AS/A Level Course Content

Exam Board

Edexcel: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/music-2016.html

The following information is available using this link:

  • The specification
  • Past papers and model answers
  • Various other information

Summary of course content

  • An 8 minute performance (30% of the final mark)
  • A composition (20% of the final mark)
  • Harmonisation of a Bach Chorale (10% of the final mark)
  • An examination paper including essay questions and aural questions (40% of the final mark).

The set works to be examined are as follows:

  1. J. S. Bach, Cantata, Ein feste Burg, BWV 80: Movements 1, 2, 8
  2. Mozart, The Magic Flute: Excerpts from Act I no. 4 (Queen of the Night), no. 5 (Quintet)
  3. Vaughan Williams, On Wenlock Edge: Nos. 1, 3 and 5 (On Wenlock Edge, Is my team ploughing? and Bredon Hill)
  4. Vivaldi, Concerto in D minor, Op. 3 No. 11
  5. Clara Wieck-Schumann, Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17: movement 1
  6. Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique: Movement I
  7. Danny Elfman, Batman Returns: Main theme (Birth of a Penguin PartII), Birth of a Penguin Part I, Rise and fall from grace, and Batman vs the Circus
  8. Rachel Portman, The Duchess: The Duchess and End titles, Mistake of your life, Six years later, and Never see your children again
  9. Bernard Herrmann, Psycho: Prelude, The City, Marion, The Murder (Shower Scene), The Toys, The Cellar, Discovery, Finale
  10. Courtney Pine, Back in the Day: Inner state (of mind), Lady Day (and John Coltrane), and Love and affection
  11. Kate Bush, Hounds of Love: Cloudbusting, Dream of sheep and Under ice
  12. Beatles, Revolver: Eleanor Rigby, Here, there and everywhere, I want to tell you, and Tomorrow never knows
  13. Debussy, Estampes: Nos. 1 and 2 (Pagodes and La soirée dans Grenade)
  14. Familia Valera Miranda, Caña Quema: Alla vá candela and Se quemala chumbambà
  15. Anoushka Shankar, Breathing Under Water: Burn, Breathing Under Water and Easy
  16. Cage, Three Dances for two prepared pianos: No. 1
  17. Kaija Saariaho, Petals for Violoncello and Live Electronics
  18. Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring: Introduction, The Augurs of Spring,and Ritual of Abduction

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