Edexcel Music Set Works - Backround info

Short notes on the backround to Edexcel's GCSE Music Course Set Works

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Handel - And the Glory

Composed in 1742

Chorus from Messiah - an Oratorio (composed in 24 days)

Built upon 4 Ideas

First performed in 1742 in Dublin

First performance in England was in 1743 - Covent Garden Theatre


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Mozart - Symphony No. 40 in G minor 1st Movement

It is the 1st of 4 movements Composed in 1788 - near the end of Mozart's life In Sonata Form along with 2nd (unusual) and 4th movements

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Schoenberg - Peripetie

Composed in 1909

From 'Five Orchestral Pieces' - 5 atonal works not linked by any themes

Were not given names until 13 years after they had been composed

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Reich - Electric Counterpoint 3rd Movement

Composed in 1987

Last in 3 movements for soloists playing with pre-recorded tracks


  • Vermont Counterpoint - flute
  • New York Counterpoint - clarinet

Comissioned for Pat Metheny (jazz guitarist) 

Performed at Brooklyn Academy of music's 'Next Wave' Festival

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Miles Davis - 'All Blues' from Kind of Blue

Recorded in 1959

Uses Modal Jazz

Davis : Trumpet

Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley : Alto sax

John Coltrane : Tenor Sax

Bill Evans : Piano

Paul Chambers : Bass

Jimmy Cobb : Drums

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Jeff Buckley - Grace

Album - GRACE released in 1994 

Released same day as 'Definitely Maybe' by Oasis

Matt Johnson : Drums

Mick Grondahl : Bass

Gary Lucas : Guitar

Jeff Buckley : Guitar, Vocals

Produced by Andy Wallace

Recorded in Bearsville studios, Woodstock

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Capercaillie - Skye Waulking Song

Based on an old waulking song

It is a fusion piece

Album: Nadurra released in 2000

Donald Shaw : accordion, piano, synth

Micheal McGoldrick : flutes, whistle, uilleann pipes

Karen Matheson : vocals

Ewen Vernal : acoustic and electric bass

Charlie McKerron : fiddle

Mannus Lunny : bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán, vocals

James MacKintosh : drums, percussion

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Rag Desh

Translates as rainy season or monsoon raga.

Primary moods (rasa) are devotion, romance and longing

1 - Sitar and Tabla (Alap + Gat 1 + Gat 2) :

Anoushka Shankar

2 - Voice, Sarangi, Sarod, Pakhawaj, Cymbals, Tabla (Alap + Bhajan) :

Chiranji Lal Tanwar

3 - Bansuri, Esraj, Tambura, Tabla (Alap + Gat 1 (Slow) + Gat 2 (Fast)) :

Benjy Wertheimer (esraj and tabla) and Steve Gorn (bansuri)

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Messiah was actually composed in 1741. It was first performed in 1742

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