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Year 12 Homework w/c 9th December

Development of the Symphony Research (for first lesson back after Xmas)

Use the list of symphonies in your Development of the Symphony booklet plus the material on A level music (here) and any other wider reading (e.g. the Rhinegold study guide) to create a set of notes on Topic F: Development of the Orchestra. There will be a review activity and timed essay in the new year.

Composition (for Tuesday 17th)

Complete at 16-bar compound period (like the Haydn) for strings only that will lead into your tonic noise (and therefore should obviously be in the same key, tempo etc.). Remember to use the WCT Composing Hub to get ideas for textures, check your harmonic progressions make sense etc.

Structure is as follows:

  • 4-bar basic idea (go back and read the advice here and remember too the DYNAMICS AND ARTICULATION are a vital part of the music)
  • 4 bar cadential idea ending on an imperfect cadence. These four bars must include some parallel motion in the form of either parallel thirds or sixths OR falling first inversion chords before the cadence
  • Exact repeat of bars 1-4
  • Modified repeat of bars 5-8 this time ending on V that will make a perfect cadence with the beginning of your tonic noise

Year 12 HW w/c 3rd December


Review Haydn Minuet and Trio for a test next WEDNESDAY 11th NOVEMBER (use the annotated score on Moodle to make sure that yours is up to date and do some of the quizzes)

Composition – Tonic Noise (for Tuesday 10th December)

Write eight or more bars of ‘tonic noise’ as specified below:

  • Instrumentation should be at least ‘a 8’: Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello and Bass (playing the same thing), 2 horns (on the same line) and 2 oboes or flutes PLUS timpani. You may add other woodwind and brass if you wish
  • It must have a tonic pedal and some suitable chords with/against it (list of chords here)
  • You should also include at least a few of:
    • tutti tonic chords
    • short, repetitive phrases
    • some octave unison
    • rising thirds against the pedal
    • repeated notes rather than held pedal
  • Start and end on the tonic chord
  • It is all about gesture and energy rather than writing a nice tune


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