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Year 12 Homework w/c 2nd March

Essay on Second Movements

There will be a timed essay on the development of SECOND movements on Friday 13th March. You need to prepare for this in the usual way by using your booklet in conjunction with the Development of the Symphony notes on A level music. We will touch on some key issues in class in preparation for this.

Internal Composition Brief

For Tuesday 10th: Write A’ section and if you’ve done that successfully the A section

For Tuesday 17th: Write B section and then put together ABA’ (look at brief but basically the B section fragments an idea from the A section and then ends up on a dominant pedal for 4-8 bars or so. You need to use the chords from alevelmusic really carefully to make it correct.)

This is the assessed brief handed in next term. Please see both the detailed instructions and the Haydn model below but we will be launching this formally in class so no need to start until we have talked about it.

Year 12 Homework (w/c 10th February)


On the first Friday back after half term, there will be a test on Movements ONE and THREE of Haydn 104.

Make sure you use your scores and the resources on Moodle which include Quizzes and blank scores so you can practice skills (as well as notes and annotated scores).

Composition Homework

Deadline: on Moodle by the end of Friday 28th Februrary

Finish off and perfect your sonata form piece. A summary of the piece and checklist as given out in class can be downloaded here:

NOTE: You will need a LINK into the circle of fifths at the beginning of the development (which was not in my original handout)

I am happy to give feedback to students who want to email me their work at the beginning of the first week back.

Year 12 Homework w/c 3rd February


  1. Do corrections
  2. Write a transition for the exposition which should be as follows:
    1. A 6-8 bar passage that follows the pivot chord progression from the Haydn so it should go as follows (this can be based on existing or new material but must continue from the tonic noise that you have already written):
      In home key: I – V6 / which is in dominant key I6 – vii6 – I [then you can carry on for a few bars in the new key] – note the underlined chord is the pivot chord (V6=I6 in new key)
    2. 6 or more bars of dominant pedal in the new key (use these chords) which will lead into your second subject (i.e. if you are going from D in S1 to A in S2 your dominant pedal must be E)
  3. Copy and paste your first subject after this transition and then transpose it into the dominant

SO the beginning should now go (new bits in BOLD CAPS):

S1 – tonic noise – TRANSITION – DOMINANT PEDAL (OF DOMINANT) – S2 (which is S1 transposed up a fifth/down a fourth)

Test preparation

Continue preparing for test on Haydn First movement short answer AND the development of first movements in the symphony in general.

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