GCSE AQA Area of Study Guide: Western Classical Tradition 1650 to 1910

Build students’ confidence with unfamiliar listening. Chapters cover key contextual information, skills and knowledge on the area of study, plus activities and exam practice are included in each guide! This detailed analysis is accompanied by annotated score excerpts and definitions of key terms to support students throughout.

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N Silvester, Teacher & Expert Reviewer


  • Contextual information on key musical genres, styles and composers provides a foundation
  • Covers all of AQA’s specified genres and styles, supported by annotated score extracts
  • Key terms definitions throughout and a full glossary reinforce essential knowledge

Practice and Assess

  • Engaging activities throughout help students to apply their knowledge
  • Concise typical feature revision tables break down the area of study for easy revision
  • Exam-style short-answer questions with answers ensure your students are fully prepared for Section A of the exam
Area of Study 1: Western Classical Tradition 1650–1910

Delve into this key period of Western Classical Tradition in a wealth of detail with analysis broken down by AQA’s specified styles and genres:

  • The coronation anthems and oratorios of Handel
  • The orchestra music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven
  • The piano music of Chopin and Schumann
  • The requiem of the late Romantic period

Includes a concise ‘what to listen for’ section on Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven to prepare students before they begin!

What do teachers say about this resource? (8567)

I liked that fact that it covered the strands of the Western Classical tradition 1650-1910 and closely followed the AQA specification by closely analysing key works associated with each of the strands (Handel, Haydn/Mozart/Beethoven, Chopin/Schumann and Romantic requiems).

Lots of very useful resources included.

Within this resource, I particularly liked the inclusion of the What to listen for table on page 8 - this, I thought, gave students a really clear and concise list of musical elements and features to listen out for and identify when listening and also to revise from.

I also really liked the revision tables... These have been excellent revision resources and lend themselves to students using these to create their own mind maps and revision materials.

K Wolfe , Customer & Teacher

Good quality... Uses accessible language for students.

N Silvester, Teacher & Expert Reviewer