Mock exam paper D - Music Composing Higher Level

PRE-LEAVING CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION, 2014

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MUSIC-HIGHER LEVEL

COMPOSING (100 marks)

Duration: 1 hour and a half

ROUGH WORK

Answer TWO questions – One from Section A (Melody Composition) and ONE from Section B (Harmony)

SECTION A – MELODY COMPOSITION (40 marks)

Answer ONE QUESTION ONLY in this section: Q1 or Q2 or Q3

Q1. CONTINUATION OF A GIVEN OPENING

  • Continue the opening below to make a 16-bar melody
  • Include a modulation to the dominant
  • Add appropriate performing directions (phrasing and dynamics) to the melody
  • Choose a suitable instrument for your melody from the following list:

 ■violin  ■flute ■ trumpet  ■horn

Q.2 SETTING MUSIC TO A GIVEN TEXT

Here is an excerpt from I started early, took my dog by Emily Dickinson

I started early, took my dog
And visited the sea
The mermaids in the basement
Came out to look at me

  • The opening line has been set to music below
  • Set the remaining words to make a melody of 16 bars. (You may exceed this number of bars , and include a modulation, if you wish)
  • Add appropriate performing directions (phrasing and dynamics) to the melody

Q. 3 COMPOSING TO A GIVEN DANCE RHYTHM OR METRE OR FORM

The opening phrase of an Ecossoise is given below:

  • Continue the opening below to make a 16-bar melody
  • Use the form AA’BB’
  • Include a modulation to the dominant at a suitable point
  • Add appropriate performing directions (phrasing and dynamics) to the melody
  • Choose a suitable instrument for your melody from the following list:

■ violin  ■ flute  ■ piccolo  ■ treble recorder

SECTION B – HARMONY (60 marks)

Answer ONE QUESTION ONLY in this section: Q4 or Q5 or Q6

Q. 4 COMPOSING MELODY AND BASS NOTES FROM A SET OF CHORDS

PREPARATORY WORK

Plot the chords available in the key of D minor, either in the chord bank grid or on the stave below

Notes

of

chord

A

F

D

C #

A

F

G

E

C#

Chord

symbol

D min

F aug

C# d...

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