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Year 10 half term homework

Listen to the two remaining set works in the Anthology and complete the comparison table in as much detail as you can.  
Due: Wednesday 5th November
Click here for the link to the table.  You are more than welcome to change the font, but please be mindful of the Taste Police, Doan and Guinane.
Below are the two set works:

Year 12 Homework 23/10


1. Finish the comparison grid of The Lamb and Monteverdi

2. Find, and analyse, a piece of music of your own choice. Some suggestions:

- An old grade piece
- Another piece from the anthology (not an exam work)
- Something in the same style as one of your current set works
- Anything else appropriate

The shorter/simpler the better, really. Think back to Donna Nobis Pacem on the first lesson!
A great source of scores is

You will need to produce:

- An annotated score
- A summary sheet divided into the elements:

Background, instrumentation, melody, structure, texture, harmony/tonality, rhythm

Use your analysis skills from this half term, remember to make basic observations first, aim for clarity and accuracy.

Good luck (I think it sounds fun). Due the first Thursday back.

Any questions email or tweet,

Mr Guinane

Year 10: GCSE Homework

Please answer (in full sentences where applicable) the following question on Handel's And the glory of the Lord.  Your answers should be succinct (i.e. please don't go on and on about irrelevant information!).

Due: Friday 24th October 2014

1) How is the joyful mood or "affection" of this chorus achieved by Handel?
2) Name three different types of musical texture that feature in this chorus.  Give examples.
3) Name the four voice parts that perform this chorus.
4) What instruments accompany the singers?
5) How many different melodies are used by Handel in the chorus - give details please.
6) Identify two ways in which the last three bars of the extracts ('hath spoken it') are given a dramatic setting.
7) Give bar numbers where you can hear:
a) One voice part
b) two voice parts
c) three voice parts
d) All four voice parts together

8) In general, how are the words set to music?
9) How is the word "revealed" treated throughout the piece?

Year 10: And the glory of the Lord

As promised, year 10, here is the recording of Handel's And the glory of the Lord from his oratorio Messiah.  Let's get this one in the can.

Year 12: Brandenburg 4 recording

Please find your class recording of the opening ritornello of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no 4, first movement.  Well done, not a bad effort at all.  Michael and Harry, please talk to each other about transposing the rest of the movement. Email me if you run out of time.

You should also listen to the whole concerto:

Year 10 Theme and Variations Homework

Please record your variation on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and submit it by Wednesday 8th October.  
Our preferred method of submission is via email.  However, please do come and use iPod 1 if you need to.  Please ensure you label the track with your name.
Click here for the chords if you need.
We are really encouraged by your progress in today's lesson - keep noodling and playing!
D & G