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While playing the basso continuo, musicians in the Baroque era improvised on the figured bass.


The group of early Baroque writers, artists, and musicians whose aim was to resurrect the musical drama of ancient Greece was known as:

The Florentine Camerata.

John Milton's Paradise Lost is an epic poem expressing the views of:


The Baroque era was an age of political freedom and democracy.


In Baroque instrumental music, each piece (or movement) reflected a single mood, or affection.


A highly emotional song in an opera is called:

an aria.

The da capo aria is a set form and would have no improvisation.


The greatest native-born English composer of the Baroque was:

Henry Purcell.

Dido sings her famous lament in Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas just prior to:

Killing herself.

The role of the chorus was especially important in the oratorio.


The sacred cantata was an integral part of the:

Lutheran Church Service

George Frideric Handel was considered a master of:

the oratorio.

Johann Sebastian Bach lived a short, unhappy life and had no children.


Of the following, which is NOT a major difference between Baroque and modern violins?

the general shape of the instrument

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


Of the following wind instruments, which was not made of wood?


Who was the court composer to Louis XIV that was central to the development of French opera?

Jean-Baptiste Lully

Who was the greatest and most prolific Italian composer of concertos?


Which of the following is a well-known set of concertos by Vivaldi?

The Four Seasons.

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

The violin.

Which of the following does NOT characterize Vivaldi's The Four Seasons?

The concertos avoid ritornello form.

The __________ is a keyboard form based on the principle of voices imitating each other.


John Gay's The Beggar's Opera is best described as:

a ballad or dialogue opera.

What is the principal element of a fugue?


A great French clavecinist and Rococo composer of the mid-eighteenth century was:

François Couperin.

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