GCSE Music Set Works (condensed info)

These are the condensed notes I made for my exams this year, it contains every area of study's analysis of the set pieces. HOWEVER, it does NOT contain the background to the composers/bands; it's purely the analysis of their pieces.

And I'm sorry the part for Rag Desh isn't as detailed as the others because I tried to find general characteristics for each version, but it's hard. So if you want my notes on this particular piece, just comment and I'll scan them in.

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`And the Glory of the Lord' from 1st mvt. From Symphony No.40 in Gm, by `Raindrop' Piano prelude no.15 in
Messiah oratorio, by Handel Mozart D flat major Op.28, by Chopin
Pitch Choir (SATB); range is wide, melody is Didn't follow structure of Classical orchestra;
made out of steps+leaps melody made up of steps+leaps; wide range in
Duration LH melody ­straight and even, RH
Dynamics No dynamics for voice part (assuming Wide range of dynamics. Lots of crescendos Very exaggerated; ranging from
forte all the way); ranging from forte to and decrescendos. Fluctuating dynamics pianissimo to fortissimo
piano for trumpets (basso continuo); portray strong emotions.
Harmony No clashes or distorted chords, chords Quite smooth due to use of diatonic notes. Lots Clashes can be heard in the B
are always major and forte; imitation, of uses of perfect cadences. Uses section, when the storm is at its
doubling of parts and 2 ideas together countermelodies in development section. strongest.
give it a triumphant feeling.
Tempo Allegro, which brings forth a forward Molto Allegro (very fast). Lack of introduction Sostenuto
motion which indicates the era. gives a sense of urgency.
Timbre Bright and jovial (brought by the major Helps the harmony, though not as important as Mellow and constant, no switching
keys) melody. of instrument constant G#/A-flats
throughout the whole piece which
represent raindrops.
Texture Extensive use of imitation; contains all Mostly homophonic; melody is always clearly Homophonic, but the melody
the textures. heard. switches from the right to left
Structure 4 main ideas Sonata form (exposition, development, Ternary form (ABA), which depicts
recapitualation); no introduction, which gives a a storm gradually forming and
sense of urgency. then dissipating.
Keys (+modulation) A, E, A, B, A (no minor keys to show Gm, B-flat, Gm, Em, Am, Dm, Gm, C, F, B-flat, D-flat major, C# minor, D-flat
prevailing mood) Dm, Gm, E-flat, Fm, E-flat, Gm, E-flat, Gm major (although in the same key
(development has a lot of modulation); Gm signature; but the minor key gives
provides melancholy mood a sinister mood)
Melodic features At the end, when the last phrase is sung Falling motif creates an image of someone sighing. Keyboard techniques: `cantabile
("hath spoken it"), the four voices sing Uses descending sequences to change between legato' playing, tempo rubato, use
together and it dramatically slows instruments. Clarinets altered the sound because of pedals
down, so that makes it effective. Has 4 they were newly invented. Melody alternates
main ideas. between string instruments.
Instruments 4 voices (SATB), trumpets (basso 1 flute,2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns Piano
continuo) (B-flat and G, to obtain notes G-Bflat-D and

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Bflat-D-F); no trumpets or percussion AT ALL,
very different to classical orchestra.
`Peripetie' from Five Orchestral Pieces, by `Something's Coming' from West Side Story, by 3rd mvt. (fast) From Electric Counterpoint, by Steve
Schoenberg Leonard Bernstein Reich
Pitch Full pitch range of all the instruments Demands the singer to hit a very high G, which Fluctuates on a small scale because motif keeps getting
(prominent feature of atonal music); creates the feeling of excitement. repeated.
klangfarbenmelodie~tone-colour melody.…read more

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Instruments 1 piccolo, 3 flutes, 3 oboes, 1 cor anglais in F, 1 5 woodwind players, 2 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 1 live guitar, 7 electric guitars, 2 bass guitars (during
clarinet in D, 3 clarinets in Bflat, 1 bass clarinet, trombones, 7 violins, 4 cellos, 2 double basses. Piano, performance, the only instrument present will be the
3 bassoons, 1 contrabassoon, 6 horns, 3 guitar, drum kit, 2 percussionists.…read more

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Studio Effects -- Added strings to raise the tension by adding to the texture (middle 8). Telephone EQ in v2: makes samples sound much thinner. Delay
Overdubs (use of multi-track recording to layer recorded parts). Flanger in break: can hear dying repeats of vocal echo and snare. Reverb
effect (effect which creates a whirling feeling up to jet plane effects; used in break: effect applied to all other instruments except
in outro). Delay (repetitions of a sound after a set time interval, usually voice+drums.…read more

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C~G (alternating) (outro)
Melodic Melody is simple and repetitive; sung in Gaelic. Has vocables No melody; lead instrument (sitar) improvises on notes of the raga. Drum ostinato persists throughout the piece. Melodies are all based on
features (nonsense syllables) and traditions of waulking songs are Emphasis placed on the melody rather than harmony. original idea.
portrayed by them. Background vocals emphasize vocables. 0.34~1.09: syncopated rhythms and octave repetitions on tonic and dominant
notes in melody.
2.10~2.…read more


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