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Year 12 Homework w/c 20th March


Please resubmit your work in progress on Moodle by the end of Friday

Symphony (for Monday 27th in the lesson)

Please write notes for an essay on the following title:

Outline the development of the orchestra in symphonic writing from 1750-1900

You should refer to around 8-10 specific examples and as part of this homework, make sure you listen to the examples that you are talking about on Moodle and you could even look at the scores. All the material is in a folder at the bottom of the AoS A section on the Eduqas Moodle. Although you do not need to write a full essay, you do need to write in sentences and explain how your examples relate to the development that you are discussing.

Year 12 Homework w/c 13th March


Please start one of the Internal Assessment Composing Briefs given out no Monday. Hand in your initial theme for whichever brief you choose by the end of Friday this week (NOTE: don’t worry about the post-assessment tasks for now, I would rather you concentrated on this brief). Longer term deadlines can be found on dates and deadlines page.


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Year 12 Homework w/c 6th March

Write an Andante theme based on one of the following structures studied in class

  1. Modulating period (Haydn Surprise Symphony)
    2 bar idea / 2 bar imperfect cadence / repeat of initial idea / 2 bar perfect cadence modulating to dominant
  2. Expanded sentence (Stamitz)
    2 initial idea / 2 bar cadence / 2 bar contrasting idea sequenced / 2 bar cadence (then repeat and modify as Stamitz does – compare to dim brother)

Use the annotated score on Moodle to update your Andante score and make sure you understand it all.


Year 12 Homework w/c 13th February

Please complete preparations for your presentations on Wednesday. I would like a powerpoint from each group please.

Compose two fragments to be handed in by the end of Friday after Half Term (March 3rd)

  • Storm! You must include diminished sevenths, tremolo and plenty of rumbling and flashes in the orchestra. Use the music studied in the lesson to get inspiration – it is all there to listen to on Moodle. Try using some percussion (see this page for help)
  • Love! You must include some heart felt dissonance and chromaticism. Use the models studied in class to help you.


Notes update
Please update your Development of the Symphony notes and resubmit on Moodle. You can find a list of what should be on there HERE (additions since last time in red)

Year 12 Homework w/c 6th February


See instructions on previous week for completion of composition at least up until the recapitulation of the first subject. Please remember to label  sections.

Preparation for Monday 13th

Prepare written notes as follows:

  • Brief composer biography and details on the piece.
  • Listening notes on a particularly evocative short passage and how it achieves its effect

Table 1: Strauss – Don Juan [youtube link]

Table 2: Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique (Movements 2 and 4) [youtube link]

Table 3: Liszt – Prometheus [youtube link]

Table 4: Beethoven – Symphony No. 6 (Movements 2 and 4) [youtube link]

Year 12 Homework w/c 30th January

DUE: Friday 10th February (all students will have a one-to-one over the next two weeks)

Complete your Allegro sonata form movement to at least the following specification. It should all be appropriate orchestrated. Please label each section clearly with post-its


  • First subject (in tonic)
  • Tonic filler (continuing straight on)
  • Transition (pivot chord to dominant ending on V OF the dominant)
  • Second subject (as first subject but adapted)
  • Codetta (we will look at these on Monday 6th so wait until then to start this)

Should at least do the following but may be expanded:

  • Start in dominant
  • Move to one of the relative minors
  • Circle of fifths
  • Dominant pedal of home key

Recapitulation (you should past in the first subject but it is up to you whether you go any further than this)

Extensions: you may rework the second subject to include in the recapitulation, finish the piece off with a coda, start with a slow introduction.

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Year 12 Homework w/c 23rd January


1. Compile your work so far into one file as follows. Have an orchestral score as in the tonic filler exercise and put the string quartet material in the strings, with the cello part also copied into the double bass part so they play the same:

  • First subject: 16-bar compound period theme (improved as necessary)
  • 1st subj. continuation: Allegro Tonic Filler
  • Transition:  you need to write this (see below)
  • Second subject: for the moment we are going Haydn so just transpose your first subject 16-bar idea up or down into the dominant
  • Development fragments

2. Transition

Your transition should use the following chord sequence from the Haydn – the V6/I6 is a pivot.

Tonic:          I vi(6) V6

Dominant:              I6   vii6 I

Then do what you like in the new key for a few bars before landing on the dominant pedal for four or more bars. You should use similar procedures for doing harmonies over the pedal as before (see composition page on alevelmusic.com).

Remember to use secondary chords as discussed on the notes on composition page.

Please revise for a test next WEDNESDAY 1st on Haydn First movement and related listening (lots of stuff to help on Moodle)

Please read and take private notes on 125-140 of the study guide.