QUOTE(Invidia @ Apr 5 2012, 01:54 PM)
QUOTE(ansatz496 @ Apr 5 2012, 01:35 PM)
I'm curious as to why you think it might not be helpful for ABRSM aural tests?
Perhaps because some would focus more on the "I know this piece, therefore I'm going to try and recall everything about it" than the actual questions/things that would be easier to just listen and pick out than try and recall?
Exactly so. When I prepared pupils for these tests I always encouraged pupils to cite their evidence before plunging in with any deduction, and I think that the innocent ear is more likely to hear individual features if you're not immediately focused on having recognised a familiar piece of music.
QUOTE(KTViola @ Apr 5 2012, 02:20 PM)
This reminds me of my husband's GCSE music experience:
'What period of music do you think this might be from'
'I think it is from the baroque period'
'Suggest a possible composer'
'Give reasons for your answer'
'Because it is the third movement of his 4th Brandenburg concerto'.
He's a literal sort of chap...
My nerdiest moment came in a university interview - we were asked to do some deduction from scores. I was shown one excerpt, and identified it as a piece by Webern. Asked how I knew I had to admit I recognised the edition number at the bottom of the page. Some you strike lucky...