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Year 12 w/c 18th March

Composition: Submit A section

Wondering what to do? Go back to the Rondo from Haydn 2 for inspiration:

  • A group end of TUESDAY (moved from Monday)
  • B group end of THURSDAY

Note: this week there is no lesson on MONDAY for A group so I will squeeze this in on Tuesday.

Year 12 Homework w/c 11th March


From last week
– make sure you have submitted your Storm and Love Theme on Moodle
– listen to the Andante movement from the Haydn with the score at least twice

Internal Composition Assessment
You need to write your first section in draft and hand it by the end of Monday (A) / Wednesday (B) next week.

Year 12 Homework w/c 26th February

Composition (for the end of NEXT week – 8th March)

Write a sketch for orchestra (at least Haydn 104 size but can be larger) that depicts part of a storm.

You must include at least two of the storm features listed here on the ‘Storm Features’ page

AoS A (for next week’s double lesson – please bring to the lesson)

Find a programmatic piece by a Romantic composer and make brief notes as follows:

  • summary of composer (dates, key pieces, key facts)
  • summary of piece (date, what is it about etc.)
  • one extract from the piece (a Youtube clip or similar) and what you think is particularly interesting or effective about the music (orchestration, harmony etc.)

Year 12 Half Term Homework

Revision and Review

Review both the first and third movements of the Haydn. You should use the resources on Moodle including the annotated scores, blank scores for testing yourself and the quizzes. I expect everyone to have done at least one quiz on each movement as a minimum. There will be a test in your first SINGLE lesson of the week.

Compile notes on Topic B – First movements and Sonata form. There will be a timed essay in your LAST lesson of the week. Use the Essay Topic Summary (B) revision frame document to help you.

Year 12 HW w/c 4th February

Composition (due Friday 15th February for both groups)

This week your task is to finish your first movement as follows:

Sonata form OVERVIEW (download table showing whole structure)

Notes on Codas at bottom of WCT Fingerprints page (PDF here)

  1. Make corrections and improvements
  2. Chords and features must be labelled
  3. You must have DYNAMICS and ARTICULATION
  4. After your second subject in the dominant you need to write a Codetta (we will look at this later in the week) in the DOMINANT
  5. For your recap, the minimum is to copy and paste your first subject as is, change your transition so it stays in the tonic then copy and paste the first part of your first subject again (preferably with some small instrumention or other changes)
  6. Adapt your Codetta so it is a Coda to finish in the TONIC (again we will look at this later in the week)

Year 12 Homework w/c 28th

Preparation for Haydn 104 test next week on Monday (A) / Tuesday (B)

Composition (due A: Monday 4th / B: Wednesday 6th)

  • Make corrections
  • Join up your development into a continuous section that contains the following new sections
    • an ending section that is 8 bars of dominant pedal (use these chords)  in the original key to lead onto your recapitulation. Before your dominant pedal you should have an augmented sixth
    • a passage of EITHER parallel 3rds, 6ths, 10ths or parallel first inversions (between any of the existing three sections of the development already written but NOT first or last) – see help here
  • Transpose your first subject idea into the dominant and paste it in after your transition


Year 12 Homework w/c 21st January

Composition (due A: Monday 28th / B: Wednesday 30th)

  1. Do corrections
  2. Write a transition which should be as follows:
  • 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: IV6 / which is in dominant key I6 – vii6 [then you can carry on for a few bars in the new key] – note the red is a pivot chord (V6=I6 in new key)
  • 6 or more bars of dominant pedal in the new key (use these chords) which will lead into your second subject.

3. Put all your sketches in ONE Sibelius file as follows:

  • 16-bar compound period
  • Tonic Noise
  • Transition
  • GAP
  • Development sketch 1
  • GAP
  • Development sketch 2