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Intro To Music Final

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Dr. Yashirin's final questions.

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  • 1. 
    The ______ became the most important genre of orchestral music during the Romantic era.
    • A. 

      Symphony

    • B. 

      Concerto

    • C. 

      Overture

    • D. 

      Ballet suite

  • 2. 
    The German term for the art song is:
    • A. 

      Gesange

    • B. 

      Lied

    • C. 

      Durchkomponiert

    • D. 

      Chorale

  • 3. 
    The most important keyboard instrument of the Romantic period was:
    • A. 

      Harpsichord

    • B. 

      Piano

    • C. 

      Organ

    • D. 

      Clavichord

  • 4. 
    Which composer is know as "the poet of piano"?
    • A. 

      Schumann

    • B. 

      Chopin

    • C. 

      Berlioz

    • D. 

      Brahms

  • 5. 
    The 19th century composer whose entire compositional output center around the piano was:
    • A. 

      Brahms

    • B. 

      Liszt

    • C. 

      Chopin

    • D. 

      Berlioz

  • 6. 
    The term tempo rubato means:
    • A. 

      Borrowed time

    • B. 

      Strict tempo

    • C. 

      Accelerate

    • D. 

      Slow down

  • 7. 
    Which composer is generally considered the greatest pianist and showman of the Romantic era?
    • A. 

      Berlioz

    • B. 

      Brahms

    • C. 

      Liszt

    • D. 

      Smetana

  • 8. 
    Who was the first internationally acclaimed American composer of classical music?
    • A. 

      Louis Moreau Gottschalk

    • B. 

      Stephen Foster

    • C. 

      Amy Cheney Beach

    • D. 

      Charles Ives

  • 9. 
    Instrumental music endowed with literary, philosophical, or pictorial associations is called ______ music.
    • A. 

      Absolute

    • B. 

      Program

    • C. 

      Background

    • D. 

      Pure

  • 10. 
    The Dies Irae is:
    • A. 

      The idee fixe in Berlioz Symphony fantastique

    • B. 

      A Lied by Schubert

    • C. 

      A chant from the Mass for the Dead

    • D. 

      An opera by Berlioz

  • 11. 
    Who was the first Bohemian composer to achieve international prominence?
    • A. 

      Dvorak

    • B. 

      Smetana

    • C. 

      Janacek

    • D. 

      Glinka

  • 12. 
    Smetana's My Country is
    • A. 

      A program symphony

    • B. 

      A set of six symphonic poems

    • C. 

      A symphonic poem

    • D. 

      An opera

  • 13. 
    "The Mighty Five" were composers from
    • A. 

      Germany

    • B. 

      Bohemia

    • C. 

      Russia

    • D. 

      Scandinavia

  • 14. 
    Grieg's "Peer Gynt" is:
    • A. 

      An opera

    • B. 

      Ballet

    • C. 

      Incidental music

    • D. 

      Symphonic poem

  • 15. 
    Borodin's "Prince Igor" is
    • A. 

      Ballet

    • B. 

      Opera

    • C. 

      Orchestra suite

    • D. 

      Program symphony

  • 16. 
    Which young composer did Robert and Clara Schumann take in their home?
    • A. 

      Wagner

    • B. 

      Liszt

    • C. 

      Brahms

    • D. 

      Mendelssohn

  • 17. 
    Brahms is often described as ______, because of his use of forms of the Classical masters.
    • A. 

      Impressionist

    • B. 

      Traditionalist

    • C. 

      Nationalist

    • D. 

      Romanticist

  • 18. 
    Dvorak wrote his New World symphony while living in:
    • A. 

      Bohemia

    • B. 

      United States

    • C. 

      Spain

    • D. 

      South America

  • 19. 
    While teaching in America, Devorak developed a particular forness for:
    • A. 

      Blues

    • B. 

      Spirituals

    • C. 

      Fuging tunes

    • D. 

      Gospel music

  • 20. 
    A large-scale work in several movements for solo instrument and orchestra is called:
    • A. 

      Concert overture

    • B. 

      Symphony

    • C. 

      Concerto

    • D. 

      Suite

  • 21. 
    In the 19th century, where did serious American musicians complete their studies?
    • A. 

      American conservatory

    • B. 

      New England

    • C. 

      Europe

    • D. 

      New York

  • 22. 
    In her career, Amy Cheney Bach distinguished herself as:
    • A. 

      A concert pianist

    • B. 

      Composer

    • C. 

      Music educator

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 23. 
    Opera that featured huge choruses, elaborate dance scenes, ornate costumes and scenery, and serious historical plots is called:
    • A. 

      Grand opera

    • B. 

      Singspiel

    • C. 

      Opera buffa

    • D. 

      Opera comique

  • 24. 
    Which of the following was a widely loved nationalist opera composer?
    • A. 

