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The new pre-Classical "sensitive" style, which saw the first stirrings of Romanticism, was called:
In addition to composing music, Hildegard of Bingen is known for:
Visions that foretold the future, founding her own convent, and writing religious poetry.
The solo concerto is:
An instrumental work, usually in three movements, that features one performer supported by an accompanying group of instruments.
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.
The fixed melody used as a basis for elaborate polyphonic writing in the Renaissance was called:
A cantus firmus.
Which composer responded to the reforms of the Council of Trent in an exemplary fashion?
Which two instruments would most likely have played the basso continuo in the Baroque era?
Cello and harpsichord.
The Baroque period witnessed a new style of music, which featured a single vocal melody with accompaniment. This was known as:
The expressive device used by Renaissance composers to pictorialize words musically is called:
Which early Renaissance composer exerted a powerful influence on generations of composers who followed?
The instrumental form based on the contrast of two dissimilar masses of sound is called:
------ was born in Germany and studied in Italy, but spent much of his creative life in England.
The first era of Western music in which instrumental music was as important as vocal music was the:
Which of the following is a set of forty eight preludes and fugues by Bach?
The Well-Tempered Clavier.
Which best describes the lyrical melodies of the Classical period?
Conjunct, diatonic, and singable.
All of the following were new opera types that sought to reflect simplicity and real human emotions EXCEPT:
The dreamy first movement of the Moonlight Sonata features:
A singing melody, an accompaniment with arpreggios, and a strophic-like form.
The final section of a sonata-allegro movement, which rounds it off with vigorious closing cadence, is:
A typical feature of a concerto is a free solo passage without orchestral accompaniment called:
Which character in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro is best described as a young, innocent man who is in love with love?
What is unusual about Beethoven's Symphony No. 5?
There is no break between the third and fourth movements.
How did Haydn's Surprise Symphony earn its nickame?
A surprise loud chord is played in the slow movement.
Which composer rebelled against the patronage system and struggeled to achieve financial independence?
In sonata-allgro form, the section that features the most tension and drama through modulation and motivic interplay is called:
Which best describes the form of the first movement of Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik?
Which of the following genres does NOT usually follow the general structure of a multimovement cycle?
Mozart's compositions are often listed by their K numbers, which refer to:
The man who first cataloged his works.
Of the following, which form would be found most likely as the last movement of a Classical sonata or symphony?
Rapid-fire, talky singing whose primary function is to advance the plot in an opera is called:
Which three characters sing the terzetta, or trio, in Act I of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro?
The Count, Basilio, and Susanna.
How did comic opera differ from opera seria?
It was sung in the vernacular, it presented down-to-earth plots, and it featured ensemble as well as solo singing.
Which of the following is a common characteristic of the second movement of a multimovement cycle?
A slow tempo, theme and variations form, and new key.
Music for a small ensemble of two to about ten players with one player to a part is called:
The three main sections of sonata-allegro form are the exposition, development, and:
Which Western orchestral instrument, or instruments, derive from Turkish military bands?
Triangles, cymbals, and bass drums.
The early Classical symphony was characterized by quickly ascending themes with a strong rhythmic drive. These are known as:
Beethoven suffered perhaps the most traumatic of all maladies for a musician. What was it?
The late Romantic Italian opera tradition was characterized by a movement toward realism called:
Who was the first internationally acclaimed American composer of classical music?
Louis Moreau Gottschalk.
Which of the following does NOT characterize the music for Act III, scene 1 of Die Walkure?
Subordinate orchestral role.
Which of the following women organized concerts featuring music by her brother?
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel.
Robert Schumann's wife, Clara, was:
The daughter of his piano teacher, one fo the foremost pianists of her day, and the inspiration for A Poet's Love.
Which best describes the inspiration for Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique?
The actress Harriet Smithson.
Which best describes the style of the third movement of Brahm's Symphony No. 3?
A melancholic waltz.
Of the following, which does NOT describe orchestras of the nineteenth century?
The size of orchestras decreased, making for more compact ensembles.
Which is true of Schubert's Erlking?
It is the masterpiece of his youth, it is based on the legend that whoever is touched by the kind of the elves must die, and it presents four characters who are differentiated in the music.
Instrumental music endowed with literary, philosophical, or pictoral associations is called:
Tchaikovsky's fanciful ballet about a child's Christmas gift and dreams of exotic people and places is:
Opera that featured huge choruses, elaborate dance scenes, ornate costumes and scenery, and serious historical plots is called:
What scene is depicted in Smetana's The Moldau?
A peasant wedding, nymphs in the moonlight, and patriotic castles.
Which composer has been considered to be the single most important phenomenon in the artistic life to the latter half of the nineteenth century?
A song structure that is composed from beginning to end without repetition of whole sections is called:
Brahms wrote no symphonies until he was past the age of forty, in part because he was in awe of the symphonies of:
In Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, the idee fixe:
Symbolizes the beloved, recures by virtue of the literary program, and unifies the five movements, which are diverse in character and mood.
Romantic composers sought to make the instruments sing. This statement best describes the element of:
In her aria "Un Bel Di" from Madame Butterfly, Cio-Cio-San sings of:
Her wish for her husband to return.
A twentieth-century style that combined elements of Classical and Baroque music with modernist trends.
Total abandonment of tonality (centering in a key). Atonal music moves from one level of dissonance to another, without areas of relaxation.
Compositional procedure of the twentieth century based on the use of all twelve chromatic tones (in a tone row) without a central tone, or tonic, according to prescribed rules.
An arrangement of the twelve chromatic tones that serves as the basis of the a twelve-tone composition.
A vocal style in which the melody is spoken at approximate pitches rather than sung on exact pitches; developed by Arnold Schoenberg.
Comparative study of musics of the world, with a focus on the cultural context of music.
A slight drop of pitch on the third, fifth, or seventh note of the scale, common in blues and jazz. Also "bent pitch."
A jazz style that sets syllables without meaning (vocables) to an improvised vocal line.
Who was the main Impressionist composer we studied and what nationality was he?
Claude Debussy; France.
What is the program, or story, behind Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun?
The text describes a faun, a mythological creature of the forest that is half man, half goat. This "simple sensuous passionate being" awakes in the woods and tries to remember: was he visited by three lovely nymphs, or was this but a dream? He will never know. The sun is warm, the earth fragrant. He curls himself up and falls into a wine-drugged sleep.
Which 20th century Russian composer had three periods of composition and also wrote The Rite of Spring?
What happened at the premiere of The Rite of Spring in Paris, 1913?
The revolutionary score touched off a near riot.
What 20th century Hungarian composer combined folk music elements with European classical style?
Who was John Phillip Sousa, i.e. what was he famous for?
America's greatest band master who conducted the U.S. Marine Band from 1880-1892 and later formed the Sousa's Band. Known as "the March King".
What happens to Billy at the end of Billy the Kid?
Billy is tracked down and killed by his childhood friend Sheriff Pat Garrett.
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