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Year 12 Homework w/c 15th Jan.


First improve your 16-bar compound period in response to feedback and then run it immediately into your improved tonic filler/noise material. These two exercises now need to be in same file.

If you have time you should start some development sketches. You need to take your lead from Haydn 104, take a fragment of your theme and try selection of the following (several at a time):

  • in a closely related (or if you are brave a less closely related) minor key
  • sequenced down by step
  • circle of fifths
  • modulating into a different key
  • new texture (perhaps move into the bass etc.)
  • imitation/call and response


This will be set on Friday

Year 12 HW w/c 8th January

First Subject Composition Homework (due in Tuesday 16th / Wednesday 17th)

Write a 16-bar theme (ending on I at the beginning of the 17th bar) for orchestra string section (Vl I, II, Vla, Vc, Bass) in the same key, time signature and tempo as your tonic filler homework. It needs to follow the structure of the first subject of the opening movement of Haydn 104 as follows:

  • 4-bar theme (include simple, triadic and scalic ideas which will work well for development)
  • 4-bar idea that ends on I-V imperfect cadence
  • Exact repeat of 4-bar theme
  • Adapt bars 5-8 so that they end on a PERFECT cadence (use ii6 or a cadential 6/4 as well). The perfect cadence will land on the beginning of the next bar (bar 17)


w/c 2nd January

  1. Submit Allegro tonic composition by the end of Tuesday please (earlier if you have finished it)
  2. Make sure you have done the online tests mentioned below
  3. Finish annotating your Minuet score using resources on Moodle to help you

Year 12 Xmas Homework

Please review chord labelling etc. and complete the following quiz on Moodle at least TWICE:

Basic Diatonic Chord Labelling (5 random questions)

Review your knowledge of the Haydn and complete the following quiz on Moodle at least ONCE:

Haydn Minuet Questions (five random short questions plus a 5-marker)


Year 12 Homework w/c 5th December

You should have submitted your final minuet compositions by Tuesday 5th / Wednesday 6th. 

AoS A (for Tuesday 12th December)

Make a Haydn timeline, adding career and life events plus any major works. You should use the following:

  • Music Academy Online Biog (start with this)
  • CMG Haydn from this folder in Moodle (pick up some extra details from this)
  • You might also want to look at Taruskin – Haydn in the same Moodle folder for some more sophisticated notes
  • There are some notes also in the Rhinegold Study Guide

Allegro Composition (for Tuesday 12th/Wednesday 13th)

Write a passage of 16 bars or more in a fast 4/4 (or 2/2 like the Haydn) as follows:

  • Uses strings, flutes, oboes, horns and timps
  • In G, D or A major
  • Use phrases that are multiples of 2 bars
  • No more than one or two chords per bar (depending on speed)
  • Lands regularly on I
  • Melody is made up of scales, arpeggios, auxiliary notes and repeated notes only
  • Finishes with a ii-V-I cadence

The passage MUST include (for notes on these please look at the WCT Fingerprints page):

  • a tonic pedal (Use some of I , ii, IV, V7 and vii over it)
  • some parallel thirds and/or sixths
  • some octave unison

In class we looked at:

You can use other ideas but they must be taken from the models provided (in the Allegro folder on Moodle).

Year 12 Homework w/c 22nd Nov.

The first task is to correct and improve your basic A:||B(A’) 24 bars. Please ensure that:

  • you have a tempo at the beginning and then dynamic and articulation markings throughout in all parts (see guide)
  • your A section has both the modulation AND the secondary dominant
  • your B section has a selection of chords over the pedal (see in WCT Fingerprints)
  • you have included TWO textures based on the minuet models 
  • you have followed all the guidelines here

All students must submit this on Tuesday/Wednesday next week in quartet form.

The task following week (but you can start this week if you are ready) is to do one or more of the following extensions:

  • orchestrate using small Classical orchestral forces (a 8 combinations). You can go as large as Haydn 104
  • add a coda
  • write a trio to go alongside it also in binary form

WCT Essay (NEXT Friday)

Write a revision leaflet/poster/booklet for Haydn 104 Minuet. You can use the annotated score on Moodle (requires log-in) and the resources on A level music (development of symphony) to help you.

It must include:

  • a structure table (include main keys)
  • features including harmony and rhythm
  • information and examples that puts it in context in terms of its orchestration
  • an introduction to humour in Haydn referring to a couple of other examples.

Year 12 HW w/c 14th November


You have already written the A and A’ sections of a rounded binary minuet – A :||: B (A’) – your task is now to write the B section.

Your B section should use a fragment of your A section (maximum a bar) and follow this harmonic structure:

First it needs to go iii-vi-ii (either one chord per bar or a bit quicker)

THEN the rest should be chord progressions over a dominant pedal that use the fragment you have chosen as the melody idea.

  • You can see in the first example on the dominant pedal explanation page that a one-bar idea is repeated over a repeated I6/4  – V chord progression. Part of your dominant pedal could do something similar
  • In the second example on the same page Haydn starts off with a repeated idea using a diminished seventh and then moves to a series of rising thirds

For the range of harmonies you can use look here. The ideas on this page you can use as follows:

  • part of your pedal can go I6/4 – from the first example
  • you should also use something more interesting such as vii7 of V – V from the second example (each of these dissonant chords much resolve to V or V7)
  • you could also use rising thirds or sixths as in the third example

In composition next week you will have feedback for BOTH homeworks so you can put them together in the lesson.