      Verdi

    • B. 

      Chopin

    • C. 

      Brahms

    • D. 

      Liszt

  • 25. 
    La Scala, the famous opera house where Verdi's operas were performed, is in:
    • A. 

      Rome

    • B. 

      Venice

    • C. 

      Vienna

    • D. 

      Milan

  • 26. 
    Verdi's opera Nabucco was hugely popular in Italy because it:
    • A. 

      Was interpreted as a symbol of Italian independence

    • B. 

      Had a raunchy dance scene

    • C. 

      Contained popular tunes

    • D. 

      Was based on Roman history

  • 27. 
    Which of the following is not a well-known Verdi opera?
    • A. 

      Il trovadore

    • B. 

      Rigoletto

    • C. 

      Carmen

    • D. 

      Aida

  • 28. 
    In what language was Verdi's Rigoletto written?
    • A. 

      Italian

    • B. 

      French

    • C. 

      English

    • D. 

      German

  • 29. 
    Who was the source of Verdi's inspiration for Rigoletto?
    • A. 

      E.T.A. Hoffman

    • B. 

      Goethe

    • C. 

      Victor Hugo

    • D. 

      Boito

  • 30. 
    The ensemble that follows "La donna e mobile" in Act III of Rigoletto is a:
    • A. 

      Duet

    • B. 

      Quartet

    • C. 

      Sextet

    • D. 

      Octet

  • 31. 
    Who dies at the end of Rigoletto?
    • A. 

      Rigoletto

    • B. 

      The duke of Mantua

    • C. 

      Sparafucile

    • D. 

      Gilda

  • 32. 
    After Italian indepedence Verdi was elected to ________ and was considered a national hero
    • A. 

      Hall of fame

    • B. 

      Congress

    • C. 

      Parliament

    • D. 

      Board of directors

  • 33. 
    Verdi's Aida could be viewed as an example of exoticism as an example of ________ setting.
    • A. 

      Medieval

    • B. 

      Egyptian

    • C. 

      Japanese

    • D. 

      Turkish

  • 34. 
    Which composer has been considered to be the single most important phenomenon in the artistic life of the latter half of the 19th century?
    • A. 

      Berlioz

    • B. 

      Schubert

    • C. 

      Wagner

    • D. 

      Schumann

  • 35. 
    Wagner chose to base his stories on
    • A. 

      Dramas of historical intrigue

    • B. 

      Idealized folk legends

    • C. 

      Ancient Greek tragedies

    • D. 

      Biblical stories

  • 36. 
    Wagner's cycle of four music dramas is called
    • A. 

      Lohengrin

    • B. 

      The Ring of the Nibelung

    • C. 

      Tristan and Isolde

    • D. 

      Die Meistrersinger von Nurnberg

  • 37. 
    Wagner called his operas
    • A. 

      Tone poems

    • B. 

      Music dramas

    • C. 

      Oratorios

    • D. 

      Operettas

  • 38. 
    The principal themes in Wagner's operas, which recur throughput a work and carry specific meanings, are called
    • A. 

      Libretti

    • B. 

      Letmotifs

    • C. 

      Motives

    • D. 

      Fixed ideas

  • 39. 
    Who are the Valkiries from Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung?
    • A. 

      The nine daughters of Wotan

    • B. 

      The Nibelung dwarfs

    • C. 

      The Rhine maidens

    • D. 

      The enemies of Wotan

  • 40. 
    The story of Bizet's Carmen presents a romanticized view of ___________ culture
    • A. 

      Creole

    • B. 

      Gypsy

    • C. 

      Native American

    • D. 

      Inuit

  • 41. 
    Which of the following is the Cuban dance song that Bizet set as an aria in Carmen?
    • A. 

      Tango

    • B. 

      Habanera

    • C. 

      Bossa nova

    • D. 

      Mazurka

  • 42. 
    In her aria "Un bel di" from Madame Butterfly, Cio-cio-San sings of:
    • A. 

      Her life as a geisha

    • B. 

      Her love for her son

    • C. 

      Her wish for her husband to return

    • D. 

      Her plan to kill herself

  • 43. 
    Verismo was a late Romantic movement in opera which sought to:
    • A. 

      Return the classical ideas of form and symmetry

    • B. 

      Remove chromaticism from German styles

    • C. 

      Pick subjects from everyday life and treat them realistically

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 44. 
    Which of the following Russian composers was famous for his ballets?
    • A. 

      Tchaikovsky

    • B. 

      Cui

    • C. 

      Rimsky-Korsakov

    • D. 

      Musorgsky

  • 45. 
    The post-Romantic era lasted from approximately:
    • A. 

      1880-1900

    • B. 

      1880-1900

    • C. 

      1890-1910

    • D. 

