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The following musical resources are a response to typical tasks set for A level music studies by the main examination boards (Edexcel, OCR and AQA). Whilst changes are made each year to examination specification and, indeed new papers and boards are introduced (e.g. Cambridge Pre-U, International Baccalaureate), the main skills involved remain largely unchanged. We therefore hope that these free academic examples offer suitable guidance to both teachers and pupils alike. We warmly welcome feedback. Contact us here.

A LEVEL (History & Analysis)
   
Composer Portrait:
Franz Joseph Haydn
 
Composer Portrait:
Ludwig van Beethoven
 
The Sonata
An overview from Classical to Romantic Periods
 
Chamber Music
An Overview of the Development of Chamber Music
 
 
Study Guides : Keyboard Music
 
Sweelinck: Pavana Lachrimae
 
JS Bach: Sarabande and Gigue from Partita no. 4 in D major, BWV 828
 
Mozart: Piano Sonata in B-flat K333, first movement
 
Schumann: Kinderscenen, op.15 nos. 1, 3 and 11
 
Debussy: 'Sarabande' from Pour Le Piano
 
Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue in A major
 
Mozart: Piano Sonata in A major, K331
 
Mozart: Piano Concerto K488, 1st Mvt
An analysis showing the use of sonata form in the classical concerto
 
Mozart: Piano Concerto in B flat K595
 
Chopin: Chopin's Piano Sonata in B Flat Minor, Opus 35
Special Study: Shifting modes of reception:
 
Beethoven: Piano Sonata, Opus 81a 'Les adieux', 1st movement
   
   
Study Guides : Sacred Vocal Music
 
John Taverner: O Wilhelme pastor bone
 
Giovanni Gabrieli: In ecclesiis from Symphoniae Sacrae II
 
JS Bach: Cantata No. 48, Ich elender Mensch
 
Haydn: Quoniam tu solus Sanctus from The Nelson Mass
 
Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms (Movement III)
 
John Tavener: The Lamb
 
Bruckner: Locus Iste
 
Handel: Coronation Anthem: The King Shall Rejoice
 
Mozart: Piano Concerto in B flat K595
 
Chopin: Chopin's Piano Sonata in B Flat Minor, Opus 35
Special Study: Shifting modes of reception:
 
Beethoven: Piano Sonata, Opus 81a 'Les adieux', 1st movement
   
   
Study Guides : Chamber Music
 
Haydn: Quartet in E flat Op. 33 no. 2 (movement IV)
 
Brahms: String Quartet, Opus 51 No. 2
Rondo form; an introduction
 
 
Study Guides : Orchestral Music
 
Wagner: Prelude to Tristan and Isolde
 
Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
 
Berlioz: Harold in Italy (Movement III)
 
Tippett: Concerto for Double String Orchestra (Movement I)
 
Mendelssohn: Overture The Hebrides
 
Haydn: Symphony No 103, 2nd Movement
   
Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream
   
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in c minor, Finale Download
   
   
Musicology
 

Dramatic Music in England, 1600-1710: An Overview

 
Dramatic Music in England, 1710-1759: An Overview
 
Olivier Messiaen: An Introduction
An examination of the life and musical style of Olivier Messiaen, 1908-1992
 
Gerald Finzi: Special Study
Discernible Poetic and Philosophical Influences in the works of Gerald Finzi
 
Igor Stravinsky: Special Study
Perséphone: An Interpretation by Igor Stravinsky and André Gide
   
Serialism in the music of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern
Different approaches to twelve-tone technique
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