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A Level Symphony practice questions

1. Discuss how composers have explored the use of texture in their symphonies. You must refer to both set works and other relevant symphonies, from both the Classical and Romantic eras.

2. Discuss composer’s use of melody and thematic development throughout the development of the symphony. You must refer to both set works and other relevant symphonies, from both the Classical and Romantic eras.

3. How and for what was the symphony used during the years 1750-1900, and how did this contribute to its development? You must refer to both set works and other relevant symphonies, from both the Classical and Romantic eras.

4. Discuss how Beethoven influenced the development of the symphony. You must refer to both set works and other relevant symphonies, from both the Classical and Romantic eras.

5. Discuss the use of instrumentation and development of the orchestra in the period including: the decline of basso continuo, the use of brass and percussion, the increased importance of the woodwind section, and new sonorities. You must refer to both set works and other relevant symphonies, from both the Classical and Romantic eras.

6. How did the Mannheim orchestra influence the development of the orchestra and in turn the development of the symphony? You must refer to both set works and other relevant symphonies, from both the Classical and Romantic eras.

7. How did commissioned works create advances in orchestration and orchestral effects throughout the development of the symphony? You must refer to both set works and other relevant symphonies, from both the Classical and Romantic eras.

8. Discuss the use of the symphonic poem in relation to its role in the development of the symphony. You must refer to both set works and other relevant symphonies, from both the Classical and Romantic eras.

9. What do you consider to be the main developments in the symphony from the late baroque to 1900 in matters of form and structure? Discuss with reference to the two set works and other relevant works from the classical and romantic periods.

10. From 1750-1900 the symphony orchestra grew in size and instrumental colour. Discuss how this affected the development of the symphony. Discuss with reference to the two set works and other relevant works from the classical and romantic periods.

11. Discuss how nationalism influenced the development of the symphony from 1750-1900. You must refer to the two set works and other relevant works from the classical and romantic periods.

12. What do you consider to be the main developments in the symphony from the late baroque to 1900 in matters of Instrumentation and texture? Discuss with reference to the two set works and other relevant works from the classical and romantic periods.

13. How did composer's use of the orchestra change over time? You must refer to the two set works and other relevant works from the classical and romantic periods.

A Level Symphony practice questions

14. Discuss the treatment of harmony and tonality throughout the development of the symphony.

You must refer to the two set works and other relevant works from the classical and romantic periods.

15. How did dance, folk and national styles affect the development of the symphony? You must

refer to the two set works and other relevant works from the classical and romantic periods.

16. Discuss the characteristics of the early symphony and its development up until 1900. You must refer to the two set works and other relevant works from the classical and romantic periods.

17. Discuss how elements of dance music influenced the symphonic composers of the Western Classical Tradition. You must refer to both set works and other relevant symphonies, from both the Classical and Romantic eras.

18. Discuss how Haydn influenced the symphonic composers of the Western Classical Tradition. You must refer to both set works and other relevant symphonies, from both the Classical and Romantic eras.

19. How has the orchestra advanced between 1750 and 1900? You must refer to both set works and other relevant symphonies, from both the Classical and Romantic eras.

20. Discuss how structure of the symphony has changed over time. You must refer to both set works and other relevant symphonies, from both the Classical and Romantic eras.

21. How have composers written for the slow movement of a symphony? You must refer to both set works and other relevant symphonies, from both the Classical and Romantic eras.

22. Discuss how composers have made the symphony increasingly programmatic. You must refer to both set works and other relevant symphonies, from both the Classical and Romantic eras. (e.g. orchestral landscapes, descriptive music, extremes and subtleties of emotion)

23. Discuss how the composers of the Western Classical Tradition have explored tonality in their symphonies. You must refer to both set works and other relevant symphonies, from both the Classical and Romantic eras.