(Original post by manningA15)
Thanks for the advice
What sort of questions are there for the set works? I've never had to study any before
For AS, there will be two unprepared listening questions based on extracts from the set works (one instrumental and one vocal). Then there are two possible options for question 3; a stylistic features essay and compare and contrast, either for instrumental or vocal set works.
After this there is a short (8-mark) theory question (identifying chords/cadences etc in a printed piece of music) and a 12-mark harmony question (filling in 5 chords for SATB).
For A2, you don't have any listening for the set works (instead the listening is other music, supposedly in some way related to the set works. However these relations are so tenuous it could literally be any piece of music). The set works are again split into two sections, this time Instrumental and Applied. There are 3 possible essays on applied set works (which could be stylistic features, or why is it appropriate for a certain situation, etc) of which you write 2, and for the instrumental set works, there are 2 possible compare and contrast essays, of which you choose 1.
In AS, the compare and contrast essays are for two features of two set works, in A2, they're two features of three set works.
So for example, in AS they might ask you to compare texture and melody in Tippett and Webern, and in A2 they might ask you to compare structure and harmony in Berlioz, Shostakovich and Corelli.
There are a lot of set works to study and learn, but (quoting my music teacher)
"You will love some of them, you will hate some of them, but you will know every single one of them backwards."
Sorry this reply is so long!