from the syllabus .... direct link The musical material selected for these grades is of a more demanding nature. The number of keys and time signatures which may be used is increased. Melodic and rhythmic material is more complex. Indications of dynamics, articulation, phrasing and ornamentation will be a more regular feature of the music, and a wider variety or type will be used. The repertoice of scales and arpeggios is expanded in number, and includes more taxing examples. The duration of pieces is approximately 2 - 3 minutes. Musicality is an increasingly important element of assessment in relation to technical accomplishment and expectations of communication are higher. Weightings Technical Work: 15% Performance: 60% Discussion: 7% Sight Reading: 10% Aural Tests: 8%
Candidates may be asked to Grade 1 & 2 Name all basic notational elements Explain why this piece is liked. Describe the mood or character using simple descriptive words. Grade 3 Identify intervals by number up to 5th Describe the mood and character using descriptive terminology. Identify contrasts of mood within pieces. Discuss pictorial or descriptive element in the music.
"Tre giorni son che Nina in letto senesta" (often called "Nina" or the "Siciliana") is an 18th Century song traditionally attributed to Pergolesi, but now more often to Vincenzo Ciampi (1719–1762). The song was one of the "Arie antiche" favourites of 19th Century salons associated with Alessandro Parisotti, and in the 20th Century was recorded by Enrico Caruso, Richard Tucker as well as more recently, attributed to Ciampi, by Alfredo Kraus and Ramon Vargas. The attribution to Pergolesi may have come from the mistaken assumption that the song is based on an aria sung about Nina in Pergolesi's Lo frate 'nnamorato. (from Wikkipedia ) The sung version is