HSC Music 1 aural analysis - past exam questions 2001 - 2015

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Year Topic Composer Excerpt Title Concept(s) Question
2016 Pop Rick Price Bridge Building Man Structure, Tone colour 01. Describe the STRUCTURE of this excerpt with reference to the use of SOUND SOURCES.
2016 19th Century Verdi, Giuseppe Overture from La Traviata Pitch, Texture 02. Explain how PITCH relates to TEXTURE in this excerpt.
2016 World music, 20th/21st Century Jacqueline Fuentes Sinuoso Trópico D&ET, Texture 03. How are EXPRESSIVE TECHNIQUES and DURATION used in this excerpt?
2016 20th/21st Century 2Cellos Mombasa All concepts, Tension 04. Explain how TENSION is achieved in this excerpt.
2015 19th Century Bizet, Georges Farandole from L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2 Pitch, Melody 01. How is MELODIC MATERIAL used in this excerpt?
2015 Jazz Herbie Hancock It Ain't Necessarily So Texture, Unity and Contrast 02. Explain how the LAYERS OF SOUND are used in this excerpt to achieve unity and contrast.
2015 Pop Ver 1 - Dusty Springfield | Ver 2 - The White Stripes I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself All concepts, Compare 03. Compare how the CONCEPTS OF MUSIC are used in the two versions of I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself.
2015 Australian Music, 20th/21st Century The Australian Voices Kalkadunga Yurdu Interest, Tone colour, Texture 04. How are the VOICES used to create MUSICAL INTEREST in this excerpt?
2014 Pop Simply Red Fairground (Rollo and Sister Bliss Remix) Tone colour 01. How are SOUND SOURCES used in this excerpt?
2014 Music of a culture Alms for Shanti Superbol All concepts 02 - Describe the MUSICAL FEATURES of this excerpt?
2014 Film music Thomas Newman The Attack of the Hook-Handed Man All concepts, Tension 03. How is TENSION created in this excerpt?
2014 Rock, Pop The Notting Hillbillies Run Me Down Structure, Unity, Contrast 04. How does STRUCTURE contribute to both UNITY and CONTRAST in this excerpt?
2013 Rock, Pop Elana Stone Come on Over Pitch 01. Describe the use of PITCH in this excerpt.
2013 Jazz James Morrison and Swing City Fanfare Structure, Texture 02. PART A - Outline the STRUCTURE of this work.
02. PART B - How is TEXTURE developed in this work?
2013 Rock, Pop Despite My Deepest Fear Firework All concepts, Styles 03. Explore the features of the STYLES used in this excerpt.
2013 19th Century Edvard Grieg Wedding Day at Troldhaugen All concepts, Contrast 04. With specific reference to the CONCEPTS OF MUSIC, explain how contrast is achieved in this excerpt.
2012 Rock, Pop Christa Hughes and the Honky Tonk Shonks Back in Black Duration 01. Explore the use of DURATION in this excerpt.
2012 20th/21st Century Jane Aubourg Finding Frangipanis Texture 02. Identify the layers of sound in this excerpt and describe how they are used
2012 Film music Colin O'Malley Wildcat Fanfare (Drumline) All concepts, Contrast 03. How is MUSICAL INTEREST maintained in this excerpt?
2012 Film music Burkhard Dallwitz Kate and Tilly's Waltz All concepts, Contrast, Unity 04. Explain how UNITY and CONTRAST are achieved in this excerpt?
2011 Baroque Vivaldi, Antonio Autumn from the Four Seasons Op.8 Structure , All concepts 01. Describe the STRUCTURE of this excerpt with reference to the use of MUSICAL MATERIAL.
2011 Rock, 19th Century Tchaikovsky, Apocalyptica Hall of the Mountain King Contrast, Duration, All concepts 02. How is MUSICAL INTEREST achieved in this excerpt? In your response, refer to DURATION and at least ONE OTHER CONCEPT of music.
2011 Australian music, Pop Yothu Yindi Djäpana Texture, Tone colour 03. Describe the TEXTURE of this excerpt with reference to specific SOUND SOURCES.
2011 Pop Dido and Faithless One Step Too Far Unity, Contrast, All concepts 04. How are REPETITION and VARIETY achieved in this excerpt? In your answer, refer to the CONCEPTS OF MUSIC.
2010 Pop Benny Benassi, The Biz Let it Be Contrast, All concepts 01. Describe how MUSICAL INTEREST is created in this excerpt.
2010 Film music Marinelli, Dario Atonement Pitch, Duration 02. How are the concepts of PITCH and DURATION explored in this excerpt?
2010 Rock, Pop The Angels, Tourettes Take a Longline. Ver  1 - The Angels Ver 2 - Tourettes Tone colour, D&ET, Compare 03. Compare the use of both TONE COLOUR and EXPRESSIVE TECHNIQUES in the two versions of Take a Longline.
2010 20th/21st Century Bernstein, Leonard  I Feel Pretty - Oscar Peterson Trio Unity, Contrast, All concepts 04. Describe how UNITY and CONTRAST have been achieved in this excerpt.  In your answer, refer to the CONCEPTS OF MUSIC and specific examples from the excerpt.
2009 Medieval Anonymous Ductia - Ars Antiqua de Paris Tone colour, Texture 01. Part A – Identify three TONE COLOURS you hear in this excerpt. 01 Part B – Discuss how TONE COLOUR emphasises the changes in TEXTURE.
2009 Pop Mika Grace Kelly (Acoustic) Pitch, Contrast 02. Focusing on the concept of PITCH, describe how CONTRAST is achieved in this excerpt.
