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Music- Subject specific vocabulary
Definitions of key words and terms used in AQA's AS and A-level Music specification.
Terms in this set (31)
Pieces writen with an instrumental or vocal part designed to support or complement the melody.
Ambition of project
A mark awarded against instrumental music grades for the difficulty of the repertoire and recognised for all performance types.
Evaluating set works and demonstrating knowledge and understanding of musical elements, context and language to make critical judgements.
Diagrams, screenshots and written notes showing how the piece was composed, including instruments' use of effects and editing.
Listening attentively to familiar and unfamiliar music, identifying and accurately describing in written form, musical elements, context and language.
Area of study
Specified genres, styles and traditions of music.
The effect on how the note is played e.g. slur, phrase mark, staccato, accent and legato.
Art Music since 1910
Area of study defined as music that comprises modern, contemporary classical music, electronic art music, experimental and minimalist music as well as other forms.
Sound recording of the students' performances and compositions.
Equality when planning sections and instruments to achieve clarity of recording.
Baroque solo concerto
One of the strands for Area of study 1: Western classical tradition 1650-1910 requiring the study of set works in this genre. Written for a solo instrument with orchestra, often with demanding passages for the soloist.
When a recording of an ensemble has a well balanced sound, without individual instruments or voices standing out.
Brief No.1 of externally set briefs requiring the working of cadence points and vocal lines, including alto, tenor and bass.
The simultaneous sounding of two or more notes.
Specific symbols used to represent chords on musical notation e.g. C7 C+Cø.
Clarity of capture
Part of the technical control for production reflecting the choice and placement of microphones to produce a clear, clean capture for all tracks with no noise or distortion.
The technique of placing the microphone relatively close to an instrument or sound source to produce a non-reverberant sound and so reducing extraneous noise.
Student record of how they developed their composition to a brief.
Composition to a brief
Composition 1 produced in response to an externally set brief by AQA.
A metre in which each bet of the bar divides naturally into three equal parts (triplet feel)
Part of the expressive control element of production to make the sound more consistent in the dynamic range so that they 'sit' in the mix of other instruments better.
Contemporary traditional music
Area of study defined as music influenced by traditional musical features fused with contemporary elements and styles.
Making critical judgements by analysing and evaluating music.
Musical terms and concepts eg melody, accompaniment and tonality.
Used to 'colour' musical elements e.g. ostinato, melisma.
Part of the production process demonstrating the use of a recording technique to minimise noise and distortion.
Degrees of loudness or softness in music.
Ways of changing the sound/length of notes e.g. amplification, distortion.
A group performance of three or more musicians.
Used to eliminate unwanted sounds; make certain instruments or voices more prominent or enhance particular aspect of an instrument's tone.
Short extract from a piece of music.
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