20th Century Music

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1. 

Who did the earliest scientific study of folk music?

 

Janacek

 
2. 

Who did t he most extensive study of Eastern Music

 

Kodaly

 
3. 

WHo achieved the most complete synthesis of folk idioms and art music?

 

Bartok

 
4. 

What was Bartok's most important non-operatic work

 

Cantata Profana

 
5. 

What composer made signifigant contributions to music education

 

Kodaly

 
6. 

What popular work by Kodaly is a Singspeil and an orchestra suit

 

Hary Janos

 
7. 

A vital part of Orff's education curriculum is what?

 

Improvisation

 
8. 

What was Orff's most famous work?

 

Carmina Burana

 
9. 

What was the most important influence on Vaughan William's Music

 

English Heritage

 
10. 

What compositional technique was a trafdemark of Vaughn Williams music?

 

downward curve of melody

 
11. 

What popular work by Kodaly is a Singspiel and an Orchestra Suite?

 

Hary Janos

 
12. 

A vital part of Orff’s education curriculum is what?

 

Improvisation

 
13. 

What is Orff’s most famous work?

 

Carmina Burana

 
14. 

What was the most important influence on Vaughan Williams’ music?

 

English heritage

 
15. 

What compositional technique was a trademark of Vaughan Williams’ music?

 

downward curve of melody

 
16. 

For what type of English music did Vaughan Williams lay the groundwork?

 

English opera

 
17. 

In what area were Britten’s principle contributions?

 

solo songs, choral works, and operas

 
18. 

What is Britten’s best-known opera?

 

Peter Grimes

 
19. 

Which Russian composer followed the Soviet regulations regarding the function of art music and was the least innovative?

 

Khachaturian

 
20. 

Which Russian composer foreshadowed the Neoclassic movement by writing a Classic Symphony?

 

Prokofiev

 
21. 

What are the significant characteristics of Bartoks music?

 

elements of Magyar folk music, driving rhythms, ostinato, and tone clusters.

 
22. 

Who were two members of the Second Viennese School?

 

Schoenberg and Webern

 
23. 

Whose symphonies were his greatest contribution to the music of the mid-twentieth century?

 

Shostakovich

 
24. 

What were the two main factors that generated the development of dodecaphony?

 

1. the increasingly abundant use of dissonances in Post-Romantic music. 2. greater interest in and an ever-increasing use of linear counterpoint.

 
25. 

Who was the main developer of serialism?

 

Schoenberg

 
26. 

Who was the main developer of serialism?

 

Schoenberg

 
27. 

What was Schoenberg’s first distinctive post-Romantic style work?

 

Verklarte Nacht

 
28. 

Erwartung and Die gluckiche Hand are from which of Schoenberg’s style period?

 

2nd – Dissonant pantonal Expressionistic works

 
29. 

In which composition did Schoenberg first realize the possibilities of the 12-tone system?

 

Suite fur Klavier

 
30. 

When did the neoclassic movement begin?

 

near the end of World War I

 
31. 

Who were the chief exponents of Neoclassic music?

 

Stravinsky and Hindemith

 
32. 

Who was the least prolific composer of Les Six?

 

Auric

 
33. 

What were Auric’s most important musical contributions?

 

stage and theater works

 
34. 

The bulk of Honegger’s music was what type?

 

stage and dramatic work

 
35. 

Poulenc was a master of what type of music?

 

melodie

 
36. 

What are the significant characteristics of Milhauds music?

 

objective, characterized by lyrical melodies, formal clarity, skillful use of counterpoint, and bitonality or polytonality

 
37. 

What is Hindemiths book on the philosophy of music?

 

A Composers World

 
38. 

What was Hindemiths basic philosophy of music?

 

music must be understood

 
39. 

What was Hindemiths operatic masterpiece?

 

Mathis der Maler

 
40. 

What is the main feature of Le sacre du printemps?

 

rhythm

 
41. 

What was a forerunner of Stravinsky’s Neoclassic period?

 

Pulcinella

 
42. 

Who was one of the most influential composition teachers of the 20th century?

 

Boulanger

 
43. 

Who was the most outstanding American-born composer between the world wars?

 

Copland

 
44. 

Blues entered the American concert hall in what piece?

 

Rhapsody in Blue

 
45. 

