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The approximate dtes of the Baroque period are:


The text of an opera is called:

the libretto

The compositional technique in which the music vividly mirrored the words is called:

word painting

In opera, a vocal style that imitates speech and is set freely to a sparse accompaniment is called:


A drama that is sung is called:

an opera

The orchestral introduction heard at the beginning of an opera is called:

an overture

George Frideric Handel was considered a master of:

the oratorio

Which does NOT characterize an oratorio?

elaborate scenery

The chorale is a type of hymn tune created by:

Martin Luther

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

the organ

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

killing herself

Late in life, Handel turned his efforts from the opera to:

the oratorio

The famous choral climax in Part 2 of Handel's Messiah is:

"Hallelujah Chorus"

Which of the following is Handel's most famous oratorio, frequently performed today?


Handel's Messiah is:

an oratorio

An important instrumental form of the Baroque, based on opposition between a small group of instruments and a large group, was:

the concerto grosso

Which was NOT an important keyboard instrument in the Baroque era?

the piano

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

the harpsichord

The harpsichord is different from the piano because:

it has two keyboards, its strings are plucked, and it is not capable of a wide dynamic range.

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

Italian comic opera was:

opera buffa

The artificially created male soprano or alto who dominated opera was known as

the castrato

The element of Baroque music that reflected composers' interest in faraway lands is:


The earliest operas took their plots from:

Greek mythology

Of the following, which is NOT a major work by Bach?


The stories for oratorios are generally drawn from:

the Bible

A solo song with instrument accompaniment is called:


The writer of the text of an opera is called the:


Which of the following composition did Handel NOT write:

The Four Seasons

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