Repertoire Unlocked

Explore and uncover the building blocks of orchestral repertoire with our illuminating videos and written resources

The films on this page delve into pieces on Music GCSE and A Level syllabuses in depth, with analysis and historical context relevant to exam learning or wider musical study. Written activities can be used in class, for independent learning or revision. 

Purcell's 'Music for a While' and Handel's 'Rejoice Greatly'

This video explores two Baroque songs on the Edexcel Music GCSE syllabus: Henry Purcell's 'Music for a While' (set work) and George Frideric Handel's 'Rejoice Greatly' from Messiah (suggested wider listening). Presenter Rachel Leach talks through the musical features of each song and wider historical context. Musical examples and full performances are given by soprano Fflur Wyn and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with 'Rejoice Greatly' conducted by Tim Murray. 

Explore more: Purcell's Music for a While

W. A. Mozart – Clarinet Concerto, third movement: Rondo

In this video Rachel Leach presents an analysis of this movement, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. This piece appears on the AQA GCSE Music syllabus. Accompanying written material and online quizzes are available below.

Explore more: Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, third movement

Joseph Haydn – Symphony No. 101 'The Clock', second movement

In this video Rachel Leach presents an analysis of this movement, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. This piece appears on the AQA GCSE Music syllabus. Accompanying written material and online quizzes are available below.

Explore more: Haydn’s 'Clock' Symphony

W. A. Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, third movement: Minuet and Trio

In this video Rachel Leach presents an analysis of this movement, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. This piece is on the WJEC/Eduqas GCSE Music syllabus. Accompanying written material and online quizzes are available below.

Explore more: Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

  • • Download our pdf for Analysis and Questions about Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, third movement, including quick and in depth questions to test your knowledge of the piece
  • • Check your answers to the quick questions by downloading our answer sheet (pdf)
  • • Try an online version of our quick questions with Kahoot! Test your knowledge

Film music – Star Wars and Psycho

In this playlist, film composer and academic Dr Vasco Hexel explores the background and context the film scores for Star Wars (John Williams, Edexcel GCSE set work, videos 1 and 2 in the playlist) and Psycho (Bernard Herrmann, Edexcel A Level set work - videos 3 and 4).

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