Fortissimo! is a key stage 4 music course to fit the initiatives of the national curriculum with performing, composing, listening and appraising being an integral part. The material in the Fortissimo! Student's Book covers a wide variety of music from the 13th century to the 1990s and offers the chance to study musical styles and instruments from a variety of cultures. At regular intervals throughout the book, there are double-page colour spreads displaying fascinating visual stimulus material to spark off original ideas for composing and improvising.
Contents: World Map. 1. Rhythm; 2. Shaping melodies; 3. Timbre; 4. Tempo and dynamics - expressive effects; 5. Major, Minor, and pentatonic; 6. Music with a drone; 7. Chords and chord patterns; 8. Graphic notation; 9. Ternary form; 10 .Using ostinatos; 11. Some musical devices; 12. Mood and character; 13. Texture; 14. Rondo form; 15. Programme music; 16. Timbre - new sound, new colours; 17. Words and music; 18. Making comparisons; 19. Rhythm; 20. Chords and clusters; 21. Music as background to words; 22. Tension and release; 23. More musical devices; 24. Variations; 25. Chromatic, whole-tone and modal; 26. Timbre - exploring the voice; 27. Making use of physical space; 28. Tonal and atonal; 29. Chance and choice - aleatory music; 30. Mixed media, and the theatre element.