B Section Answer for Schoenberg

A Practice B Section Answer I created when revising lat year - might not be perfect but I did get a high A* in the Exam! This is for Section B of Edexcel GCSE Music. Note : Chopin and (i think ) Buckley came up in 2011, so they probably won't come up in 2012 - but do check and know them anyway. Also note ( I learnt this from the chief examiner at a course) that one b option will be from AOS 1 and 2 and the other will be from AOS 3 and 4 - this means that you can be really prepared for 6 pieces in advance adn not 12. 

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Peripetie by Schoenberg
B Section Model Answer
Peripetie is an atonal, highly expressive piece written in a serialist
style. It was composed in 1909 from Schoenberg's `five orchestral
pieces' and uses a 12 tone series to construct the melody. Schoenberg's
melody uses the concept of `klangfarbenmelodie' or tone colour melody
which means passing it round different instruments for variety. This
can be seen extensively in his work by the symbols Hauptstimme and
Nebenstimme for the principal and secondary voices. These are taken
by the horns, cellos and clarinets to name a few. The texture is
contrasting at different points. In some sections a climactic fortissimo
homophony and some a p monophonic line. It is marked `sehr rasch' or
`etwas ruhiger' to state how it should be performed and this add the
important variety in the song. The orchestra was very large and varied.
Some unusual techniques can even be heard such as trumpets with
mutes and percussion played with a cello bow. It is in loose rondo form
and instruments are played to their extremes- typical of the serialist
style in the early 1900's. Rhythm is erratic.
Additional Points to Remember:
From the Expressionist Era- timbre is as important as melody,
extremes in dynamics , quite short pieces and has one intense
Uses hexachords ­ a group of 6 notes from the 12 tone series
which are played as a motif or chord for harmony or in the
The compliment are the other 6 notes
In ¾ time which very complex rhythms in parts
Look at string techniques ­ rit. Etc.


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