2009 Australian music Roach, Archie Compare Took the Children Away Ver 1 - Archie Roach Ver 2 - Archie Roach (Aus Art Orchestra) Duration, Compare 03. COMPARE the use of DURATION in the two versions of Took the Children Away.
2009 Film music, Jazz Sherman I Wanna Be Like You D&ET, All concepts, Contrast 04. With reference to EXPRESSIVE TECHNIQUES and ONE OTHER CONCEPT, describe how musical interest is achieved in this excerpt.
2008 Pop, Film music Soundtrack, Queen Somebody to Love – From Happy Feet Contrast, All concepts 01. In this excerpt, how does the composer maintain INTEREST?
2008 Traditional Paredes, Bob Bulgar Frailach – By Bob Paredes Pitch, D&ET 02. Comment on the use of PITCH, DYNAMICS and EXPRESSIVE TECHNIQUES in this excerpt.
2008 20th/21st Century Prokofiev, Sergei Dance of the Knights - Romeo and Juliet Duration, Pitch 03. Discuss the composer’s use of DURATION with reference to the THEMES and ACCOMPANIMENT in this excerpt.
2008 Jazz, Australian music Whittaker, Blaine The Messenger Structure, All concepts 04. Define the STRUCTURE of this excerpt with reference to the CONCEPTS of MUSIC.
2007 Pop Architecture in Helsinki The Owls Go Contrast, Tone colour 01. In this excerpt, how is VARIETY created through the use of TONE COLOUR?
2007 19th Century Mendelssohn, Felix Symphony No. 4 Pitch 02. Describe Mendelssohn’s use of PITCH in this excerpt.
2007 Pop, Rock Satie, Erik Variations on a Theme - Blood, Sweat and Tears Contrast, Compare, All concepts 03. Describe the differences in the musical treatment of each excerpt. Refer to the CONCEPTS of MUSIC in your answer. (It is not necessary to address all concepts.)
2007 Rock, Pop Clegg, Johnny These Days Texture 04. Identify the LAYERS of SOUND and describe how they are used in this excerpt.
2006 Pop Puretone Addicted to Bass Tone colour 01. Comment on the roles of the SOUND SOURCES in this excerpt.
2006 19th Century Lalo, Edouard Norwegian Rhapsody Texture, Duration, Contrast 02. Describe how the composer creates VARIETY through the use of TEXTURE and DURATION.
2006 Pop Sting Until - Sting and the Brodsky Quartet Pitch, All concepts 03. By referring to the CONCEPTS of MUSIC, describe the relationship between the MELODY and ACCOMPANIMENT in this excerpt.
2006 Jazz Davis, Jimmy You Are My Sunshine - James Morrison D&ET 04. How are DYNAMICS and EXPRESSIVE TECHNIQUES explored in this excerpt?
2005 Music of a culture Mestisay Danza de los Enanos Structure 01. Outline the STRUCTURE of the excerpt.
2005 Baroque Vivaldi, Antonio Concerto Opus 10 No. 1 - In F major All concepts, Unity 02. How is REPETITION used in this excerpt?
2005 20th/21st Century Xenakis, Iannis Phlegra All concepts, Tension 03. With reference to the CONCEPTS of MUSIC, describe how TENSION is created in this excerpt.
2005 Rock, Pop Zeppelin, Led Hot Dog Pitch 04. Describe the use of PITCH in this excerpt.
2004 Pop Living End, The Tainted Love Duration 01. Discuss the use of DURATION in this excerpt.
2004 Film music Zimmer, Hans Driving Structure 02. Explain the STRUCTURE of this excerpt.
2004 Pop Ben, Jorge Mas Que Nada - The Idea of North Tone colour, Contrast 03. Discuss how TONE COLOUR is used to create INTEREST in this excerpt.
2004 20th/21st Century Ives, Charles Variations on America Contrast, All concepts 04. How is CONTRAST achieved within this excerpt?
2003 Jazz Rodgers, Paul Muddy Water Blues Pitch 01. Discuss the use of PITCH in this excerpt.
2003 Traditional Traditional Tarakihi Texture 02. Identify the LAYERS of SOUND, and describe how they are used.
2003 20th/21st Century Piazolla Allende All concepts, Contrast 03. How does the composer maintain INTEREST in this excerpt?
2003 18th Century Haydn, Joseph Piano Trio No. 18 Unity, All concepts 04. Referring to the CONCEPTS of MUSIC, describe how the composer achieves UNITY in this excerpt.
2002 Renaissance Anonymous La Volta Struture 01. Describe the STRUCTURE of the excerpt.
2002 Jazz, World music, Rock Zawinal, Joe Mi Gente Tone colour 02. Explain how the PERFORMING MEDIA are used in this excerpt.
2002 Australian music Smeaton, Bruce Seven Little Australians Contrast, All conecpts 03. How is CONTRAST created in this piece?
2002 19th Century Bizet, Georges  Habanera - Filippa Giordano Pitch, D&ET 04. Describe the solo singer’s use of PITCH and EXPRESSIVE TECHNIQUES in this performance.
2001 World music, Pop Florzinha, Comadre SaPopemba All concepts 01. Describe how the CONCEPTS of MUSIC are used in this excerpt.
2001 Film music Herrmann, Bernard North by Northwest - Prelude Duration 02. Discuss the ways in which various RHYTHMS are used in this excerpt.
2001 19th Century Berlioz, Hector Te Deum All concepts, Tension 03. How are the CONCEPTS of MUSIC used to create a CLIMAX in the excerpt?
2001 Film music, Pop Mandingo Medicine Man Structure 04. Describe the STRUCTURE of the excerpt, supporting your answer with reference to other MUSICAL CONCEPTS.