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A Level

Simon's presentations on the A Level set works cover history, analysis (melody, harmony, tonality, structure, sonority, texture etc.), performing traditions, other useful and relevant repertoire, discussion of available recordings and of course, illustrating examples at the piano and performances of complete movements.

Also, to quote the AQA Syllabus, points of reference across all syllabus presentations include:

  • the effect of audience, time and place on how the set works were created, developed and performed 

  • how and why the music across the selected strand is different
  • how the composer’s purpose and intention for the set works is reflected in their use of musical elements 

  • relevant musical vocabulary and terminology for the set works 

  • the complex interdependencies between musical elements 

  • the sophisticated connections between music and its context.

The repertoire and syllabuses covered include:


Prescribed works in Area of Study 1: Instrumental Music of Haydn, Mozart & Beethoven

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 in A K488 (3rd movement) Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Op. 58 (1st movement)



Area of Study 2: Instrumental Music

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



Area of study 1: Western classical tradition 1650 – 1910 (compulsory) Analysis and contextual understanding – set works
 Strand C: The piano music of Chopin, Brahms and Grieg

Chopin Ballade no.2 in F Op.38 Chopin Nocturne in E minor Op.72/1 Brahms Intermezzo in A Op.118/2 Brahms Ballade in G minor Op.118/3 Grieg Norwegian March Op.54/2 Grieg Notturno Op.54/4

* Simon is also available to give masterclasses to students taking performing modules. ** Other musicians are available to join the presentation team for chamber music topics.

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MusicWeb International - 04/09/2018