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WJEC AS Music
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Alun Guy




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J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, 1st Movement

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CONTENTS

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· Introduction 2
· J. S. Bach: Brandenburg No. 2, 1st Movement 3
· Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, 1st Movement 6
· Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, 1st Movement 9
· Handel: Zadok the Priest 12
· Haydn: Nelson Mass (Gloria; Quoniam Tu Solus; Credo) 15
·…

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Introduction
· This anthology is written for students currently studying for the WJEC AS level music course.
You will probably have followed the GCSE music course during years 10 and 11 and are
familiar with the vocabulary used in the examination and in A Student's Guide to GCSE Music
(Rhinegold).…

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J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, 1st Movement
Introduction

This set of 6 concertos were dedicated to the Duke of Brandenburg 1721. They are called
`concerti grossi' because of the accompanying `ripieno' (mainly strings and continuo) combined
with a select group of soloists, the `concertino'. Bach loved experimenting with…

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Examples of modulations:
C major (dominant) ­ bars 15-28
D minor (relative minor) ­ bars 40-41
b
B major (subdominant) ­ bars 56-59
b
E major (flattened leading note) ­ bar 65
C minor (dominant minor) ­ bars 68-71
G minor (supertonic) ­ bars 75-83
A minor (mediant minor) ­…

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Score indications
Tasto solo (bars 102-103): Harpsichord, play the notes without filling in harmonies
all unisono: Cello/Bass and Harpsichord play in unison
piano: softly
pianissimo: very soft
forte: loudly


Points of interest

· Scintillating and brilliant counterpoint.
· Three-part counterpoint between Flute, Viola and Continuo ­ bars 1-2.
· Continuous…

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, 1st Movement
Introduction

A symphony is a large-scale work for an orchestra, usually in four movements. The opening bars
of this first movement contain one of the most famous orchestral motifs of all times. Beethoven
followed the classical tradition of Haydn and Mozart…

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Examples of composition techniques and devices
- Pedal (tonic) ­ bars 33-47 (Cello & Bass)
- Repetition ­ bars 160-167 (Violin I & II and Flutes)
- Sequence ­ bars 408-414 (Violin I)
- Cadences: Perfect ­ bars 194-195; 501-502
Imperfect ­ bars 267-268
- Pizzicato accompaniment ­ bars 254-263…

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· The scoring is fuller in the recapitulation, and the 2nd subject is eight bars longer.
· Mini cadenza ­ bar 268 (Oboe). This is a plaintive bar in the recapitulation section which takes
the tension out of the performance.
· Although the structure/architecture of the movement is conventional, it…

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Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, 1st Movement
Introduction

This violin concerto was written for Ferdinand David, a close friend of the composer, and
premiered in 1845 in Leipzig.

Musical elements

Form
Sonata

Structure
Exposition Development Recapitulation
(1-226) (226-335) (335-528)
Subject 1 (1-72) Variety of keys Subject 1 (335-351)
Transition (72-131) Transition (226)…

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