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122 GCSE Music essays

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    Describe the features of music in Electric Counterpoint

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    At bar 82 all of the guitars shift to 12/8 apart from guitars 1-4. The effect of the guitars playing at the same time but in different rhythms produces an âinteresting rhythmic counterpointâ. The sound of the two time signatures together undermines the metre. The bass guitars strengthen the triple metre. The melody of Electric Counterpoint is based on the ostinati. Reich builds the ostinato at the beginning of the movement by using note addition. This is where you build it up by adding notes in stages.

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    Comment on How Schoenburg Uses the Following Music Elements in Peripetie from Five Orchestral Pieces

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    The movement falls into five sections A B A C A which is a rondo form. The Five Orchestral Pieces containing the Peripetie is written for a very large orchestra using three flutes, oboes, clarinets and bassoons, also a piccolo, cor anglais, clarinet in D, bass clarinet and contrabassoon. There are extra horns, trumpets, trombones and a tuba and also with percussion. Schoenburg was famous for writing pieces for instruments where they often play at the extreme of their registers. The piece first starts of in the key of C, but because the piece lacks a key it continuously changes throughout.

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    Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G Minor Section B

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    However, at bar 140 and until the end of the development section, it begins to be lighter and sparser. The final section of the sonata is the recapitulation. In Classical-era sonatas, there is a repeat of the exposition. From bars 164 to 184, it features the first subject again with it being short and nicely flowing into the bridge section. The transition, which span from bars 184 to 226, are longer than those in the exposition and have included a lot of staccato notes. The second subject, from bars 227 to 259) appears to be similar to those in the exposition, with key changes (which will be discussed later)

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    Integrated Task Commentary. For my performance I have chosen a Trinity Guildhall Grade 5 piece called Lime Tree Bay. It is a jazz piece composed by a session musician and composer called Malcolm Ball. I will play my own interpretation of this particular p

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    The first twenty five bars are performed using brushes; this is not dissimilar to the way many big band pieces were played and so shares properties of both big band and traditional jazz. The use of brushes makes it easier to differentiate between accented notes and long legato "sweeps" on the snare drum, giving the piece a variance in timbre making the piece more interesting. It is difficult to sustain a homogenous sound that doesn't vary at the apex of the stir.

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    Music Composition Brief 2

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    I decided to make the first violin play pizzicato as this thin texture contrasts with some of the later sections which are played arco. The next 4 bars consist of the first violin playing two sets of quaver loops: G, A, D and C; and F, G, A and B. I decided to use them with every second bar having the order of the loops reversed, (i.e.: GADC, FGAB, FGAB, GADC) as it would be more interesting than having the loops played continuously one after the other (i.e.

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    Composition analysis

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    with its prey, and by bar three, on the left hand of this bar, it had a whole bar of semiquavers, so the rhythm reflected on the leopard was using full force as the whole bar was fortissimo. In my first draft for the composition, it used too many triads therefore the composition changed to more cluster chords. Using cluster chords not only fits the twentieth century but it also creates more tension throughout this fast and exciting chase of the two safari animals.

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    Music Composition Brief

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    Nearly all blues music is played to a 4/4 time signature, which means that there are four beats in every measure or bar and each quarter note is equal to one beat. I will use some of the features/techniques studied in my 3 study pieces Sprightly: Bass part uses a Pedal Note, the same not is repeated with a melody over the top. Key -C major 4 beats in a bar Right hand part is syncopated, it accents notes that are not on the beat structure ='AA' Melody use a Bb to create a C chord ( C E G B B )

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    Serialism and Minimalism

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    not so defined and it did not have a definite 'key centre' Expressionism * Expressionism represented inner experience and was a rebellion against established order and accepted forms o Real objects in a distorted representation * Artists reflecting feelings about themselves and their surroundings * Artists (notably Kandinsky and Munch) created vivid pictures, distorting colour and shape to express their innermost emotions * In the same way, composers put intense emotional expression into their music

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    Pop music composition

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    He sings a simple major scale, diatonic tune and plays a acoustic guitar. All the verses are the same music and the same last line. When the last line is repeated this works like a mini-chorus. Elton John's 'Candle in the Wind' is a love ballad about Marilyn Monroe. Her real name was Norma Jean. The first line goes 'Goodbye Norma Jean....' At Princess Diana's funeral he changed the words to 'Goodbye English Rose...' Elton accompanies most of his songs on the piano. His accompaniments combine rhythmic chords and snippets of tune, it stops things from getting boring.

