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1. "Classical music" can be thought of as music
b. that inspires people to lead better lives
2. Why is memory so important in learning to listen to music?
c. Because we hear just an instant of music at any particular moment, we need to
remember and anticipate what preceded and might follow that instant of sound
3. The regular pulse in music is called the
c. tempo
4. Meter is the
c. pattern of the beats
5. Syncopation occurs when
d. the emphasis of the rhythm is placed where it is not expected
6. A melody is
a. any series of pitches sounded one after another
7. A theme is
b. a melodic idea that plays a unifying role in a musical work
8. Form in music refers to
d. the overall plan for the organization of the music
9. A movement in an instrumental work is
c. a large independent section
10. Forms in music are constructed around
b. organization, contrast, and variation
11. The timbre of an instrument or voice is determined by
b. the number and strength of the partials it produces
12. Approximately what proportion of a symphony orchestra consists of string
c. half – Which orchestra? Baroque, classical? Romantic or a combo?
13. The higher female voice is the
a. soprano
14. The harpsichord produces sound when
c. a quill or plectrum plucks a string
15. In electronic music "sampling" means using
d. recorded samples of the actual sounds of an instrument
Gregorian chant has no
major/minor scales
17. Many of the practices of the Christian church were adapted from
18. The Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei constitute what part of the Mass?
the Ordinary
19. The "Dies irae" is a Gregorian chant sung at
c. funerals
20. Secular music is
c. nonreligious music
21. A medieval motet was built on a phrase of Gregorian chant. That phrase was called
c. cantus firmus
22. Which statement is true of medieval motets?
d. They were based on a phrase of Gregorian chant
23. Which statement is true about Renaissance motets?
b. They are often in aba form.
24. In order to permit portions of the text to be heard more clearly, Des Prez and
Palestrina used
a. homophonic texture
25. The term a cappella indicates that the music is to be sung
d. without accompaniment
26. The Renaissance represented a rebirth of interest in and admiration of the
civilizations of
b. ancient Greece and Rome
27. The continuo part in Baroque music is
b. the nearly continuous bass line
28. The approximate dates of the Baroque period in music are
c. 1600-1750
29. A feature of recitatives is
e. All of these choices
30. An important instrument in the Baroque period
c. harpsichord
31. One of the reasons why recitatives were favored, especially for dramatic purposes,
f. All of these choices
32. Today Handel is known mostly for his
d. oratorios
33. Chorales were
b. hymns to be sung by congregations in Lutheran churches
34. Opera began when a group of noblemen
b. wished to re-create musical dramas similar to ancient Greek dramas
35. The text or words an opera is called the
b. libretto
36. An important composer of early operas was
d. Monteverdi
37. The reason for "Dido's Lament" in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas was because
d. Aeneas had to leave Carthage to found Rome
38. In the recitative from Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea, Poppea is trying to get
Nero to
d. come back to her soon
39. Which instrument was not particularly important in Baroque music?
d. piano
40. A Baroque suite is a group of
c. stylized dance works
41. The traditional means of designating instrumental music works that don't have a title
is with the letters
c. Op.
42. The instruments used in a trio sonata are
a. one violin, one cello, and a continue part
43. A concerto grosso contrasts
c. a small group of players with the rest of the orchestra
44. The initials BWV after the title of a musical composition refer to the works of which
b. Bach
45. The main theme of a fugue is called the
a. motive (exposition)
46. J.S. Bach composed six concertos, performed often today for the margrave of
e. Brandenburg
47. A toccata is
a. a free-sounding virtuoso work, usually for keyboard
48. The three main characteristics of Baroque art and music are
a. drama, intellectual content, and conciseness
49. Which is not usually included in an oratorio?
a. scenery and costumes
50. A virtuoso is
a. someone who is very skilled in performing
51. The themes in the Classical style tend to be
c. short ideas connected together
52. Which form was not used in many Classical works?
a. fugue
53. Under the patronage system a composer or artist
d. accepted employment with only one person
54. The Classical period in art and music existed at about the same time as the
c. Revolutionary War in America
55. The phrases in Classical music are often
e. in a statement/answer pattern
56. The first large section in sonata form is called the
a. exposition
57. In the development section in sonata form, the composer can
e. All of these choices
58. The recapitulation is similar to the exposition, except that the
a. first theme appears twice
59. Mozart was highly successful in composing
e. All of these choices
60. The first movement of a concerto during the Classical period was almost always
d. in A B A form
61. What city was considered the center for music during the Classical period?
d. Vienna
62. The trumpet for which Haydn composed his Trumpet Concerto had
e. a few keys
63. Haydn was very successful at composing
e. All of these choices
64. In Mozart's Don Giovanni, the statue that comes to dinner is
a. the ruler of Don Giovanni's country
65. Don Giovanni dies when
c. consumed by flames with demon voices announcing his demise
66. Don Giovanni mockingly invited the statue of the Commandant to
c. come to dinner
67. The libretto for Don G/oi/ann/was written by
c. da Pointe
68. Chamber music is
a. any work played in a small room or recital hall
69. The first movement of most chamber music works during the Classical period is in
b. theme and variations form
70. In a theme and variations, the theme
c. is played and then varied several times
71. Which is the main characteristic of chamber music?
e. It is composed for amateur players.
