Category: Music A2

Questions About The Music Pavane Galliard

1) What is a false relation? Identify the location of a false relation in bars 17-33 of the pavane. A false relation is a type of dissonance that occurs in classical polyphonic renaissance music. There is a false relation in bar 13 between the top part and bottom …

Questions Based on Haydn’s ‘The Joke’ Music

In harmony, what is a pedal? In which bars does a pedal occur (a) in the viola part, and (b) in the violin part? How do these differ? A pedal is a long held note or note that is sustained while the chords change and music continues. There …

New York Counterpoint: movement II By Steve Reich Analysis

Below is a complete analysis of the A2 Music work New York Counterpoint: movement II looking at all the elements of music with some taster questions at the end. Feel free to skip to the parts most relevant to you. This piece is a minimalist piece of music: Steve …

Miles Davis Biography

Born: May 26th, 1926Died: September 28th, 1991Nationality: AmericanStyle/Genre: Jazz Being a virtuoso Trumpet player, Miles Davis is strongly considered one of, if not, the top musician of his era winning nine grammy awards and leading the changing concept of jazz. At the age of 18, he went to …

Leonard Bernstein Biography

Leonard Bernstein (August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) started his musical career through studying at Harvard University in 1934 studying Music. At a very young age many people saw his musical talent which saw him to become a conducting assistance of the New York Philharmonic. Later on in 1943, …

Jerry Goldsmith Biography

Born: February 10th, 1929Died: July 21st, 2004Nationality: AmericanStyle/Genre: Film music Jerry Goldsmith grew up wanting to become a concert hall composer with him starting to learn the piano at the age of 6. At 14 years of age, he started to study the art of composition, theory and …

Four By Miles Davis Jazz Music Analysis

Below is a complete analysis of the A2 Music jazz piece, Four by Miles Davis. Feel free to skip to the parts most relevant to you. Be sure to check out the other A2 musical pieces and AS musical pieces I have analysed on Ask Will Online. Introduction Miles Davis was a leading figure …

Edexcel A2 Music Compare and Contrast Rhythm and Structure Essay

This essay is a ‘compare and contrast’ of the rhythm and structure of the following three musical works: Haydn String Quartet – The ‘Joke’ Brahms Piano Quintet in F Minor Miles Davis Four  Be sure to check out the other A2 musical pieces and AS musical pieces I …