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Year 12 Easter Work


  • You need to make notes on Topics B, C, D, F. This means copying the Topic Thread notes and then fleshing them out using the notes on Development of the Symphony on here. I will take this in on our first lesson back.
  • Please complete some quizzes on Moodle (one on each movement of the Haydn please and one Musical Theatre short answer)
  • Please listen to the last movement of the Haydn with the score

On Moodle you will find a Revision Booklet for the material you need to cover for the Internal Exam. You will receive hard copies of this at the beginning of term.

Homework w/c 19th March


Please prepare for a timed essay in class on Tuesday, which could be on any one the following topics

Revise using the Topic threads for 15-mark essay notes on Moodle plus the detailed notes on Alevelmusic on Development of the Symphony

B) First movements / Sonata form
C) Second movements / slow movements
D) Third movements / Minuets
F) Development of the orchestra

Definitely NOT fourth movements 

Year 12 Homework w/c 12th March

REMEMBER: programmes (form here) and accompaniments are due in this FRIDAY


  • annotate your Andante Scores using the annotated score on the Common Resources Moodle
  • complete at least one Andante Quiz on Moodle
  • revise for a short spot test on Monday 19th March

Composition (DRAFT Thursday 29th March / FINAL  Friday 25th May)
Start your Internal Composition Assessment for first hand in on Wednesday 21st (B) or Thursday 22nd (D)

Don’t forget the COMPOSING HUB

Brief: Internal Assessment Composing Brief

Logs: LOG (Rondo) / LOG (Incidental)

Haydn Rondo from Symph 2: SCORE



Year 12 Homework w/c 5th March

Andante / Second movement Theme (Tuesday 13th/ Wednesday 14th March)

Write a slow movement theme (Andante or a bit slower) that follows the same basic outline of the Haydn:

Small ternary

  1. Period or modulating period (to dominant)
  2. Contrasting middle
  3. Return of initial period (ending on perfect cadence)

Please use the links from the Composing Hub to help you .


Year 12 HW w/c 27th February

Essay (due Friday 9th March in the lesson)

Write an essay on the following topic: “Discuss development of symphonic first movements in the Western Classical Tradition from 1750-1900”

Your essay should have the following structure:

  1. Introduction to first movements
  2. Discussion of earlier examples
  3. Discussion of Haydn 104 WITH BAR NUMBERS
  4. Discussion of Romantic repertoire using your last example to write a short conclusion.

Use the topic threads notes on the A level Common Resources Moodle alongside the Development of the Symphony Notes to help you write this essay.

Year 12 Half term Homework

WCT (due Tuesday 27th February)

Write an extended essay OR create a pamphlet/handout that outlines the development of the symphony in the later Romantic era (see notes here). You should introduce Romanticism in music in a general way and then make sure you address the following:

  • the expansion of the first movement
  • the expansion of the orchestra
  • the increasing importance of drama and narrative in the Romantic symphony

Composition (due FRIDAY 2nd March)

1) write a short extract of music that depicts storm (see here for notes and examples)

2) write a short love theme. It must include some heartwrenching resolving dissonances such as 9ths etc. and chromaticisms (see examples studied in class here). BUT keep the harmony really simple sticking to normal HARMONIC CONVENTIONS and then you can add diminished sevenths, secondary dominants, augmented sixths etc.


Year 12 HW w/c 5th February


Hand in on Tuesday (if your lesson is Wednesday) / Wednesday (if your lesson is Thursday) HERE

You need to put your development together. A default structure (from which you can deviate, except for the last bit) might look as follows:

  1. Idea in minor (perhaps swapping an idea from top to bottom of texture e.g. violins and cellos with simple accompaniment in the middle)
  2. Another idea (perhaps going to a few other keys – you could use parallel motion of some kind – see here)
  3. A circle of fifths landing on … (notes here – your sequence in the melody should span TWO chords so then it can sequence down so write a melody for I-IV and then sequence it down a step three times)
  4. A dominant pedal in your home key (some notes here and some chords to use here)

The idea is not complexity but VARIETY. So changing the orchestration – who has the melody, how many are accompanying etc.

WCT etc

Annotate your scores from Moodle and revise for a test on Movement 1 of the Haydn on Friday next week. There will also be some musical theatre listening.

You must do at least one music theatre revision activity and one Haydn movement 1 from the quizzes on Moodle.