Edexcel Gcse Music Set Work Summary

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Set Work Revision Summary Notes for the Edexcel GCSE Music Examination  What you need to know about each piece clearly explained  Short, clear and concise revision summary notes  Be confident in answering questions on the set works  Some sample answers for Section B questions  Clear descriptions of melody, structure, texture, rhythm, harmony, tonality, instrumentation etc.  Musical words for each piece summarized and clearly explained  The information you need to gain the very best grades in the Edexcel GCSE Music Examination  Easy tailor-made hand-outs for teachers to revise the set works with their students  A time-saver for busy music teachers and students, saving you many hours of preparation Set Works 1: And The Glory of…show more content…
He was playing piano concertos at the age of eight. Chopin became a successful composer, teacher and performer in Vienna and Paris. His piano music includes Polish folk music and dances such as the mazurka and polonaise, and reflects his love of his homeland. Chopin composed Prelude Number 15 whilst isolated in a monastery in Vallderosa in Spain because he had tuberculosis, an extremely infectious disease at the time. He died about a year later in Paris at the age of 39. The ‘Raindrop’ Prelude Prelude No.15 is nicknamed the ‘Raindrop’ because it was written during a storm whilst Chopin was at a monastery in Valldemossa. The repeated Ab / G# quavers throughout represent the rain. Prelude A Prelude is usually an introductory piece linked to another movement e.g. a fugue or sonata. However, this prelude is a stand alone composition. Chopin had been studying ‘The Well-Tempered Clavier’ by J.S. Bach which contains 48 preludes and fugues – two in every major and minor key. The ‘Raindrop Prelude’ is one in a collection of 24 by Chopin. Pedal A pedal, or pedal note is a long, unchanging or constantly repeated note. A dominant pedal is on the 5th note [dominant] of the key. A tonic pedal uses the 1st note [tonic] of the key. Structure The structure is in ternary form [ABA} with a shortened final section that ends with a codetta. The middle section is longer than usual and…show more content…
The two chromatic notes [notes not in the original key] of a sharpened 4th and a flattened 7th appear in both keys, and the vocal melody ends on the flattened 7th of D major [C natural]. The augmented 4th interval [forming a tritone] is used frequently in West side Story. The flattened 7th is a blue note [the influence from jazz]. The harmony is tonal, but the chords contain added 6th,7ths, 9ths and 11ths. There is a dramatic neopolitan chord [the flattened supertonic- Eb major 1st inversion] in bar 95. Timbre The vocal part is for a tenor voice, with some sections requiring a quiet, whispered tone. The song is accompanied by a large, live band. Instrumental timbres include pizzicato strings [plucking], clarinets often in their low register, muted brass, piano and drum kit. In the bridge, high bowed strings, sometimes using harmonics and tremolo, add a countermelody. Orchestration There are five woodwind players who double up: Clarinet and saxophone Two horns Three trumpets Two trombones Seven violins Four cellos Two double basses Drum kit Percussionists Piano Electric and accoustic guitar Structure The song does not follow a conventional verse-chorus structure, but has several musical ideas and sections that recur. The structure is: Introduction Section A Section B Section B1 Section A 1 Outro [fades

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