In GCSE Music you will be required to compose two pieces. To do this you will need suitable tools. You will also need to find a starting point for your music, and structure, review, evaluate and experiment with your compositions.
Which of these processes is to do with structure?
Deciding which instruments to use
Bringing a jazz style into a classical piece
The sections in a piece
Which of the following is a musical form?
Before beginning to compose, it is a good idea to have:
An overall plan
Which of these is a way of building up layers of texture?
Playing the same phrase at a higher pitch
Gradually adding and removing instruments
Making rhythmic alterations
Why is notation important to a composer?
So that the audience can follow the score
It gives the composer something to do
It enables them to communicate their ideas to other musicians for performance
Which of these is a way of adding another layer to a piece?
Devising a drone part
A phrase followed by the same phrase played backwards
Adding ornaments such as trills
What can call and response be useful for?
Generating ideas for composition
Developing and extending a composition
Creating a contrast
Which of these sounds suggest a mood of calmness?
Soft, gentle melodic sounds
Low, brooding sounds
Dissonant, loud sounds
Which of these sound types would be best for writing music with a cheerful mood?
Ascending passages, using major keys
Low pitched sounds
Loud dissonant sounds
Which of these statements is true?
Dissonant, loud passages can create music evoking a calm mood
Dissonant, loud passages can create music evoking drama and conflict
Dissonant, loud passages can create music evoking cheerfulness