      1900-1920

  • 46. 
    The movement that, along with post-Romanticism, ushered in the 20th century was known as:
    • A. 

      Classicism

    • B. 

      Modernism

    • C. 

      Impressionism

    • D. 

      Traditionalism

  • 47. 
    ____________ was a dynamic composer and conductor who served as director of both the Vienna Opera and the New York Philharmonic
    • A. 

      Claude Debussy

    • B. 

      Gustav Mahler

    • C. 

      Maurice Ravel

    • D. 

      Edvard Grieg

  • 48. 
    It is thought that Mahler's conversion to Catholicism was prompted primarily:
    • A. 

      To avoid anti-Semitism in Vienna

    • B. 

      From religious conviction

    • C. 

      To marry

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 49. 
    The leader of the Impressionist painters is considered to have been:
    • A. 

      August Renoir

    • B. 

      Edgar Degas

    • C. 

      Edouard Manet

    • D. 

      Claude Monet

  • 50. 
    Which of the following best describes the works of the Impressionist painters?
    • A. 

      The adhered firmly to academic traditions

    • B. 

      The hero of their paintings was man.

    • C. 

      They attempted to capture the freshness of first impressions

    • D. 

      The preferred to do their painting indoors.

  • 51. 
    Impressionism was a style cultivated principally in
    • A. 

      Paris

    • B. 

      London

    • C. 

      Berlin

    • D. 

      Rome

  • 52. 
    The post-Romantic movement in poetry that revolted against traditional modes of expression was called:
    • A. 

      Impressionism

    • B. 

      Symbolism

    • C. 

      Modernism

    • D. 

      Neo-Romanticism

  • 53. 
    Impressionism in music is best exemplified by the works of:
    • A. 

      Claude Debussy

    • B. 

      Gustav Mahler

    • C. 

      Hector Berlioz

    • D. 

      Frederick Chopin

  • 54. 
    Which of the following was NOT a characteristic of Impressionist music?
    • A. 

      Whole-tone scales

    • B. 

      Parallel chords

    • C. 

      Ninth chords

    • D. 

      Accents on the first beat of each measure

  • 55. 
    The program of Debussy's Prelude to "The Afternoon of a Faun" evokes:
    • A. 

      A nationalistic folk dance

    • B. 

      A river flowing through France

    • C. 

      A child's view of heaven

    • D. 

      A pagan landscape of a mythological creature

  • 56. 
    The artistic trends of the early 20th century can be best characterized as:
    • A. 

      A reaction against Romanticism

    • B. 

      Influenced by an earlier era

    • C. 

      Influenced by Romanticism

    • D. 

      An extension of Romantic ideals

  • 57. 
    In which country did the Expressionist movement originate?
    • A. 

      England

    • B. 

      United States

    • C. 

      Italy

    • D. 

      Germany

  • 58. 
    The early-twentieth-century style that sought to revive certain principles and forms of earlier music was:
    • A. 

      Neoclassicism

    • B. 

      Post-Romanticism

    • C. 

      Impressionism

    • D. 

      Expressionism

  • 59. 
    The melody in 12-tone music is called a
    • A. 

      Countermelody

    • B. 

      Answer

    • C. 

      Subject

    • D. 

      Tone row

  • 60. 
    The emphasis on rhythm brought the _________ section of the orchestra into greater prominence
    • A. 

      Brass

    • B. 

      Woodwind

    • C. 

      String

    • D. 

      Percussion

  • 61. 
    Of the following, which describes formalism?
    • A. 

      Formal considerations are valued over expressive ones

    • B. 

      Forms are expanded until they are no longer recognizable

    • C. 

      All forms other than sonata form are rejected

    • D. 

      The concept of form is rejected

  • 62. 
    The Rite of Spring opened in Paris 1913 to:
    • A. 

      Great critical acclaim

    • B. 

      Audience indifference

    • C. 

      Near riot after the first performance

    • D. 

      An empty theatre

  • 63. 
    Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale is a/an
    • A. 

      Opera

    • B. 

      A song cycle

    • C. 

      Ballet

    • D. 

      Symphonic poem

  • 64. 
    Which element could be considered the most innovative in The Rite of Spring?
    • A. 

      Lush harmonies

    • B. 

      Unpredictable rhythms and meters

    • C. 

      Folklike melodies

    • D. 

      Harsh orchestration

  • 65. 
    Atonality may be characterized by:
    • A. 

      The absence of any sense of a home key

    • B. 

      The abolition of the distinction between consonance and dissonance

    • C. 

      Making all 12 notes of the chromatic scale equal in the importance

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 66. 
    Schoenberg experimented with the idea of tone-color melody, or shifting each note of a melody to a different instrument. He called this:
    • A. 

      Sprechstimme

    • B. 

      Polymelody

    • C. 

