Edexcel A2 Music - would someone care to explain what the course entails?Watch
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Unit 6 is the exam, in 3 parts-
-Part 1 is again split into 2 parts. Together they're out of about 26.
--Part A gives two extracts to compare
--Part B gives an extract to analyse, including notation where you hear a section and have to write it down
-Part 2 uses the applied works- that is works that were written for a specific event e.g. Titanic piece written for a film or Wagner's prelude written for an Opera. You have to analyse the piece for things that link it to the context, how it would work in the situation it was written for e.g. Yellow bird's calypso rhythm is good for the carnivals it was written for. You have to do 2 short essays, for 13 marks each.
-Part 3 is longer essay where you take the instrumental works- the ones that aren't applied and write about it. You are given 3 pieces to compare, and 2 areas to look at e.g. Melody and Harmony. This is longer than both parts of part 2 put together, and you need to make about 36 points.