The course of Brahms's artistic and personal life was shaped by the influence of the composer
Robert Schumann and his wife Clara.
Brahms created masterpieces in all the traditional forms except
Critics were often scandalized by the subject matter of Verdi's operas because they
seemed to condone rape, suicide, and free love.
Which of the following operas is not by Verdi?
Verdi's great comic masterpiece, written when he was seventy-nine, is
Verdi studied music in _________, the city where Italy's most important opera house, La Scala, is located.
Rigoletto, the title character in Giuseppe Verdi's opera, is
a hunchbacked court jester.
Verdi's first great success, an opera with strong political overtones, was
Verdi mainly composed his operas
to entertain a mass public.
The famous aria "La donna è mobile" is taken from Verdi's opera
The soul of a Verdi opera is
expressive vocal melody.
Verdi's later operas differ from his earlier ones in that they have
less difference between aria and recitative. greater musical continuity. more imaginative orchestrations.
Puccini's operas have lasting appeal because
he had a marvelous sense of theater. his melodies have short, memorable phrases and are intensely emotional. he minimized the difference between aria and recitative, thus creating a continuous flow of music
In La Bohème, who sings the aria "Che gelida manina" ("How cold your little hand is!")?
Puccini used melodic and rhythmic elements derived from Asian music in his operas
Madame Butterfly and Turandot.
An artistic trend of the 1890s, in which operas dealt with ordinary people and true-to-life situations, was known as
Which of the following operas was not written by Puccini?
Puccini's first successful opera was
La Bohème takes place in
Mimi and Rodolfo meet for the first time in La Bohème because she has come to his door to ask for a
light for her candle.
In La Bohème, Rodolfo is a young
Which of the following operas is considered an example of verismo?
The composer who had an overwhelming influence on the young Wagner was
Ludwig van Beethoven.
Wagner called his works music dramas rather than operas because
there are no breaks where applause can interrupt.
Wagner's last opera was
The librettos to The Ring of the Nibelung were written by
A short musical idea associated with a person, object, or thought, used by Wagner in his operas, is called
Valhalla, in Wagner's Ring cycle, is
the castle of the gods.
Wagner had an opera house built to his own specifications in
Wagner's first successful opera was
Which of the following operas was not composed by Wagner?