Edexcel Music A2, 18th June 2014Watch
As for what type of piece it was, I put a violin concerto (Probably wrong), as there was a solo violin, and it sounded to be more than 8 string instruments for an octet. Eh, I don't know, I have second thoughts about it now.
The essays weren't too bad, although a little disappointed 'Yellow Bird' didn't come up - solely because steel-pan music makes me feel so happy for some strange reason!
Hope everyone else did okay for this one.
For the comparison I wrote Byrd because I've sung some of his choral music and it seemed similar. The first piece was in latin and he was a tolerated Catholic in Protestant England so it seemed to fit.
I did Wagner then Haydn, which were good meaty questions. The Sweelink, Bach, and Schumann are among my favourite pieces so pleased about those. But my mind keeps dwelling on that awful dictation! I found it harder than any practice paper notation.
Yeah I thought Purcell because he's English and the second extract was in English annoyingly (I know Byrd is as well!). Yeah the notation was awful- how did you get hold of previous past papers? Our teacher only gave us 2012 and 2013 past papers without the skeleton scores so that was helpful...
I don't know if people will want to know (what's done is done and all that), but I've found a couple of the pieces from the paper.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GSo...ature=youtu.be Byrd's 'Christ Rising Again'
Handel's Concerto grosso, Op. 6 No. 10 (the section we were asked on was the third movement, about 5 minutes in) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SSbOOBD-sE
If anyone ends up retaking, I'd definitely recommend listening to the most famous musicians of your set works' era - Purcell always comes up, Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Byrd, Handel...
I also did the Debussy question, which was alright? Melody and rhythm is quite a good one for Webern, at least, and it was good to mention that Chopin thing for rhythm for Black and Tan...I did the Titanic question, too, which was good.
All would've been well if I hadn't like, missed one of the applied questions. I didn't do it. I didn't know I had to! I always mess up because I fail to read the questions properly, and it had to be on a 13 mark question...I reckon I would've lost about 7 marks on the paper all in all if it hadn't been for that, now it's teetering at around 20! I mean, I did a plan for about 5 points for another question because I thought I'd do the Wagner one at first...I hope the examiner has mercy...
I flunked out last year, especially in the AS music exam, which I literally failed. I've really worked hard since then and if my efforts go to waste because I missed a question I'll be really annoyed at myself. I needed this paper to hopefully get me a B...
Grade boundaries depend on how everyone does. Last year they were quite a blessing (although I still failed lol, still, it must've been a hard paper) - just CTRL F 'music' and you'll find the grade boundaries from last year. http://www.edexcel.com/iwantto/Docum...01306%20v4.pdf