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156 GCSE Music essays

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    Describe the features of music in Electric Counterpoint

    4 star(s)

    This is a good essay on one of the 12 sets works listed in the EDEXCEL GCSE anthology. The writer has written in detail about many of the key features…

    • Essay length: 497 words
    • Submitted: 24/10/2012
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Nathan Smith 19/03/2013
    • Awarding body: AQA (for GCSEs)
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    Comment on How Schoenburg Uses the Following Music Elements in Peripetie from Five Orchestral Pieces

    4 star(s)

    This is a good evaluation of the extract and includes most of the important points. I would recommend that the writer structures the essay under the headings bulleted in the…

    • Essay length: 569 words
    • Submitted: 01/10/2012
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Nathan Smith 19/03/2013
    • Awarding body: AQA (for GCSEs)
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    Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G Minor Section B

    4 star(s)

    This is a well written essay with a lot of detail. I have concerns that the writer does not really understand how keys are explored in the Sonata. The writer…

    • Essay length: 1412 words
    • Submitted: 27/04/2012
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Nathan Smith 08/01/2013
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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

    4 star(s)

    This is a well written essay although I wonder if the use of overly complicated words has clouded the clarity of what the writer is trying to say. The final…

    • Essay length: 1010 words
    • Submitted: 13/08/2011
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Nathan Smith 08/01/2013
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    Music Composition Brief 2

    4 star(s)

    This composition sounds well organised and makes excellent use of a number of minimalism techniques. I would have liked the writer to discuss how other elements of music contribute to…

    • Essay length: 1101 words
    • Submitted: 24/05/2011
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Nathan Smith 08/01/2013
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    Composition analysis

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    The composer here has clearly understood how to create a piece of expressionist music. They have accurately described the use of a number of techniques that are regularly used in…

    • Essay length: 553 words
    • Submitted: 31/05/2010
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Nathan Smith 19/03/2013
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    Music Composition Brief

    4 star(s)

    This is a good analysis of three pieces of music. I feel that the writer could have gone into more detail about what they planned to do in their own…

    • Essay length: 531 words
    • Submitted: 13/06/2009
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Nathan Smith 08/01/2013
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    Serialism and Minimalism

    4 star(s)

    This is a very concise but accurate description of 3 musical styles. The writer could have gone into more detail especially in the minimalism section. The writer uses musical vocabulary…

    • Essay length: 478 words
    • Submitted: 29/05/2009
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Nathan Smith 08/01/2013
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    Pop music composition

    4 star(s)

    A good description of the composition and musical vocabulary is used well. I would wonder if the chord sequence was just a little bit too complicated but without hearing the…

    • Essay length: 1144 words
    • Submitted: 31/03/2009
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Nathan Smith 19/03/2013
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    Blues Music

    4 star(s)

    This essay is a clear and brief description of blues. It includes a number of the main features and talks about the 12 bar blues chord pattern. The writer could…

    • Essay length: 355 words
    • Submitted: 22/08/2003
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Nathan Smith 08/01/2013
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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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