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Sleeve Note Area of Study 1: Instrumental Music Topic 1: Composing expressively Composition brief 1 Many stories and cartoons feature toys coming to life in the night while children are asleep. Compose a piece to suggest such a scenario using instrumental timbres of your choice (acoustic and/or synthesised) and other musical elements such as texture, harmony, melody and rhythm, to create variety and atmosphere. The toys could be, for example, dolls and puppets, mechanical toys, monsters, or toys based on science fiction. Complete a sleeve note for your composition by answering the following three questions. This must be handwritten. You must refer to works that you have found helpful when composing your piece in Section A. Some or all of these works may come from the New Anthology of Music. I would suggest printing your score out so you can annotate your work! 1. Explain and comment on form and structure, indicating in particular how repetition and contrast are balanced. 2. Mention four other features of interest. You can refer to any two or more of the following: • • • • • rhythm melodic development texture handling of instrument(s) and/or voice(s) harmony. 3. Refer to pieces from the New Anthology of Music and/or elsewhere, to explain how other pieces of music have influenced you in your composition. Suggestions of pieces you may want to listen to on Youtube or Spotify (I can give you a link to my playlist if you have Spotify) to help with task 3. You may need to do a bit of research on the composer to give so you know which period/genre the piece was written in (if you can’t tell from listening!!). Think about the instruments used, any structures, tonality, timbres, melodies etc: Mozart – Toy Symphony (Allegro, Menuetto, Finale). Debussy – Jimbo’s Lullaby, Serenade for the doll, The little Shepherd, Golliwog’s cakewalk, Randy Newman (Toy Story Composer) – You’ve Got a Friend In Me, The Cleaner, Al’s Toy Barn (this is great piece), Jessie And the Round Up Gang. Chick Corea - 20 Children’s Songs Alan Menken – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – Prologue (gives ideas for fantasy). Any of the songs used on Bagpuss The Flumps Theme Tune Magic Roundabout Theme Tune Paul J Smith, Leigh Harline – Disney’s Pinocchio – The Blue Fairy, Turn on The Old Music Box, John Williams – Flying Theme from E.T Victor Herbert – Babes in Toyland: March of The Toys. Jerry Goldsmith- taken from the film Small Soldiers – Assembly Line, Alan and Archer, Roll Call, Prepare for Assault, Branded, Special Design, I’m scared, Trust me, Off to Gordon. Trevor Jones (and various Artists) – taken from the film Labyrinth with David Bowie – Into The Labyrinth, Magic Dance, Sarah, Chilly Down, Hallucination, As The World Falls Down, The Goblin Battle, Within You, Home At Last. Tchaikovsky – Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell – Shrek – Fairytale. Murray Gold – Doctor Who Music – All the Strange Creatures, Martha’s Theme, Drowning Dry, The Carrionites Swarm, Gridlocked Cassinis, Boe, Evolution of the Daleks, My Angel Put the Devil In Me etc.