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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
Finish an octatonic sketch of at least 8-12 bars for the next double lesson. Some notes here: https://alevelmusic.com/alevelcompositionhelp/3-composition-into-the-c20/new-scales/exotic-scales-octatonic/
There will be a timed essay on the Development of the Harmony and Tonality in the Symphony during the DOUBLE lesson on Tuesday 18th / Thursday 20th June
A reminder of the timetable and that there is NO enrichment until Monday 21st January
Work set last week for this week
You should have AT LEAST sketches for first and second subjects for handing in on Tuesday / Wednesday
AoS E (C: Tuesday 2nd / D: Wednesday 3rd)
Write a single page summary of the Webern Quartet op. 22 in terms of its STRUCTURE and SERIAL CONSTRUCTION. I want a bit more detail than you would put in an exam question but I am not looking for a novel!
Make sure you review SECOND movements of Haydn and essay topic (C) for this week’s lessons please
On Wednesday (D) /Friday (C) we will have a 30 minute timed essay on FIRST movements.
Work set this week for NEXT week
None yet set
Congratulations to our year 13 students who are off to study at a variety of top universities and music colleges. The hard work of our students and stuff resulted in an excellent set of results. Well done to all!
|A||38% including two A*s|
Pass rate: 100%
Due on Moodle by end of Wednesday 13th (B group) / end of 14th Thursday (D Group)
Write a sketch of around 12-15 bars using only notes of ONE pentatonic scale (C would be CDEGA). IT can be generally atmospheric or have a clear melody and accompaniment. You can write for any combination but then will be stuck with that ensemble for all your sketches.
Please write the following essay:
“Discuss the development of the finale in the symphony from 1750-1900”
Please note that in class we discussed the list on the topic notes for this and REMOVED J.C. Bach but ADDED Tchaikovsky 6.
Your essay should discuss some earlier examples then Haydn 104 in detail then some later examples.
!!!Homework is COMPOSING!!!
I would like both of your pieces in on Moodle on Thursday 15th and a printed copy of the Composition 1 (WCT). In addition you must please fill out a cover sheet for both pieces of work and either print it off or attach it on Moodle. You can use this coversheet template if you wish or use your own, but it must explain the structure (including the narrative for any film scores) and mention main influences. If you want feedback in the meantime, please email me your file and questions.
Please submit compositions on Moodle by end of Tuesday:
– corrections on Composition 1
– composition 2 if you did not submit before OR you have made some progress!
Make sure you revise for test week after next – details in last homework below.
Homework for Friday
Finish the Chords Exercises for the lesson on Friday.
Complete Basic Idea sheet either for the lesson on Wednesday / Thursday
FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY
- First two bars are ALL chord I (twice as long as last time)
- Second two bars are ALL chord IV or V and must be the same as bars 1-2 but adapted for the chord
In order to write the first TWO bars follow these instructions and THEN write the second two bars. Ignore the chord just stick to I for the first two bars