Who was one of the pioneers in compiling and publishing folk songs for children?

 

Seeger

 
46. 

Who included his musical signature in many of his works?

 

Shostakovich

 
47. 

What 12-tone composer wrote short, condensed works?

 

Webern

 
48. 

One person unfolds the entire drama in what?

 

monodrama

 
49. 

One person unfolds the entire drama in what?

 

monodrama

 
50. 

In 1965, who built the first voltage-controlled synthesizers?

 

Moog

 
51. 

What was the fist musical composition that had the score produced by a computer?

 

Illiac Suite for String Quartet

 
52. 

What non-serial work of Messiaen influenced many of his serialist students?

 

Mode de valeurs

 
53. 

Who was the chief exponent of serialism in France during the 1940s?

 

Messiaen

 
54. 

What treatment is the most unusual characteristic of Messiaens music?

 

rhythm

 
55. 

What influenced the melodies of Messiaen?

 

Chant and Folk song

 
56. 

What are characteristics of Messian’s music?

 

plainsong and liturgical references, birdsongs, color-chords, and rhythmic precision

 
57. 

Who used the term Musique Concrete as a term to describe taped compositions?

 

Schaeffer

 
58. 

Who prepared musique concrete for the movie Astrologie?

 

Henry

 
59. 

What is Boulez’s best-known and probably most expressive composition?

 

Le marteau sans maitre

 
60. 

Who contributed the technique of chord manipulation to serialism?

 

Boulez

 
61. 

Who decried Schoenbergs failure to develop serialism, and affirmed Webern the leader?

 

Boulez

 
62. 

What German composer was the early leader in the developments in electronic music?

 

Eimert

 
63. 

Who composed Vier Stucke, a composition created from purely synthetic sounds?

 

Eimert

 
64. 

Who wrote Studie II, the first electronic composition to be published in score?

 

Stockhausen

 
65. 

Who combined the use of space and the human voice in the electronic composition Gesang der Junglinge?

 

Stockhausen

 
66. 

What was Stockhausen’s first composition to be based on a specific melodic formula?

 

Mantra

 
67. 

Who influenced Varese in during 1920-1930?

 

Debussy

 
68. 

What was the earliest composition created on tape and who composed it?

 

Deserts by Varese

 
69. 

Who located the idea of combinatoriality in Schoenberg’s work and developed it in his own?

 

Babbitt

 
70. 

What piece by Babbit is the first real example of rhythmic serialization?

 

Three Compositions for Piano

 
71. 

Who used numbed sequences to determine the structure of rhythm in his String Quartet in Four Part ans Concerto?

 

Cage

 
72. 

Whose works have been highly influential in regard to indeterminancy in music?

 

Cage

 
73. 

What are characteristics of Ligeti’s music?

 

clusters and clouds

 
74. 

Who was the first composer to use minimalism in music?

 

Young

 
75. 

Who are the principle exponents of minimalist music?

 

Riley and Glass

 
76. 

Who were the leading Neoromantic composers in America?

 

Tredici, Adams, Zwilich, Tower

 
77. 

What is white noise?

 

All possible frequencies sounding simultaneously

 
78. 

In Spain, who was the pioneer in the return to consonant harmonic music?

 

Roig-Francoli

 
79. 

What was the title of John Coriglianos second opera, commissioned by the New York Met and then premiered in 1991?

 

The Ghosts of Versailles

 
80. 

Who composed the series of operas based on Genesis, entitled Licht?

 

Stockhausen

 
81. 

Eurhythmics

 

the science of harmonious body movements

 
82. 

Dodecaphony

 

term synonymous with 12-tone music

 
83. 

Expressionism

 

the effort to convey the artist’s inner feelings rather than to represent external reality

 
84. 

Atonality

 

the total absence of any center of key tonality

 
85. 

Pantonality

 

the presence of all tonal centers

 
86. 

Klangfarbenmelodie

 

a melody created not simply by successive pitches but by changing instrumental timbre

 
87. 

Sprechstimme

 

speech-song

 
88. 

Pointillism

 

athematic music constructed from isolated notes often highlighted by different timbres

 
89. 

Neoclassicism

 

revival of the classical style

 
90. 

Gebrachsmusik

 

music for use

 
91. 

