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 Laughter holding both his sides
5. Hast thee, nymph and bring with thee
6. Jest and youthful Jollity,
7. Sport that wrinkled Care derides,
8. And Laughter holding both his sides.
a) Which one of the following best describes the vocal texture in Lines 1 and 2?
Circle your answer: unison homophonic polyphonic antiphonal
b) To which key does the music modulate in the following lines?
Line 4: Line 5:
c) Identify five ways in which `Laughter' is depicted in the musical setting of Lines 4 and
8
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
d) Identify two features of the instrumentation which are classic of the Baroque period
1.
2.

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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 pacem.
(Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, give us peace)
a) Identify the following in Lines 1-4:
1. Vocal ensemble:
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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 do I fly
5. After sunset merrily.
6. Merrily, merrily shall I live now,
7. Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.
8. Merrily, merrily shall I live now,
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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 repeats
Circle questions
Imperfect cadence
Plagal cadence
Diminished 7th chord
Canon
Alberti bass
Ground bass
Ostinato
Drone
Melisma
Syncopation…read more

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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
Hemiola
Circle of fifths
Inverted pedal
Acciaccatura
Rubato
Inversion
Subdominant
Dominant
Relative minor
A capella…read more

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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.…read more

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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 main theme after the end of the printed score.…read more

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