72. A string quartet consists of
d. two violins, a viola, and a cello
73. Beethoven's "Waldstein" Sonata^was one of his
c. 32 sonatas for piano
74. A piano sonata in the Classical period typically had
c. three movements (my sources say 3-4)
75. Beethoven's personality was influenced very much by the fact that he
c. gradually became deaf
76. Although he was born in Bonn, Germany, Beethoven spent his adult life in
d. Vienna
77. In the third movement of his Symphony No.. 5, Beethoven changed the traditional
minuet and trio to a
b. scherzo
78. The second movement of a symphony is usually
c. slow and melodious
79. The approximate dates of the Romantic period in music are
d. 1820-1900
80. The term "romance" came from
a. medieval poems about a heroic person or event in a language derived from Latin
81. An art song is a(n)
b. musical setting of a poem
82. Art songs are often called by their German name, which is
b. Lieder
83. The singer of Schubert's "Der Erlkonig" represents four characters, which are the
e. narrator, father, son, and Erl King
84. Chopin always felt strongly about his native land, which was
a. Poland
85. Important composers of piano music in the Romantic-period include
b. Chopin and Liszt
86. Program music is music that is
e. associated by the composer with a nonmusical idea
87. Berlioz created his Symphonie fantastique to vent his feelings about
a. his love for the actress Harriet Smithson
88. A feature of the fifth movement of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique is the use of
b. a quotation from a Gregorian chant
89. The term be I canto means beautiful
a. singing
90. In Verdi's aria "La donna e mobile," the Duke's complaint about women is that they
c. are temperamental and deceiving
91. The main characters in Puccini's opera La boheme are
e. Rodolfo^and Mimi
92. One translation of the title Wagner's/'Gotterdammerung is
c. "The Twilight of the Gods"
93. "Verismo" operas were about
e. heroic warriors
94. Puccini's La boheme concludes when
a. Mimi dies in Rodolfo's apartment
95. Verdi became associated with Italian nationalism because
c. the letters of his name represented "Victor Emmanuel, Rex d'ltalia"
96. Brahms was considered by some 19th century musicians to be out of date because he
c. often used the same forms as composers of the Classical period
97. How many symphonies did Brahms compose?
c. four
98. Brahms's German Requiem is so titled because
b. it uses phrases from the Bible that are in German instead of the traditional Latin text
99. Nationalism in music refers to musical works that
a. are deliberately associated by the composer with a particular country or region
100. In which country did Impressionism develop?
b. France
101. The two composers most associated with Impressionism are
e. Debussy and Ravel
102. In "Clair de lune," Debussy
e. All of these choices
103. Some twentieth-century music
e. All of these choices
104. It is difficult to describe accurately the features of twentieth-century music because
b. it was very diverse and fragmented (Could be all the above)
105. Polytonality exists when
b. two or more tonal centers are present at the same time
106. Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra is a concerto because it
d. features contrast among the various sections and groups of instruments
107. Before emigrating to the United States, Bartok's homeland was
d. Hungary
108. Britten wanted his War Requiem to convey a message of
c. peace
109. Stravinsky's Rite of Spring features
e. All of these choices
110. A landmark work in primitivism was
e. Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring
111. In Berg's opera Wozzeck, Wozzeck
c. stabs Marie because she had been unfaithful to him
112. Stravinsky's Rite of Spring was originally
a. for a ballet
113. A feature of Stravinsky's music for The Rite of Spring Is
d. effective use of irregular rhythms
114. The four forms of the row are the original row and
a. inversion, retrograde, and retrograde-inversion
115. Schoenberg and other composers who followed him were also very interested in
b. unusual harmonies
116. The main proponent of chance (aleatory) music was
d. John Cage
117. In electronic music sounds can
e. All of these choices
118. Musique concrete is
e. None of these choices
119. A pioneer composer of electronic music was
a. John Cage
120. Charles Ives made his living from
c. the insurance business
121. Which composer composed nationalistic America music?
b. Aaron Copland
122. What American song did Copland include in Appalachian Spring?
a. "Simple Gifts"