Section B Pratice Answers Edexcel GCE Music

A Practice B Section Answer I created when revising lat year - might not be perfect but I did get a high A* in the Exam! This is for Section B of Edexcel GCSE Music. Note : Chopin and (i think ) Buckley came up in 2011, so they probably won't come up in 2012 - but do check and know them anyway. Also note ( I learnt this from the chief examiner at a course) that one b option will be from AOS 1 and 2 and the other will be from AOS 3 and 4 - this means that you can be really prepared for 6 pieces in advance adn not 12. 

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Section B Practice Answers
Schoenberg uses an atonal piece to have the expression and freedom he wanted when
composing. He used a 12 tone series in which he based his melody. This is made up of
twelve individual notes. He picked 6 of these notes to make up a `hexachord' ­ a six
note chord which he used to base both his melody and harmony on. This is repeated
numerous times in the piece and is the basis of harmony. The other 6 notes form the
`compliment' which is also used as a repeated motif in `Peripetie'. The title of the piece
means sudden changes and this was certainly achieve by Schoenberg. He uses the
idea of `Klangfarben melodie' to pass his melody around many instruments to have
diversity in both texture and timbre. This is shown on the score by the symbols for
hauptstimme and nebemnstimme. Schoenbergs structure is essentially free rondo form
however seems to be characterised by eh passing of melody between instruments. The
structure does give him some clarity in climactic expressions through. It is played by a
larger orchestra and some instruments that play the main melody are cello, bassoon
and horns. The piece has markings `sehr rash' and `etwas ruhiger' and there is diversity
in both tempo and dynamics. The piece contains mostly polyphonic phrases although
there are areas which are more monophonic. The instruments are played at extremes
such as the trumpets ­ which have mutes for sound and not for dynamics. There are
unusual techniques in eh strings and the drums are played with mallets and a cello bow
in one section.
Bernstein uses a jazz based piece from West Side story which is rooted in violence and
darkeness, with alternative themes of love and anticipation. The mood of the piece is
one of joy created by the D major key signature and lyrics `Gunna be great'. However it
could be seen as a piece with an ominous atmosphere created byt eh triton motif
Sharpd or (devidls triton) which is repeated throughout the piece. It also ends of a
dissonant C natural flattened 7th when the Key is D major. This is a long sustained note
for effect. The piece uses a large orchestra which accompanies Tony the solo tenor
male voice.
Cross rhythms
Jazz harmony

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