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Finding the perfect tone in music, art and theater

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Exam questions:

This question is based on an excerpt from Musical Offering, BWV 1079: 4b. Canon 2 a 2 violins in unison by Johann Sebastian Bach on the album Bach, JS: Musical Offering; Harpsichord Sonata No. 2, etc.. (Archive production 2000).

The score for this extract is below.

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Explain how height is used in this excerpt. In your answer, make specific reference to the score.

Student response:

This excerpt is in B minor, established by the initial ascending tonic arpeggio (B minor) in basso continuo. This key is further accentuated when violin I plays dominant → tonic in the two starting notes. In b.2, violin I plays a descending B minor scale with an A# (chromatic interest). It lands on the tonic on the trill. From b.3, the continuo part plays a chromatically descending bassline to b.7, dropping almost an octave. Violins use all their strings, so have a wide tessitura (register), the continuous bass part is in the low register. When violin II repeats the part of violin I (canon), it is in the same pitch.

Marker comments:

The response contains accurate score references. It explains a variety of pitch elements, for example, tonality and sequence. It also includes details about the structure of the land.

General Comments:

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visual arts

Exam questions:

Refer to plates 5, 6 and 7 of the booklet of plates to answer question 3.

Analyze the relationships between the audience, the work and the world in Adnate’s work.

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Student response:

Adnate’s work, as seen in plates 5, 6, and 7, explores the relationships between the audience, the artwork, and the world through his depictions of characters and individuals who relate to the location of the work, as well as their large size and impact on the public.

Plate 5 is an image from Adnate’s 2015 exhibition titled In the sun, and contains several paintings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with bright, vivid orange color detailing. The gallery in which these works were exhibited is the NandaHobbs Gallery, and the exhibit referenced Adnate’s own interest in his heritage and the importance of heritage to identity and place. The title of this work alludes to the harsh climate of Australia, particularly in remote communities, but it also refers to the search for purpose in life and the connection to identity. All of the faces of the characters in Adnate’s artwork are painted with traditional designs that symbolize a connection to the culture and importance of the sun and climate of the regions of Australia to the identity of the Aboriginal and Strait Islander peoples of Torres. The artist wishes to showcase the beauty and significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures by creating a bold and engaging exhibition for Sydney audiences.

In Plate 6, Adnate’s work in 2016 The Sheep Hills Silo is depicted, which is a very large-scale public work that uses spray paint and acrylic paint to depict individuals from the area in which the silo is positioned. The artwork is part of the Silo Art Trail series, which is over 200 kilometers long and aims to provide insight into the spirit and culture of the Wimmera Mallee in Country Victoria. The artwork depicts close-up views of people in the community against the backdrop of a countryside landscape, with stars in the sky and a sunset. This work was created by Adnate to highlight the connection between landscape, place and identity, and how this is particularly relevant to Indigenous peoples and their sense of culture. The large-scale, lifelike depiction of the work aims to impress audiences and encourage them to recognize the importance of place to identity and culture.

Similarly, in Plate 7, Adnate’s work in 2018 Wellington Street Tower, the artist depicts images of individuals who have a connection with the place in which he resides. This work is another public artwork, using bold, large-scale colors to amplify the portraits of four people who live in the building the artwork was painted on. The 20-story mural uses acrylic and spray paint to show that Australians can come from many different places around the world, choosing subjects from three different continents. The artist also wants to show the beauty and individuality of those who live in these forgotten buildings and thus create a strong impact on the public. He hopes that the public will be forced to see the importance of this place for the identity of these individuals, and the hope it gives them for the future.

These three works by Adnate explore how the audience, the artwork and the world are connected through their exploration of identity and space.

Marker comments:

This answer reveals a comprehensive understanding of the interrelationships of art world agencies. It identifies that place, identity and culture are linked through the use of symbolism, site and scale. The answer also demonstrates shrewd insight when interpreting the source material. Investigations into works of art are layered and incorporate multiple understandings of how the public interacts with works of art.

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Drama: Individual Performance Tips

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