GCSE Edexcel Music - Area of Study Two (Changing Directions of Western Classical Music from 1900)

My notes for Area of Study Two of GCSE Edexcel Music. Enjoy :)

HideShow resource information
  • Created by: Crissy
  • Created on: 10-06-10 19:53
Preview of GCSE Edexcel Music - Area of Study Two (Changing Directions of Western Classical Music from 1900)

First 164 words of the document:

Composers: Glass; Developers Riley, Reich
o Gradual process of change
o Ostinati
o Tonal and diatonic
o Interlocking phrases
o Phase shifting
o Note addition/subtraction
o Often uses arpeggio patterns/ broken chords
How to change:
o Note addition/subtraction
o Notes of pattern change over time
o Phase shifting
o Layering of different patterns with different lengths
Expressionism ­ 1900-20s
Composers: Schoenburg, Berg, Webern
o Variety of timbre/vocal techniques
o Emotional/intense/expressive
o Dissonance/ chromaticity/ atonal
o Extreme dynamic contrast
o Absence of cadences
o Lack of theme repetition
o Lack of sequences and balanced phrases
o Very angular melodies/ extremes of register
Serialism ­ 1920/30s
Composers: Schoenburg
o Ordered chaos
o 12 tone row
o Inversion
o Retrograde
o Retrograde inversion

Other pages in this set

Page 2

Preview of page 2

Here's a taster:

o Canonically
o Homophonically
o Divided between instruments
o In combination (as in: one would play the tone row, another the inversion)
o In combination but at different times
Composers: Cage, Stockhausen
o Aleatoric music: chance music
o Use of unconventional instruments
o Unconventional use of conventional instruments (eg: prepared piano)
o Importance of silence ­ 4'33"
o Graphic scores ­ Zyclus by Stockhausen
o Strange vocal/instrument techniques
Flutter tonguing
Col legno ­ using wooden part
Double/triple stopping
Con…read more


No comments have yet been made

Similar Music resources:

See all Music resources »See all resources »