GCSE Music Edexcel! AOS2

key facts for the set works in AOS2.

HideShow resource information
  • 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. 

Tonality:
- 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)

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

1 of 6

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.
- REPETITION.
- 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!!!!!
- From MINIMALISM. 
- Metamorphosis = 'changing shape' tiny changes to one note, etc... of the pattern over time!

2 of 6

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.

Tonality:
- D MAJOR (major- tonys excitement)

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

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

Harmony:
- 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)

3 of 6

Bernstein - Something's Coming (in D Major)

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

Released:
- 1957

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

Influences:
- jazz (20th century) 

Background
- From west side story, (musical) 

4 of 6

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

Tonality:
- ATONAL (no particular key)

Melody:
- 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)

5 of 6

Schoenberg - Peripetie

Harmony:
- uses a lot of dissonance (clashing chords)/

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

Instrumentation:
- Huge orchestra!

Released:
- 1909 

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

6 of 6

Comments

Anuradha

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 :)

Cheryl

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

Daniel Howie

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

Similar Music resources:

See all Music resources »See all resources »