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Studying Music

Amateur music-making at home was popular during the Baroque era.

True

The Baroque performance practice where musicians embellished melodies was called:

improvisation.

Of the following, which region was NOT predominantly Catholic?

northern Germany

Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of Baroque musical style?

harmonies built on the early church modes

Baroque music frequently changes mood.

False

The aria "When I am laid in earth" is unified by a descending chromatic scale ground bass.

True

The acceptance of Barbara Strozzi in intellectual and musical circles was typical for women in the Baroque era.

False

The vocal style in opera that imitates the natural inflections of speech is called:

Recitative.

The earliest operas took their plots from:

Greek mythology.

The "Hallelujah Chorus" is the climax of the Christmas section of Messiah.

False

Bach was most famous in his day as a performer on:

the organ.

The oratorio was a dramatic, staged work with elaborate scenery and costumes.

False

During his lifetime, Johann Sebastian Bach was primarily known as a great organist.

True

The Alla hornpipe movement from Water Music is characterized by:

instrumental groups exchanging motivic ideas.

Why is the music for Handel's Water Music marked by lively rhythms and catchy melodies?

It was performed outdoors on barges

What is the form of each individual movement in a suite?

binary

Water Music by Handel is best described as a:

Suite.

Antonio Vivaldi composed over two hundred concertos for solo violin.

True

The solo instrument in Spring, from The Four Seasons, is:

The violin.

The Four Seasons can be considered to be program music.

True

The accompanying group in a concerto grosso is called:

the ripieno.

A keyboard instrument in which the strings are plucked by quills is:

The harpsichord.

How many preludes and fugues are contained in the two Well-Tempered Clavier volumes?

48

A fugue is a contrapuntal composition in which a single subject is the focal point, thus unifying the work.

True

The harpsichord is different from the piano because:

it usually has two keyboards, rather than one.
its strings are plucked, rather than struck.
it is not capable of a wide dynamic range.

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