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    Blues Music

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    The notes in the blues scale are very dissonant. This may be because the black slaves were in misery working all day, and the scale represents their feelings. In the scale of C, the notes in the blues scale are: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ This is the chord sequence in 12-bar blues music.

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    The Orchestra

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    In Mozart's time, sometimes only one or two were used. The woodwind family is made up of the flute, and instruments with a reed which are blown: clarinets, oboes, and bassoons. Usually there are at least two of each in the orchestra. There are other woodwind instruments, such as the double bassoon, the bass clarinet, the cor anglais (like an oboe, but with a curved reed and a lower and mellower tone) and the piccolo. In the classical orchestra of Mozart and Haydn, oboes, flutes, and bassoons were used a lot, but the other woodwind instruments were developed later.

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    Baroque Music

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    It can also take other textures such as monophonic which is a single melody with no accompaniment. Also there is a homophonic texture which is melody and accompanied, so this means there will be one voice and the rest would be backing. Baroque has also a characteristic of tonality which are replaced by major or minor scales. In baroque music imitation and motifs are used. Melodies often had a lot of ornamentation for example there would have been a lot of trills in the music.

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    Beauty of music

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    Whether a person is rich or poor or whether a person is from the eastern or western hemisphere, music can reach across the globe and touch the hearts of strangers everywhere. Music has a way of reaching a person across stretches of time, crosses political realities, religious realities, and racial realities. Music has a way of bringing together large disparate groups of people who have nothing in common but the music itself, and can bridge gaps across several generations of people regardless of age groups.

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    Development of Music as a Therapy

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    (History of Music Therapy, n.d.) There seems to have always been a connection between music and emotion. It has a history of influence on both the emotional and physical aspects of one's health. "Pythagoras, Plato, and Aristotle all wrote about how music affects health and behavior." (United Health Services, 2009) Plato stated that musical training was important because "rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul imparting grace, and making the soul of him who is rightly educated graceful". (History of Music Therapy, n.d.)Even though music was thought of as a healing agent for body, mind and soul in ancient times, according to the History of Music Therapy, It is a "fairly recent phenomenon in Western culture".

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    The Blues

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    Early instruments used in Blues include the guitar, banjo and harmonica, these usually accompanied a solo singer. Blues players developed new instrumental styles, using typical banjo picking styles on the guitar and combining both chords and single notes by picking the melody on the bass strings and brushing the higher strings. In the 1920s the slide style was introduced, this used a glass or metal tube on the fretting hand to produce a glissando like effect.

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    music folk music research

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    Irish traditional music has survived more strongly against the forces of cinema, radio and the mass media than the indigenous folk music of most European countries. This was partly due to the fact that the country was not a battleground in either of the two world wars. Another significant factor was that the economy was largely agricultural, where oral tradition usually thrives. From the end of the second world war until the late fifties folk music was held in low regard.

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    Composition of Musical

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    In the chord A, C, E I used a C sharp to offer a happier/brighter feel to the piece. This would have made the piece in to a major chord. I changed my original chord without the C sharp; because it did not offer the right feeling to the effect I was trying to put across. To begin my melody again I used what I had for the chords but played them separately, my idea was to stick with as many of the same notes as possible, so the music had a sweet blend or harmony all the way through.

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    Minimalism Compositions

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    I will base the piece on arpeggios and broken chords, I will also use phase shifting to give it a more effective feeling to it. I will be changing the pattern and the rhythm of the music several times in the piece so it doesn't seem to repetitive.

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    Indian Musical Instruments

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    Both have a patch of tuning paste on the drumhead to eliminate the out-of-tune overtones so audible on European drums.

