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Year 12 Homework w/c 30th January

DUE: Friday 10th February (all students will have a one-to-one over the next two weeks)

Complete your Allegro sonata form movement to at least the following specification. It should all be appropriate orchestrated. Please label each section clearly with post-its


  • First subject (in tonic)
  • Tonic filler (continuing straight on)
  • Transition (pivot chord to dominant ending on V OF the dominant)
  • Second subject (as first subject but adapted)
  • Codetta (we will look at these on Monday 6th so wait until then to start this)

Should at least do the following but may be expanded:

  • Start in dominant
  • Move to one of the relative minors
  • Circle of fifths
  • Dominant pedal of home key

Recapitulation (you should past in the first subject but it is up to you whether you go any further than this)

Extensions: you may rework the second subject to include in the recapitulation, finish the piece off with a coda, start with a slow introduction.

Not yet set

Not yet set

A2 Homework w/c 23rd January

Please see last week for previous homeworks.

Please finish Worksheet 17 (FP6) and all other fingerprints up to this point. I am taking in your booklets for checking.

D Group: Monday 30th

B Group: Friday 27th

Please revise for a timed essay in the w/c 6th February to include all but the Cage and the Ram Naryan. All of which you have notes for.

Please reacquaint yourself in detail with the Stravinsky. We will be doing further review activities in our next lesson.

Year 12 Homework w/c 23rd January


1. Compile your work so far into one file as follows. Have an orchestral score as in the tonic filler exercise and put the string quartet material in the strings, with the cello part also copied into the double bass part so they play the same:

  • First subject: 16-bar compound period theme (improved as necessary)
  • 1st subj. continuation: Allegro Tonic Filler
  • Transition:  you need to write this (see below)
  • Second subject: for the moment we are going Haydn so just transpose your first subject 16-bar idea up or down into the dominant
  • Development fragments

2. Transition

Your transition should use the following chord sequence from the Haydn – the V6/I6 is a pivot.

Tonic:          I vi(6) V6

Dominant:              I6   vii6 I

Then do what you like in the new key for a few bars before landing on the dominant pedal for four or more bars. You should use similar procedures for doing harmonies over the pedal as before (see composition page on alevelmusic.com).

Remember to use secondary chords as discussed on the notes on composition page.

Please revise for a test next WEDNESDAY 1st on Haydn First movement and related listening (lots of stuff to help on Moodle)

Please read and take private notes on 125-140 of the study guide.

A2 Homework w/c 16th January


Please complete Worksheet 13 started in class

B Group due Friday 20th

D Group due Monday 23rd


Please post corrected file plus your annotated feedback sheet when you are ready for more feedback and by Tuesday 17th (D) / Wednesday 18th (B) by the latest. You are welcome to post early if you are done with responding to my feedback sheet.


Please write an essay on the following title: “Describe Agbekor Dance, referring to its social context, use of rhythm, and performance practice.”

D Group due Monday 23rd

B Group due Friday 27th

Year 12 Homework w/c 16th January

Symphony (before the beginning of the lesson on Wednesday)
Update your ‘Development of the Symphony’ notes (under ‘Your Notes’ at the top of AoS A on Moodle). Delete the old file and replace it please with your new one. You need to add as follows. (location of files to help you in brackets)

  • Update your Stamitz notes with his Op. 3 No. 2 first movement (annotated score on ‘Allegro scores ..’) as a featured work
  • Add C. P .E. Bach and his E minor symphony as a featured work (annotated score on ‘Allegro scores ..’)
  • Add Beethoven and his Symphonies 3 and 5 (in ‘WCT Listening Exercises’)

Composition (for end of Friday)

  1. Make corrections to your Allegro Theme 1 and resubmit with ‘corrected’ in the filename in the same place. Add at least a couple of secondary chords (e.g. ii-V, vii6-I, vi-ii, IV or V). You can read some notes on secondary chords here or on the Composition Moodle.
  2. Write two fragments of development in two different closely related keys to the key of your Allegro theme and using a motivic fragment from that theme. You should use at least two of the following development ideas: sequence, inversion, augmented sixth, pedal, imitation, call and response repetition. The two fragments do not have to follow on but they can and you can either write for string quartet or add some wind and brass. The Haydn development from Symphony 104 is our model and you can follow it quite closely if you wish.

Year 13 Homework w/c 9th January


Please complete Worksheet 15 (Fingerprint 5) in the Chorale Fingerprints Handbook.

B Group due Friday 13th

D Group due Monday 16th


Please post corrected file plus your annotated feedback sheet when you are ready for more feedback and by Tuesday 17th (D) / Wednesday 18th (B) by the latest. You are welcome to post early if you are done with responding to my feedback sheet.

Year 12 Homework w/c 9th January


  1. Please make corrections to your Allegro tonic filler and resubmit in the original submission. Add a new file and don’t delete your old one so I can easily tell that you have done it. Please add ‘corrected’ to the end of the file name.
  2. Write a 16-bar theme (ending on I at the beginning of the 17th bar) for string quartet in the same key, time signature and tempo as your last homework. It needs to be as follows:
    • 4-bar theme (include simple, triadic and scalic ideas which will work well for development)
    • 4-bar idea that ends on I-V imperfect cadence
    • Exact repeat of 4-bar theme
    • Adapt bars 5-8 so that they end on a PERFECT cadence (use ii6 or a cadential 6/4 as well). The perfect cadence will land on the beginning of the next bar (bar 17)

Homework w/c 2nd January

Symphony Homework

Look at pages 16-18 of the development.

  • Identify thematic ideas and motifs from the exposition

Identify the closely related keys at

  • 124-6
  • 127-140 (beware chromaticism at bar 136)

Identify the NON closely related key at 145

Identify three keys in 150-155 and the overall harmonic device


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