conventions

The period should follow this pattern:

  • Antecedent – 2-bar basic idea followed by 2 bars contrasting idea ending on imperfect cadence
  • Consequent – starts the same but this time the contrasting idea (which can be different from the last time if you wish) ends with a perfect cadence

Year 13 Homework w/c 5th October

No Applied Homework set this week

Instrumental (from last week due Wednesday B / FRIDAY D)
Write an essay comparing Corelli and Sweelinck in terms of melody and rhythm. You will need to make 24 points (6 per piece per parameter) to have a chance of getting near full marks. Please write a brief introduction and conclusion as well.

Continue your composition work and submit (B group Tuesday 4.00 / D Group Wednesday 4.00)

B Group
(for Friday 7th): Please finish Worksheet 4 (worksheets available here)

D Group (for Monday 10th): Not yet set – see last week

Year 12 Homework w/c 3rd October

[work still due from last week for end of Tuesday – see last week]

Work for Friday 7th, 4.00
Please complete Exercise G3 on Sibelius and submit on Moodle by the end of Friday. Your first version should be very simple and generic but your second version should be a bit more complex and use motivic ideas from the existing melody. Please leave plenty of time for listening to and amending your exercises on Sibelius.

Work for Monday 10th October
Please read thoroughly the Short History of Music information in the back of your folder THEN

  1. Create a timeline with main periods and some important composers – you can use landscape A4 or larger if you wish
  2. Choose two pieces from the ‘Genre Examples’ lists and write a VERY short biog of the composer (birth and death, brief life and most important works) and some very brief listening notes on the piece


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