GCSE Music Edexcel! AOS2

key facts for the set works in AOS2.

  • Created by: Sarah Gee
  • Created on: 05-05-11 18:59

REICH - Electric counterpoint

Structure and Texture:
- A Section, B Section and a Coda.
- It has a POLPHONIC texture and layers are built up gradually and there are lots of interwieving melodies.
- Multitraking (pre-recorded) the guitar parts, 7 electric guitars, 2 electric bass guitars and 1 solo performance. Live perfomer = RESULTANT (Melody)

Metre and Tempo:
- Marked (=192) which is FAST. 
- Starts in 3/2 (in triple time)... made up of 12QUAVERS. but goes into 12/8 during the B section. The change in tie signatures is similar as they are both made up of 12QUAVERS. 

- Section A is in E MINOR. Section B goes into C MINOR then keeps changing between the two keys. Peice finishes in the home key (E MINOR)

The timbre (tone colour) doesnt change much because it only uses guitars and bass guitars, which all blend in together and sound similar.

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REICH - Electric counterpoint

Techniques Used:
- Multitracking, and Pre-recording the guitar parts.
- made up of short patterns/RIFFS that are repeated alot of times and is called an OSTINATO.
- The use of Looping to build up Layers. These parts are OVERDUBBED (recorded ontop of eachother).
- Parts play at different times like a CANON / round.
- Reich uses Note Addition / Additive Melody.
- The harmony is fairly static, chords dont change often.
- Lots of changes in dynamics (mainly the solo part) wich FADES in and out during the peice. Most in mf, but other parts use diminuendo's. The peice finishes with a massive crescendo and on fortissimo (ff).
- Peice finishes on a chord without the 3rd!!!!!
- Metamorphosis = 'changing shape' tiny changes to one note, etc... of the pattern over time!

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Bernstein - Something's Coming (in D Major)

Structure and Texture:
- 3 bar intro, A section, B Section, B1, A1, Outro. 
- Texture is Cross Rhythms, thick texture due to the large orchestra. layered parts.

- D MAJOR (major- tonys excitement)

Tempo and Metro:
- Marked Fast.
- in 3/4 but feels like its in 6/8 sometimes.
- Cross Rhythms!!!

- Begins softely/quietly
- forte in bars 21-39

- uses tritones to create a Doomed sense. used as an appogiatura
- Tritones are intervals of two notes that are 3 whole tones apart (like F to b)

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Bernstein - Something's Coming (in D Major)

- uses a lot of Jazz notes (blue)
- lots of syncapation
- Melody is based in the opening riff. 

- 1957

- big orchestra
- Latin american instruments used
- includes saxophones, electric guitar, piano, mandolin, celeste, wind, brass, string sections, timpani, glockenspeil, police whistle.

- jazz (20th century) 

- From west side story, (musical) 

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Schoenberg - Peripetie

Structure and Texture:
- Free rondo form
- Unusual structure
- textures change in each section

Tempo / Metre:
- sehr Rasch (very fast)
- and heftig (passionate), and ruhiger (calmer)
- in 3/4

- ATONAL (no particular key)

- each melodic fragment is based on six notes (hexachord)
- principle voice = hauptissme
- klangfarbenmelody (tone colour melody)... a technique used to break up a melody by passing it round different parts. gives the tune variations in timbre (tone colour)

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Schoenberg - Peripetie

- uses a lot of dissonance (clashing chords)/

- wide range of contrasting dynamics (from pp to fff)

- Huge orchestra!

- 1909 

Extra Notes:
- extreme contrasts in dynamics, timbre, texture, DRAMATIC CHANGES!
- no obvious melody
- lots of different not legnths! 

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Really really helpful, seeing as I find this AOS the hardest! Do you have any on other AOSs? Particularly AOS 4?

Thanks once again!

Sarah Gee


No problem!:) and yeah i have Aos1 and Aos3... , I will be doing AOS4 tomorrow :)



thank you so much...exam tomorrwow :/ sacred eshh

Daniel Howie


Why is it formatted so weirdly? Upside down stuff... Very good resource though.

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