Set works

    Area of Study 1: Vocal music

    Cantata ‘Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott’ BWV 80 (Bach), 1st, 2nd and 8th movements

    Die Zauberflöte, excerpts from Act 1 (Mozart)

    Area of Study 2: Instrumental music

    Concerto in D minor Op. 3 No. 11 RV 565 (Vivaldi)

    Piano Trio in G minor Op. 17, 1st movement (Clara Schumann)

    Area of Study 3: Music for film

    Cues from The Duchess (2008) (Rachel Portman)

    Cues from Batman Returns (1992) (Danny Elfman)

    Area of Study 4: Popular music and jazz

    Tracks from Back in the Day (Courtney Pine)

    Tracks from Hounds of Love (Kate Bush)

    Area of Study 5: Fusions

    Estampes, Nos. 1 and 2 (Debussy)

    Tracks from Caña Quema (La Familia Valera Miranda)

    Area of Study 6: New directions

    Three Dances for Two Prepared Pianos, No. 1 (John Cage)

    Petals [for Cello Solo and Optional Electronics] (Kaija Saariaho)


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The author

Alistair Wightman

has worked in primary, secondary and further education, and is now a freelance teacher and writer. For many years he was a principal examiner in history and analysis in A Level music.

His publications include Writing about Music (Rhinegold, 2008) and several books and articles on Polish music, including Karlowicz, Young Poland and the Musical Fin-de-siecle (Ashgate, 1996), Karol Szymanowski: his Life and Music (Ashgate, 1999), Szymanowski on Music: Selected Writings of Karol Szymanowski (Toccata Press, 1999), and Szymanowski’s King Roger, the opera and its origins (Toccata Press, 2015).