Chapter 16: Baroque Opera and Its Components

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What is the structural basis for Dido's aria?

ground bass.

An operatic song in the form A-B-A, which allows for the soloist to embellish the last section, is called a:

da capo aria.

What is the basis for Monteverdi's opera The Coronation of Poppea?

Roman History.

Barbara Strozzi was an educated musician from Baroque:

Venice.

Dido and Aeneas was first presented by:

a group of girls at a boarding school.

Strozzi's work Amor dormiglione was inspired by:

Roman mythology.

Where was Purcell employed when he wrote Dido and Aeneas?

He was a music teacher in a girls' school.

The earliest opera plots were drawn from real-life situations.

False.

Monteverdi was one of the first great composers of opera.

True.

The text of an opera is known as a:

Libretto.

The masque was an English entertainment that combined music and poetry.

True.

Why does Dido sing a lament at the end of the opera?

Aeneas left her.

The term "accompagnato," as opposed to "secco," describes a recitative in which:

The orchestra accompanies the recitative.

Which is NOT true of an overture?

It is generally played again between scenes.

Dido's aria is in two sections. Which text line begins the second section?

"Remember me, but ah, forget my fate"

The libretto for this opera is based on:

The Aeneid .

In the aria, Dido sings "Remember me, but ah, forget my fate." What was her fate?

to die.

The rejection of Italian opera is reflected in the French opera style associated with the composer Jean-Baptiste Lully.

True.

An aria in an opera is characterized by:

Tuneful and highly emotive melodies.

The most important new genre of the Baroque was:

The opera.

Purcell is considered to be the composer of England's first important opera.

True.

How does Purcell musically depict Dido's grief in this aria?

with a descending, chromatic bass line.

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