GCSE Music - Practice Exam Questions

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GCSE MUSIC EDEXCEL SPECIFICATION
Music Examination,
September 2010
Listening and Appraisal
Name:............................................... Form:...........
Date: ........./........./.........
Candidate no: __ __ __ __ Centre no: __ __ __ __ __
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SECTION A
There are 6 set works in this section. Answer ALL Questions. Each extract will
be repeated three times.
SET WORK 1: `And the Glory of the Lord' by Handel (0 ­ 0:41)
1. The tempo of this music is marked `Allegro'. What does `Allegro' mean?
....................................... (1)
2. Name the rhythmic device heard at the end of the orchestral
introduction.
....................................... (1)
3. Look at the resource booklet. Here is the first sung phrase.…read more

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SET WORK 2: Symphony No.40 in G minor by Mozart (0:49-1:14)
1. Look at the resource booklet. Under Set Work 2, there are the first
eight bars of the melody. Add the rhythm only of the tune in bar 2.
(2)
2. What type of cadence do you hear in bar 4? ..............................
(1)
3. Describe the chord pattern used to harmonise the bracketed notes in
bars 5-6.
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(1)
4. Name the two instruments that play quavers in bar 8.
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SET WORK 5: `Something's Coming' by Bernstein (0 ­ 0:33)
1. Circle the correct interval first sung by the soloist (to the words `could
be').
Major 3rd perfect 4th perfect 5th octave (1)
2. The bass part is the same in every bar for more than half of the extract.
What is the correct musical term for a pattern that is constantly
repeated?
..................................... (1)
3. What rhythmic device is heard above this repeating bass part?
..................................... (1)
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SET WORK 6: `Electric Counterpoint' by Steve Reich (0-0:43)
1. Circle the correct word, best describing the texture at the very
beginning of this extract:
Homophonic monophonic polyphonic (1)
2. The 1st bar is repeated throughout the extract. What musical term
describes a part that is continually repeated?
............................................. (1)
3. What musical term describes the relationship between the 4 parts that
accompany the live guitarist?
............................................... (1)
4. What is the time signature of this music? ...................... (1)
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SET WORK 9: `Why Does my Heart Feel so Bad'? by Moby (0:39 ­ 1:37)
1. This extract is based on a repeating pattern of four chords. The first two
are Am and Em. What are the 3rd and 4th chords?
................................... and .............................. . (2)
2. Name a percussion sound used on this track that is not usually found in
a drum kit.
.................................... (1)
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SET WORK 12: `Yiri' by Koko (0 ­ 0:48)
1. Name the instrument and the texture heard in the slow introduction.
Instrument: ...........................
Texture: .............................. (2)
2. Complete the following sentence by adding the correct musical term.
The performer decorates each of the opening notes with a
................................................... (1)
3. After the slow introduction the following melody is heard twice in
succession. Complete the four missing notes using the rhythm above
the stave, in your resource booklet. (4)
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SECTION B
There are two questions in this section. Answer ONE question. Use extra
paper if required.
SET WORK 5: `Something's Coming' by Bernstein
1. In which year was West Side Story first staged?
........................ (1)
2. In which city was this musical first staged?
....................................... (1)
3. Comment on how Bernstein uses the following musical elements in this
piece: *
· Metre and rhythm
· Melody
· Tonality
· Texture
· Structure
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SET WORK 12: `Yiri' by Koko
1. Name the country from which this music comes.
........................................... (1)
2. In which part of Africa is this country?
.......................................... (1)
3. Comment on how the following musical elements are used in this
piece: *
· Metre
· Rhythm
· Melody
· Texture
· Instruments and voices
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