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Edexcel: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/music-2016.html

The following information is available using this link:

  • The specification
  • Past papers and model answers
  • Various other information

Summary of course content

In summary, candidates will be assessed in the following areas at the end of the course:

  • Performing: 2 performance pieces, one solo and one ensemble piece (15% + 15% of the final mark)
  • Composing: 2 compositions (15% + 15% of the final mark)
  • Listening / written examination: 8 set works are examined (40% of the final mark).

The eight set works are:

  1. J. S. Bach: 3rd Movement from Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D major
  2. L. van Beethoven: 1st Movement from Piano Sonata no. 8 in C minor ‘Pathétique’
  3. H. Purcell: Music for a While
  4. Queen: Killer Queen (from the album Sheer Heart Attack)
  5. S. Schwartz: Defying Gravity (from the album of the cast recording of Wicked)
  6. J. Williams: Main title/rebel blockade runner (from the soundtrack to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)
  7. Afro Celt Sound System: Release (from the album Volume 2: Release)
  8. Esperanza Spalding: Samba Em Preludio (from the album Esperanza)

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