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Year 13 half term homework


Download the ‘Notes Template (Impressionism etc)’ document and complete for pieces 1-4. Scores and tracks are available in the same folder (Wider Listening – Impressionism (plus Maximalism)) and a subfolder contains the worksheets that we have done on these pieces. You can use your notes, your study of the scores and anything relevant you can find on the web.

Please upload by the end of Tuesday 31st October onto Moodle 


We are making a start on your second composition, so please think about what you are going to do. Find some relevant pieces etc.

Year 12: Half Term Homework

Starting Points Final Composition (Tuesday 31st October)

A rounded binary form piece for string quartet submitted on Moodle as TWO files:

  • File 1: the melody with Roman numeral chords (and if it helps you a stave with those chords put in as simple block chords just to guide the harmony)
  • File 2: the same melody in the first violin part of the string quartet with SIMPLE accompaniments adapted from  Simple Quartet Textures, You must say in your submission which texture you have used (just add it as a post-it note on the score).

You must follow this detailed composition brief very carefully and exactly.

  • I recommend that you do a SENTENCE as we have done a lot of work on that – use the notes here to help you
  • Look at the notes dissonance
  • Check the Harmonic DOs and DON’Ts
  • Make sure you cadences follow one of these patterns (and that you end the last cadence stepwise onto the tonic note of the key)

Revision for starting points test on Wednesday/Thursday  1st/2nd November

Topics covered:


Year 13 Homework w/c 9th October

Composition (Portfolio Submission 1)

Please submit on Moodle by the end of FRIDAY 20th OCTOBER. In addition, you must submit a new copy of the composition submission pro forma AND type up briefly how your composition is going and what your plans are in the online text submission box. This submission is a formal requirement of your Eduqas coursework.

WCT (for next WEDNESDAY 18th October)

Write an essay on the following title (in the exam you will have 30-40 minutes):

Discuss how composers have changed in their approach to writing Minuet and Trio / Third movements in symphonies written between 1750 and 1900. You should refer to both set works and a range of other relevant symphonies from the Classical and Romantic eras. [15 marks]


  • around at least one third of the essay should be taken up with detailed discussion of the set works including bar numbers and the rest should consist of brief references to other relevant works
  • don’t give the impression that these are THE key works of the era – they are representative of wider trends
  • include a short introduction and conclusion
  • remember to use the notes on development of the symphony


Year 12 Homework w/c 9th October

REMEMBER: You need to hand in the music (including accompaniments) for your initial performance NEXT WEEK

Composition Circle of Fifths Homework (for end of THURSDAY on Moodle)
Use the template on page 33 of the Starting Points booklet to write a circle of fifths progression in a reasonable key of your choice.

  • Bar 1 should be I – IV
  • the bass line should just be root position minims
  • write a melody for bar 1 that avoids parallel octaves of fifths (put the bass in first inversion for one or other chord if necessary)
  • bar 2 moves down a step
  • bar 3 moves down another step
  • bar 4 moves down a final step BUT the second half of the bar should be changed so the whole bar fits with chord V

Transfer your work to a string quartet score with the simple bass line in the cello part and the melody in the first violin. You can fill in the other parts with simple accompaniments if you wish.

Submit on Sibelius


Writing a Melody Homework (handed in during the lesson on Tuesday)
Use THIS RESOURCE to help you write two separate melodies presented on manuscript paper with the melody on the stave and chord labels (I, IV, V etc.) underneath. Do NOT write a bass line or texture etc.

Your first melody should be a sentence and the second should be a period

For each,

  1. Create a basic idea (this includes, tempo, dynamics etc. use the chart on the page to choose these)
  2. Write a cadence
  3. Complete you period or sentence according to the description
  4. CHECK IT to make sure you have no rogue dissonances or other problems




Year 13 Homework w/c 2nd October

Composition (Moodle Submission on Tuesday)

Please crack on with this remembering to do the following each time you start to compose

  • review your inclusion of WCT fingerprints
  • review your use of varied textures
  • listen to one of the core WCT string quartet examples on Moodle and try and take one idea as inspiration

AoS E (C20)
Next week (on THURSDAY) we will have a mini test reviewing your knowledge of the Debussy from the end of last year and Poulenc from this. Please make sure you update your scores and do some revision.

Year 12 Homework w/c 2nd October

Starting Points Theory (For Friday’s lesson – I will take in booklets and look at the cadence work from last week as well)

Please complete exercise F2. We have analyzed the progession in F1 in class and found it to be ii6 I6/4 V I and the idea is that you use exactly this progression. A couple of things to note:

  • pay attention to leaps in the parts, spacing and doubling
  • the ii does NOT have seventh unlike some of the others we have done
  • the soprano part is not the same as F1 but the chord progression should be

Composition task (for submission end of Tuesday on Sibelius)

Please complete a cadential passage for string quartet that meets the following criteria:

  1. the chord progression must be I6  ii6 I6/4 V I
  2. melody must be in violin 1 with a simple accompaniment in violin 2, viola and cello (either follow a model as simple as those on p. 21 of the starting points booklet or look at these textures)
  3. final cadence must be in root position in bass with stepwise progression to the root of the tonic in the violin 1 part
  4. Just as in four-part work as above, you need to take care of spacing, doubling and leaping.


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