20th-century music (Edexcel GCSE)
Background and analysis for Schoenberg's Peripetie, Bernstein's Something's Coming, and Reich's Electric Counterpoint.
In this article I approach the Edexcel GCSE Area of Study 2 20th-century set works with a focus on the questions likely to be asked in the listening paper. I have therefore addressed each set work as follows:
- Context – a little of the historical and stylistic background.
- Style – an investigation of the main stylistic features of the work. Detailed listening guides can be found in the Rhinegold Edexcel GCSE Music Study Guide, so I won’t be repeating any of that information here. However, there will be a good look at the characteristics of each piece, and it would be advisable to read these sections in conjunction with the scores, found in the Edexcel GCSE Anthology of Music.
- A guide to the types of questions likely to be asked, and the best ways to prepare students for the exam.