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FPA 104 Mock Final Exam A Essay Example and Guidelines In your final exam, you will be asked to identify the chords and the non-harmonic tones in a piece of music. You may also be asked to locate and name the cadences, and to work out repeated sections if applicable. The pieces selected are actual compositions rather than works designed for a music fundamentals course, and you will be graded on giving a reasonable answer rather than the answer someone at a more advanced level of musical study might give. You will also be asked to identify the metre, key and tempo of the music, and to name and define all performance indications and Italian terms in the piece (an answer key is NOT provided for performance indications and Italian terms. Finally, you will be asked to write a verbal account of the music, either in essay or in point form. You should discuss the development of the piece, showing how the mood and impact is created and then transformed by features such as rhythm, melodic contour, texture, phrasing and form, and the relationship between melody and harmony. Your discussion should start from your own personal reaction to the piece of music, which you should then relate to the various techniques the composer used to achieve the sort of effect that you felt the piece had upon you as a listener. However, please do not speculate as to an image or story the composer was trying to portray or a mood that the composer was in (e.g. this piece is about the rolling Austrian hills in the spring), as you will then be expected to defend your choice of this specific image. Here are some points about the mock final music: General mood—stately, dramatic, moving Created by: Tempo—slow and broad. This is supported by the steady pulsing of quarter notes in the bass. Metre—3/4 Key—G major. At this tempo, music can sound gloomy especially in a minor key. But in the major key it is solemn and stately rather than sad or dark. Below are detailed observations about the development of the piece. This list is quite exhaustive and more than is required from a student in an examination setting; try to make four or five distinct observations in each of the categories given.
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Melody 1) Range Starts in the middle of the range, but each phrase is higher than the last. The highest note is a G which opens the third phrase and is the climax of the fourth phrase. The melodic range is fairly wide, a perfect 11 th between the highest and lowest notes.
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