Possible Aural Questions

For my AS level music exam I found it helpful to look through past exam papers and find trends in the types of questions asked and what answers ccea where looking for. I know it is hard to get aural papers online, so I hope this document gives you an idea of what to expect in the exam :)

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Vocal questions

You will hear an extract from a piece of vocal music. You will hear the extract four
times with pauses between hearings.

The text is as follows:

1. Haste thee, nymph and bring with thee
2. Jest and youthful Jollity
3. Sport that wrinkled Care derides
4. And…

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You will hear an extract from a piece of vocal music. You will hear the extract four
times with pauses between hearings.

1. Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi
2. Dona nobis pacem.
3. Dona nobis pacem,
4. Pacem, pacem, pacem, pacem.
5. Dona nobis pacem, pacem.
6. Dona nobis…

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You will hear an extract from a piece of vocal music. You will hear the extract four times with
pauses between hearings.

1. Where the bee sucks, there lurk I;
2. In a cowslip's bed I lie;
3. There I cousch when owls do cry;
4. On a bat's bac…

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Instrumental Music Questions

Accompaniment
Instrumentation
Percussion
Comparisons
Melody
Musical period
Metre
Musical devices used
Type of work

Set works questions

Form
Period
`Comment on how the composer uses the orchestra to build the music towards a
climax'
Tonality
Harmonic features
Type of work
Instrumentation
Accompaniment
Cadences
Which movement?
Differences in…

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Imitation
Falling sequence
Chromatic bass line
Baroque
Classical
Romantic
Twentieth century
Symphony
Concerto
Solo concerto
Concerto grosso
Sonata
String quartet
Unison
Homophonic
Polyphonic
Antiphonal
Pizzicato
Modulation
Acciaccatura
Triads and arpeggio
Appoggiatura
Anacrusic phrasing
Seconds and sixths
Tonic pedal
Suspension
Dominant pedal
Major
Minor
Anthem
Mass
Opera
Oratorio
Tierce de Picardie…

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Long questions

Comment on the piano part in this variation.

RH: ornamentation, chromaticism (harmony) triplet (rhythm) countermelody (melody)
ascending scales (melody)
LH: (lower register) octave lower, plays, doubles theme
On repeat ­ unison, chordal (texture)

Identify four features of the extract which are characteristic of a Baroque concerto grosso.

Harpsichord…

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in violins inverted in unison
flutes and oboe



Instrumentation typical of Baroque period:

harpsichord continuo
predominance of/dependence on/reliance on strings (not prominence)
strings/violins double the vocal line
use of orchestra/strings to repeat last phrase of the vocal line
use of recorder/flute double vocal line


Comment on the use of the…

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