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GCSE Music Revision Questions
1. Explain what each of these words means when you're talking about melody:
2. What group of people sang a lot of plainchant? Where did they sing it?
3. What's unusual about the rhythm of plainchant?
4. What's antiphony?
5. Name six instruments used for playing folk music
6. What type of scales are most folk tunes based on?
7. When did the Baroque period start and end?
8. What did Baroque and Classical composers use instead of modes?
9. Are you more likely to hear a harpsichord in a Baroque composition of a Classical
10. What type of harmonies did Baroque composers often use?
11. When did the Classical period start and end?
12. Write down as many differences as you can between Baroque and Classical music.
13. What structure is this describing? The first section's in G major. There's a modulation
and the next section's in D major. After this section you hear section one again. The fourth
section's in E minor. The last section's a repeat of section one.

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Explain how you use each of these to vary a melody:
melodic inversion, retrograde, retrograde inversion, sequence, imitation
15. Starting on the G above middle C, write out a trill, and a turn
16. Write out a whole tone scale starting on D
17. Who invented Serialism?
18. In serial music, what is Prime Order?
19. What's verticalisation?
20. Write out a blues scale starting on G.
21. What's the difference between straight and swinging rhythms?
22. What's a tala?
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What effect does the tempo of a piece of music have on the dancers?
2. Why don't you get lots of tempo changes in dance music?
3. Why are the phrase patterns in dance music regular?
4. Name five different types of dance
5. What events was pavan and galliard played at?
6. Name a composer who wrote pavans and galliards.
7. Describe the meter, tempo and dance movements in a galliard
8. Describe the meter, tempo and dance movements in a pavan.
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The texture of a Viennese waltz is homophonic. What does homophonic mean?
15. How would you describe the harmonic rhythm of a waltz?
16. Name an important composer of Viennese waltz tunes
17. What kind of ensemble is Viennese waltz most often played by?
18. What instrument did people use to play waltzes at home?
19. Where did disco start up?
20.What made clubs that played disco different from earlier types of club?
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What do you call it when styles from two different musical traditions combine?
2. List six main features of the Cuban son style
3. Write out the son clave, either on a stave or with a box diagram
4. What North American musical tradition combined with son to make salsa?
5. List the jazz ingredients of salsa (about six)
6. Which instruments are you likely to hear in the front line of a salsa band?
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Write down 4 ways in which music technology is used in modern Bhangra
16. What's the name of the Bhangra band that had the first major Bhangra hit in the UK?
17. When did minimalism develop?
18. What are loops?
19. Describe: additive melody, metamorphosis, phase shifting, and layering.…read more

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Match these words with the definition
Heterophony Type of xylophone
Gambang Speed of music
Tempo Layering of Instruments
Lots of different parts playing at
Gong Ageng the same time
Polyphony The biggest gong
Fill in the gaps:
Gamelan music is played at ___________, from the region of __________.
It is thought to be very ____________. Gamelan consists of gongs, drums
and ___________.
The main tune of gamelan has high faster notes and low slower notes. This is
called ________________.…read more


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