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    The 2 areas of study I chose to focus on in my piece were: Texture and Melody Structure and Form The links between my composition and the given strand (The Western Classical Tradition) are: Instrumentation: Piano and flute, both are western classical ins

    The 'Texture' element would be met by the piano, as I play the piano myself I wanted to explore creating different textures and rhythms using this instrument The focus of the melody was originally meant to be met by the piano also but further down the line of my composition I decided to add a flute to my piece. The flute naturally contrasts with the piano and can be used melodically. I chose the flute in particular rather than other woodwind instruments after I heard a piece by Bach Carl Philipp Emanuel and rather enjoyed the melodies that it played.

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    Who am I?

    I would watch her closely and then become hypnotized from the powerful voices coming from the television screen. I was inspired to create music myself, but I detested the piano. Every time I looked at it, I remembered all those difficult and challenging pieces that my teachers were trying to make me learn. I wanted to compose my own pieces and play them. During practices, I would spend maybe fifteen minutes maximum on the pieces I was to learn and then the rest of the hour on my compositions.

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  22. Synth-Pop Coursework. Synthpop is a genre of music that first became noticeable in the 1980s, this was when the synthesizer was the dominant musical instrument.

    It uses synthasisers as its main and sometimes only instrument. Artists such as Kraftverk and Depeche Mode are some of the more well known groups to produce synthpop music. Many synthpop musicians had limited musical skills, relying on the technology to produce or reproduce the music. The result was often songs that were simple repeated riffs repeating themselves. Themes that were often used when writing a synthpop song were isolation, urban anomie, and feelings of being emotionally cold and hollow. Lets Go Back To When It All Started Electronic musical synthesizers that could be used in a recording studio became available in the mid 1960 and it was around the same time that rock music began to emerge as a musical genre.

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  23. Scott Joplin was born in Linden, Texas on November 24, 1868. At an early age Joplin demonstrated an extraordinary talent for music. With the encouragement of his parents he started playing the banjo, and was beginning to play the piano.

    In 1893, Joplin was in Chicago at the World's Fair leading a band and playing the cornet. After the fair he returned to Sedalia and played first cornet in the Queen City Cornet. Staying with the band only a year, he later started his own band. In 1895, he traveled to Syracuse, New York, with his Texas Medlley Quartette, a vocal group. His performances so impressed several businessmen in Syracuse that they issued his first two publications, the songs Please Say You Will and A picture of Her Face. When not traveling he worked in Sedalia as a pianist playing at various events and sites.

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  24. Music Composition Brief 1

    To start the piece, I created a violin melody accompanied with a piano playing arpeggios and broken chords. I made bar 8 an exception: a scale was used instead of an arpeggio in the piano right hand. I decided to do this to contrast with the other bars which were playing arpeggios. This section started off as mezzo-forte with two mezzo-piano's in the middle of the piece, as the note lengths were swapped around for one bar: usually the violin part is in crotchets, right hand piano semi-quavers and left hand piano quavers, which was changed to violin - semiquavers, right hand piano - quavers and left hand piano - crotchets.

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  25. Critical Review of St. Martin's Chamber Choir

    I liked this concept quite a bit. The sound of each arrangement varied. Some had longer phrasing, and some were very concise. I don't know enough about singing to describe what techniques or methods I thought the musicians used, but I do know that not a single part of the entire concert was done poorly, it sounded very good. Musical Selection 2-Vox in Rama by Giaches de Wert I chose to include this piece because it was something I'd never heard before and also it was very pretty.

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If you like Music and you're learning an instrument then taking it as a GCSE is a wise choice. You'll be exposed to a wonderful variety of musical styles and genres and you'll develop an appreciation of the theory of music too. One day you may be listening to Handel's Messiah the next some 1950's Chicago jazz. You may not appreciate just how wide the variety of music is but by you will do by the time you finish the course.

The style of assessment varies a little but broadly you'll be marked on composition, performance, listening and written answers. The nature of written assignments in Music GCSE may well be a little different to what you may be expecting so it's good that Marked by Teachers has a wide variety of essay

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