Category: music gcse

F. Chopin’s Piano Prelude No, 15 in D flat major Analysis (1838)

Chopin’s piano music is a perfect example of the Romantic ideal for expressing the poetic feelings and emotions through the medium of sound. Chopin was a fitting example of the Romantic artist – he was lonely, aloof and withdrawn – a talented but tragic figure, dying as he …

The Romantic Era (c. 1800-1900)

The 19th century was the age of the Romanticism. Music was influenced by other acts forms that dealt with the expression of intense but ordinary human emotions such as love, grief, joy, death and the beauty to be found in the natural world. Artists such as J.M.W Turner …

Mozart’s Symphony No.40 in G Minor Analysis

This great symphony is written in the key of G minor and the melancholy feel of this key pervades the first movement, although other movements are lighter in mood. The work comprises the usual four movements, but what is slightly unusual is that Mozart uses sonata form to structure the …

The Classical Era (c.1750-1830) – Music GCSE

The Classical era saw a deliberate move away from the flamboyant and ornate Baroque ideals. Classical architecture and art reflected a new interest in a more restrained style inspired by the ancient world of the Greeks and Romans. Music from this era echoes the architecture in that it …

George Frideric Handel’s ‘And the Glory of the Lord’ from Messiah Analysis

George Handel’s ‘And the Glory of the Lord’ was created in the Baroque era between 1600-1750 in a short period of only 24 days. The piece, despite the religious nature of the subject matter, was intended for performance in the concert hall rather than the church. The original accompaniment was just strings …

Music in The Baroque Era (c. 1600-1750) – Music GCSE

A Portrait of George Frideric Handel The Baroque period in history witnessed a new exploration of ideas and innovations in the arts, literature and philosophy. Italy was at the hub of new culture and led the way when it came to exploring new ideas and fashions. The word …