With regard to the dreaded task of revising for A2 music (im doing OCR btw) written exam, how do people intend to go about it...? I'm really unsure of where to start!
Don't ever want to see it again!
oooh, i love Riemenschneider! it's my baby - jokes!
but seriously, i've been told that Imogen Holst used to take hers to bed with her to read with her mug of cocoa before going to sleep!
i'm doing edexcel as well
lufiaguy - for the choral exam, yesterday, i condensed all my notes on bach chord progressions onto one side of manuscript - it's such a wonderful feeling to see it all in one place! but yes, i think practise is the only way. everybody has different ways of doing them, some at the piano, others not. but its really important to hear the outcome. sibelius is wonderful if you can't play the piano!
as for the anthology, i have notes throughout my scores and haven't really started revising properly yet, but will probably base my revision on a load of past paper questions adapted for the set works.
the book you ordered - aural matters - we used last year. it is a very good book. it has some useful info for help identifying music in terms of era, genre etc. rhinegold also do two aural books, but we're also used these at school, so i don't know what i can do in terms of revision except go over these and past papers again!
Pink*Guildhall - would you mind posting those chord progressions? Would be really appreciated! We've had some teaching problems over the last year and I'd feel much happier if I could double check the notes I've got with somebody else's.
In the near future I want to start playing through some of Bach's chorales on the piano, and maybe pencil in the chords/positions/modulations he's using. I think this will definitely help with learning his style. Other than that, you're right, practise is the only way!
We have the Rhinegold aural tests at school and go over them as a group... don't know about you but I'm finding the A2 tests pretty tricky!!
BTW, do you know where I can get hold of some past papers? I wish the Edexcel website would upload their papers like AQA does!!
in reference to past papers, you could ask your teachers at school? that's the only way i would know of getting them. we were given them in booklets (as we are for all our subjects), and then our teachers suggest how they might be different.
if you're finding the A2 Rhinegold ones tricky, i think you certainly benefit from using Aural Matters a lot (there are answers in it!)
Bach often uses progressions and chord formations that I haven't been taught , of that go against the rules of what i've been taught! despite that, it can be useful to look through and see what he has done.
and i shall send you a PM about my notes.