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13.11.14

I like the composition ideas that everyone has got, and I am sure that you’re going to write some great pieces. Remember that you are only allowed 15 hours of proper write-up time, but can do as much in rough as possible. The more you do early, the less stressful it will be.

Interesting listening this week. Perotin’s Viderunt Omnes (1198) is an unusual sounding piece, isn’t it? Beethoven’s Spring Sonata (1801) is a beautifully tuneful example of sonata form, and Liszt’s La Campinella (1851) is a masterpiece of showmanship.

Mozart’s Piano Sonata in Bb K.333 is another example of sonata form, and we shall all be real experts on it by the time we’ve finished studying, after our GCSE experience as well.

This week’s harmony is in a different key again – let’s see how you get on with this. Last week’s answer is here. Remember to be patient, and to follow the method: bass line first, working backwards, labelling the chords as you go, then fill in the middle parts. You must prepare 7ths and suspensions, and you can’t double the leading note, or have a passing note from the leading note. How could you possibly go wrong with all these rules!

Finally, the homework is here – get cracking!

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