hi guys, im new to this and i hope it works. I have my music gcse exam on monday and so far ive got an A and a B for my courseworks and i want an A or if im lucky an A* overall, but ive got this listening exam to conquer. I need help on minimalism, serial

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Need to know all of their:




time signatures


Posted Wed 9th May, 2012 @ 22:43 by maame serwaah

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I got A* last year in Music. To be honest, Music GCSE is basically learning your facts about the song. Make sure you listen to the songs all weekend - trust me this helps. 

I don't know if you use this or have done this, but make a table of BCSMIRTHD for every set work, (background, context, structure, melody, instrument, rhythm, texture, harmony and dynamics). 

Minimalist music often features:
Layers of ostinati, diatonic harmony, layered textures. Remember that the music sounds hypnotic. 

Answered Thu 10th May, 2012 @ 18:05 by Jessica
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For minimalism, most of the info can be found with a quick google. You need to learn about 6 features, (i.e. polyrhythms, crossrhythms, phase shifting etc. if i remember rightly) and be able to name a couple of composers (glass, reich, cage etc.). I doubt they'll ask you dates for GCSE, but it was developed by a group of 20th century american composers. Instrumentation really can include anything- even silence (Listen to Cage's 4'33'') or clapping (clapping music- i think by Reich?). This came up on my gcse exam so maybe if you look at mark schemes for past papers for your exam board you'll be able to find exactly what they're looking for? x

Answered Thu 10th May, 2012 @ 12:15 by Beth Haworth
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minimalist music 

  • phase shifting 
  • metamorphosis
  • repetitive ostinatos 
  • gradual changes
  • cross rhythms
  • uses pitched precussion 
  • clapping music
  • diatonic
  • listen to steve reich and david glass

serial ism music 

  • uses a tone row
    • retrograde (backwards)
    • inversion (upside down)
    • transposition
    • retrgrade inversion
  • listen to webern
Answered Thu 10th May, 2012 @ 22:00 by jessica proctor
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Are you doing AQA because I have had exam if you are! I got As in all coursework that I know of. I'm guessing I did pretty badly in the appraisal though as I'm not Englishy! Learn all keywords and make sure you can identify them in music. Practice the wordy answers!

Answered Sat 12th May, 2012 @ 12:31 by Hannah
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thank you all, that really helped me :)

Answered Tue 15th May, 2012 @ 18:22 by maame serwaah