Total Serialism

 

he application of the rules of serial composition to all possible musical parameters

 
92. 

Musique Concrete

 

sounds were from natural sources created directly on tape

 
93. 

Prepared Piano

 

placement of foreign objects among the piano stings to create unusual sounds and new timbres

 
94. 

Minimalism

 

music that is characterized by repetition of short figures, tonal harmony, slow harmonic rhythm, and more or less regular pulsation

 
95. 

Primitivism

 

music, costumes, and scenery depicting primitive life

 
96. 

What are the significant characteristics of Prokofiev’s music?

 

1. Nationalism is present but is mingled with Classic and Modern features. 2. He used traditional forms and was adept at motivic development. 3.His music is tonal, with lyrical but angular melodies, strong motor rhythm, and sudden modulations to unexpected keys. 4. Bosso ostinato occurs frequently. 5. The instrumental writing is idiomatic. 6. Fuller sonority is achieved by having dissimilar instruments double the passage. 7. Symphonies include piano and harp.

 
97. 

How did Berg and Webern utilize tone rows?

 

Berg did not adhere to a single row for an entire composition; often he combined tonal and non-tonal elements in a work. Webern strictly adhered to serial principles, used one row per movement, and wrote highly ordered counterpoint that was concentrated in extremely compressed forms.

 
98. 

What are the significant characteristics of Schoenberg’s music?

 

1. melodies contain wide leaps 2. the use of small motifs 3. the absence of vigorous propelling rhythms 4. emphasis on counterpoint 5. a penchant for constantly changing tone colors

 
99. 

What are the significant characteristics of Berg’s music?

 

1. use of scales that are largely whole-tone 2. prolongation of a passage by melodic expansion of an interval 3. combining atonality with traditional forms 4. suggesting tonality in what is actually atonality

 
100. 

How did Stravinsky use rhythm?

 

He based rhythms on the constancy of a minimum value and used multiples of that, making whatever adjustments were necessary in meter signatures and bar line placements.

 
101. 

What are the techniques of unity that underline the diversity of Stravinsky’s style?

 

1. he never completely abandoned key tonality 2. he worked with opposing tonal poles 3. he used modality, bitonality, polytonality, and dodecaphonic techniques 4. rhythm is his most important feature

 
102. 

Who played a decisive roll in the development of music in Mexico during the second quarter of the 20th century?

 

Chavez

 
103. 

What is the philosophy of expressionistic composition?

 

A composer sought to express inner feelings and created atonal/pantonal works in which the music is abstract and intense and traditional harmony and formal patterns are distorted or ignored.

 
104. 

What are the characteristics of Neoromantic music?

 

More emphasis on melody and on tonality (tonality unlike that of the 19th century). 1. the 1st and 5th scale degree no longer possess the tonal pull 2. chordlike appreciations of pitches form harmonies that succeed one another without the feeling that functional relationships exist between them. 3. pieces are written without designation of a “key tonality,” but tonal centers appear within the work and movement from one tonal center to another is achieved without the traditional processes of modulation.

 
105. 

What are the four main points of Hindemith’s compositional philosophy?

 

1. music must be understood as a communication between the composer and consumer of the music 2. a composer must be a performing musician and must have acquired familiarity with instruments through participation in ensembles 3. key tonality is unavoidable 4. endorsed the theory expressed in the writings of Plato, Ptolemy, Boethius, and other ancient and medieval philosophers that the principles of order governing the acoustical ratios of musical intervals and the order within a musical composition symbolize and reflect the principles that govern the universe

 
106. 

How did Berg’s treatment of 12-tone differed from Schoenberg and Webern?

 

1. used dodecaphonic and nondodecaphonic episodes in the same work 2. frequently supported a tone row with harmony in or suggesting a key 3. sometimes used different rows in the same work and even in the same movement 4. used retrograde and retrograde inversions of a row only in palindromes 5. usually wrote lyrical music

 
107. 

What are the two principle factors that generated the move toward the 12-tone system?

 

1. the increasingly abundant use of dissonances in post-Romantic music 2. greater interest in and an ever-increasing use of linear counterpoint.

 
108. 

What are four versions of the tone row used in the formation of the 12-tone matrix?

 

1. original row 2. retrograde 3. inversion 4. retrograde inversion