GCSE Music Exam

These cards contain a lot of information that I will need to know for my exam. I am with the OCR boarf so will be concentrating on that inparticular.

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  • Renaissance, 1550 - 1650
  • Early/Medieval Music
  • Step dynamics, no gradual changes
  • Played by small gorups of performers called Consorts
  • Full or Broken Consorts
  • Instruments
    • Shawms (Like an Oboe)
    • Sackbuts (Like a Trombone)
    • Lutes (Pear shaped string Instrument)
    • Recorders
    • Viols
    • Harpsichord
  • Drones are used
  • Performed in a Royal Court

Possible Composers - Byrd, Palestrina, Gibbons

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These are both from the Renaissance Period


  • 4 beats per bar
  • Slow and Stately
  • Has a minim, crotchet, crotchet rhythm in the background
  • Binary Form, A, A1, B, B1


  • 3 beats per bar
  • Lively and Upbeat
  • Hemiola Rhythm
  • Binary Form A, A1, B, B1
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  • Baroque, 1650-1750
  • Small Orchestras were used
  • Instruments
    • Harpsichord for chords
    • Cello for bass line
    • Violins, Violas
    • Recorders, Flutes
    • Trumpets
    • Oboes
    • Baroque Organ (Pipe Organ)
  • Music for strings only, sometimes with solo instruments
  • Melodies using sequencing and imitation
  • Step dynamics, no gradual changes
  • Harmonies began here as they replaced the nodes with major and minor scales
  • Music was written to order in these times and all composers worked for a patron such as the Church a royal court or a wealthy noble

Possible Composers - Bach, Teleman, Vivaldi, Pachelbel, Handel

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These are both from the Baroque Period


  • 3 beats per bar
  • Slow Pace
  • Sometimes sound Sad/Sombre
  • Slight accent on the second beat of the bar


  • 4 beats per bar
  • Fast/Medium Pace
  • Binary Form
  • Strings generally used with harpsichord for solo instrument
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