How is "verismo" different from "realistic opera"?
e. Aside from the term, there is no difference.
2. What is rarely seen in realistic opera?
d. a happy ending
3 Which artist or author did not reflect the traits of realism in his or her work?
c. Jane Austen
4 Which composition is the first important realistic opera?
e. Bizet, Carmen
5 In which opera does the soprano live into a happy old age with her lover?
e. Are you kidding? This is Romantic opera; they all die.
6 What is "flamenco"?
a. A genre of Spanish song and dance, with guitar accompaniment, that originated in southern-most Spain and exhibits non-Western, possibly Arab-influenced, scales.
7 Which composer wrote verismo operas?
8. In which country did the habanera originate? (Clue: The name is similar to that of the country's capital city.)
9 Which statement about Puccini's La bohème is wrong?
b. Puccini adapted Wagner's principles of Gesamtkunstwerk in writing this opera.
10 Which answer correctly describes the type of scale sung by the soprano in the listening example?
c. a chromatic scale
11 Bizet spent his short life entirely in Paris, and his masterpiece, now probably the world's most popular opera, was a flop because Parisian audiences thought the subject matter too degrading; ninety days after the premiere he suffered a fatal heart attack.
12 Which statement about Puccini is wrong?
a. During the middle years of his career he traveled throughout Europe, residing in Paris whenever he was not supervising a production of one of his operas.
13 Identify the incorrect statement about Carmen.
d. Bizet based his famous Habanera on a well-known tango melody.
1.Musical nationalism was expressed through:
e. All of these.
2.What did NOT typically convey national color in music?
major and minor scales
3.Which country was the first to develop its own national style of art music that was distinct from European tradition?
4.The traditions of ________ orchestral music dominated instrumental composition during the nineteenth century.
5.Who was the most original composer of the Russian Five?
6.What is the purpose of the "Promenade" theme in Pictures at an Exhibition?
e.All of these.
7.What is a pentatonic scale?
a five-note scale
8.Identify the statement that does NOT apply to Musorgsky.
c.A freelance violist and organist, he earned money by played in dance bands and opera orchestras while composing almost continuously
9. The English horn solo in the Largo (second movement) of Antonín Dvorák's ninth symphony, "From the New World," is built around a pentatonic scale.
10. Identify the statement about Dvorák that is WRONG.
c. he began teaching in his father's school, but found the profession so tedious and demanding that he quit, devoting his time entirely to music
1. What type of music did Johannes Brahms compose?
c. absolute music
2. Identify the correct definition of "absolute music."
b. Instrumental music free of a text or any pre-existing program.
3. Identify the phrase that does NOT apply to the biography of Brahms?
d. Because he was less than five feet tall and his poor eyesight required that he wear glasses, he was excused from military service.
4. Which statement about Brahms is INCORRECT?
a. Because a wealthy, music-loving widow granted him a steady income he was able to travel extensively in Europe and America.
5. Identify the statement about Brahms that is WRONG.
e. Because of his career as a conductor he was only able to compose during the summer months.
6. Which statement does NOT apply to Mahler?
a. Born into a wealthy family living in Berlin, Germany, his parents hired an orchestra for him to conduct weekly concerts in their home.
7. Which statement does NOT describe Mahler's music?
a. While he could write beautiful Romantic melodies, he emphasized contrapuntal development of themes.
8. Brahms is considered the last in the line of great German symphony composers.
9. Identify the INCORRECT statement about Mahler.
e. The intense experience of rejected love provided the stimulus for his most famous composition; he wrote a program that attempted to explain the meaning of the music.
10. Which composer was considered the heir to the symphonic tradition of Beethoven?
11. Mahler's Fourth Symphony is the only instance in which Mahler chose to incorporate vocal music into
his symphonies. False
This refrain demonstrates Brahms's use of which technical "trick" for a violinist?
c. double stops
Identify the response that best describes the melodic character of Impressionist music.
a. Chromatic, whole-tone, and pentatonic melodies often twist and turn rapidly
2Which answer accurately describes the harmonic style of Impressionism?
c. Triad is extended to form seventh and ninth chords, and these frequently move in parallel motion.
3The rhythmic style of Impressionist music is best described as:
d. usually free and flexible with irregular accents, often making it difficult to determine the meter.
4Which trait best describes the color (timbre) of Impressionist music?
a. Greater emphasis on woodwinds and brasses and less on the violins as primary carriers of melody.
5Which response most accurately describes the texture of Impressionist music?
a. Orchestral sound can vary from thin and airy to heavy and dense, while the sustaining pedal of the piano often creates a wash of sound.
6Identify the statement that describes the manner in which Impressionist composers treated form.
a. Traditional forms involving clear-cut repetitions rarely used and composers try to develop a form unique and particular to each new musical work.
7Identify the group of Impressionist composers.
c. Debussy, Ravel, Fauré
8Which genre was not prominent during the Impressionist period?