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Music App

What is form?

Organization of music in time

What determines the pitch of a sound?

The highness or lowness of a sound

The saxophone is a member of which musical instrument family?


What is meter?

The basic framework of rhythm

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, what did composers use when they wanted to write a work that conveyed an upbeat, happy message?

Major Mode/Major Scale

What is texture the greatest source of?

Contrast and variety

What do voices and most orchestra instruments have in common?

can only sing or play one pitch at a time

What does form organize the musical elements in?


What do Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Don Giovanni and Beethoven's Fifth Symphony have in common?

True classics

What was the challenge for madrigal composer?

integrate words and music - to have the music enhance the message of the words

What was Purcell position at Westminster Abby?

the organist at Westminster Abbey and the Chapel Royal

What happened with opera during the middle of the seventeenth century?

opera became a business

Describe Jesuit missionaries roles in music

explored the Great Lakes Regions during the seventeenth Century

Describe the musical setting of "Barbara Allen".

emotionally divorced from the lyric,conveying no sense of the tragedies told in the stanzas

What was the composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, financial status at the time of his death?

died penniless in part because he spent his money as fast as it came in

What is a suite?

a collection of dances linked by key and sometimes melodic material

Where did J.S. Bach spend most of his life working

as a music minister for Lutheran churches

What was a major difference between the music of Bach and Vivaldi?

Bach was more expansive

How long did it take Handel completed the entire oratorio Messiah ?

three weeks

What was the tune for "Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser" written by Franz Joseph Haydn used for?

later became the Protestant hymn, "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken" and also the national anthems of Austria and Germany

Who were two of Billing's friends?

Paul Revere and Samuel Adams

By 1750, what instrument had the piano had almost completely supplanted as the keyboard instrument of choice?


What main feature distinguishes the piano from the harpsichord?

The ability to control dynamic level through touch

Like the string quartet, the symphony had how many movements?


At the turn of the century, who led one of the most popular concert bands?

John Philip Sousa

What did the revolutionary qualities in Beethoven's music show?

set it apart from the music of other composers.

What is different about the opening of Beethoven's Fifth-Symphony?

motive, melody

In "Old Folks at Home," what new song style did Foster create?

the plantation song

What was the name of the former slave ship captain who wrote "Amazing Grace"?

John Newton

How did Robert Schumann's playing career end?

he injured two fingers on his right hand

Who was one of the first important composers to produce a large quantity of dance music for piano?

Franz Shudert

What was the range of styles Tchaikovsky composed music in?

Symphony, opera, ballet, instrumental, chamber and song

Who did the "Empress of the Blues," Bessie Smith, become the darling of?

Became the "darling" of New York sophisticates during the 1920s

Who did most of Stravinsky's training in composition came

Nikplai Rimsky-Korsakov

From the 1890's through the 1920's, what was one of the most popular concert bands in the United States?

Sousa's New Marine Band

Describe the concert setting of African-American spiritual.

His aim was to provide a classical style setting for melodies without suppressing their distinctly African American quality.

What university did Charles Ives attend


After being turned away from signing at Constitution Hall, where did Marian Anderson sing before a crowd of 75,000 people ?

Lincoln Memorial

How did George Gershwin begin his musical career?

As a song plunger someone who played music for prospective buyers

What style of music is swing an essence part of?


In the 1920s and 1930s what happened as soon as a song from a musical became a hit?

numerous artists would record it

Where Anton Webern obtained a well-rounded musical education?

University of Vienna

Why did Nadia Boulanger not accept George Gershwin as a student?

she felt he had already found his compositional voice

What did Cliburn's victory in the piano division of the first International Tchaikovsky Competition came at the height of?

Cold War

Who did Cage had studied with during the mid-1930's mostly in classes, but also privately on a few occasions?


What is the title of the Gershwin's opera that is a mix of classical and popular music?

Porgy and Bess

In West Side Story, what did the two families represent?

street gangs, the Sharks and the Jets

What is the defining feature of rock?

insistent rhythm that moves twice as fast as the beat

What was the most far-reaching Latin/American fusion?


What is the role of music in film involves viewing the film and determining or "spotting"?

those scenes where music will enhance the onscreen events

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