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Student Guide to Composition for Edexcel GCSE: Music in the 20th Century

A very valuable resource for both the student and teacher... L Field, Music Teacher & Independent Reviewer

A detailed, wide-ranging guide for students composing or arranging within the Music in the 20th Century Area of Study. Introduces key composers and defining features of Impressionism, Serialism, Minimalism and Musicals, and offers a wealth of ideas for composing in each genre.

  • Explains unfamiliar concepts and techniques – and gives advice on applying theoretical knowledge, with prompts and practice exercises
  • A variety of inspirational examples, with accompanying audio on CD to enhance understanding
  • Links to the assessment criteria and set works throughout

Tailored to the Edexcel specification, including clear guidance on scoring, submission and assessment, but also useful for anyone composing in a 20th century style.

Make this challenging and exciting Area of Study accessible, to ensure your students approach their GCSE composition with confidence.

Topics include: • Transforming and developing melodies • Whole-tone scales and modes • Creating your own 12-tone row • Composing using hexachords • Phase shifting • Setting words to music + much more!