Student Guide to Composition for Edexcel GCSE: Western Classical Music 1600-1899

Student Guide to Composition for Edexcel GCSE: Western Classical Music 1600-1899

A detailed, wide-ranging guide for students composing or arranging within the Western Classical Music 1600–1899 Area of Study. Introduces key composers and defining features of Baroque, Classical and Romantic music, and offers a wealth of ideas for composing in each genre.

Topics include:

  • Melody writing and development
  • Rhythmic motifs
  • Accompaniment styles
  • Instrumentation
  • Suitable forms

+ much more!


  • Explains essential concepts and techniques – and gives advice on applying theoretical knowledge, with practice exercises and sample answers
  • A variety of inspirational examples, with accompanying audio on CD to enhance understanding
  • Links to the assessment criteria throughout

Tailored to the Edexcel specification, including clear guidance on scoring, submission and assessment, but also useful for anyone composing in a Western Classical style.

“Really helps students develop an understanding of composing… It relates clearly to the marking criteria and the Area of Study. I liked the methodical way that each area of composition is discussed and developed with practical exercises for students to complete… Students are given scope to develop their skills through either Baroque, Classical or Romantic music, and they develop a strong understanding of the main features of each era. This also relates back to the listening paper.” – D Neville, HoD and Independent Reviewer

Price is £69 — Includes photocopiable master with site licence; electronic copies available. Orders are normally dispatched in 2-5 working days.
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