      Singspiel

    • D. 

      Klangfarbenmelody

  • 67. 
    Berg's opera Wozzeck is best described as an example of
    • A. 

      Impressionism

    • B. 

      Post-Romanticism

    • C. 

      Expressionism

    • D. 

      Neoclassicism

  • 68. 
    Which was the more radical of Schoenberg's famous students?
    • A. 

      Stravinsky

    • B. 

      Webern

    • C. 

      Copland

    • D. 

      Berg

  • 69. 
    The term total serialism is most appropriately associated with the music of:
    • A. 

      Bartok

    • B. 

      Copland

    • C. 

      Berg

    • D. 

      Webern

  • 70. 
    The Hungarian composer who combined native folk music characteristics with main currents of European music was:
    • A. 

      Bartok

    • B. 

      Bloch

    • C. 

      Sibelius

    • D. 

      Albeniz

  • 71. 
    The comparative study of musics of the world is called:
    • A. 

      Musicology

    • B. 

      Ethnomusicology

    • C. 

      Ornithology

    • D. 

      Iconography

  • 72. 
    Which 19th century American composer is best remembered for his popular ballads and minstrel show tunes?
    • A. 

      W. Billings

    • B. 

      S. Foster

    • C. 

      C. Griffes

    • D. 

      C. Ives

  • 73. 
    Who is America's greatest bandmaster?
    • A. 

      S. Foster

    • B. 

      J.P. Sousa

    • C. 

      C. Ives

    • D. 

      S. Joplin

  • 74. 
    While composing in his spare time, Charles Ives made his living as a/an
    • A. 

      Church organist

    • B. 

      Conductor

    • C. 

      Insurance agent

    • D. 

      College professor

  • 75. 
    In his early years, W.G. Still was associated with which artistic movement?
    • A. 

      Harlem Renaissance

    • B. 

      Abstract expressionism

    • C. 

      Impressionism

    • D. 

      Imagism

  • 76. 
    Copland's Billy the Kid is a/an
    • A. 

      Cantata

    • B. 

      Opera

    • C. 

      Film score

    • D. 

      Ballet

  • 77. 
    Son is a Latin American term which refers to:
    • A. 

      Sound

    • B. 

      Song

    • C. 

      Traditional folk dance of Mexico

    • D. 

      Familial relationship

  • 78. 
    The tradition of mariachi music comes from which country?
    • A. 

      Cuba

    • B. 

      Brazil

    • C. 

      Mexico

    • D. 

      Argentina

  • 79. 
    What American composer is know as the king of ragtime?
    • A. 

      Sousa

    • B. 

      Joplin

    • C. 

      Strauss

    • D. 

      Armstrong

  • 80. 
    What is a bent, or "blue" note?
    • A. 

      Note that is not heard

    • B. 

      Note that is sustained

    • C. 

      Note in which the pitch rises slightly

    • D. 

      Note in which the pitch drops slightly

  • 81. 
    Scott Joplin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his opera:
    • A. 

      Treemonisha

    • B. 

      The Sting

    • C. 

      A Guest of Honor

    • D. 

      Maple Leaf Rag

  • 82. 
    What American city is considered the birthplace of jazz?
    • A. 

      New York

    • B. 

      Chicago

    • C. 

      New Orleans

    • D. 

      Los Angeles

  • 83. 
    What kind of jazz is Duke Ellington known for?
    • A. 

      Big band

    • B. 

      New Orleans

    • C. 

      Bebop

    • D. 

      Third stream

  • 84. 
    George Gershwin was one of the first white American composers to:
    • A. 

      Incorporate African American blues and jazz styles into his compositions

    • B. 

      Lead an integrated jazz band

    • C. 

      Write music for Duke Ellington's band

    • D. 

      Write for the musical theatre

  • 85. 
    What is considered to be America's unique contribution to world theatre?
    • A. 

      Operetta

    • B. 

      Pantomime

    • C. 

      Musical

    • D. 

      Ballad opera

  • 86. 
    In the 1950's serial form of music was
    • A. 

      Extinct

    • B. 

      Diluted

    • C. 

      Applied to other elements

    • D. 

      The same

  • 87. 
    A compositional style in which some details are left to chance or to the performer's choice is known as:
    • A. 

      Aleatoric music

    • B. 

      Total serialism

    • C. 

      Closed form

    • D. 

      Collage

  • 88. 
    Which does NOT characterize Messiaen's Quartet for the end of time?
    • A. 

      Religious inspiration

    • B. 

      Simple technical demands on the performers

    • C. 

      Dissonant harmonies

    • D. 

      Chant-like melodies

  • 89. 
    What compositional technique is employed in Notations?
    • A. 

      Chance

    • B. 

      Minimalism

    • C. 

      Serialism

    • D. 

      Pointillism

  • 90. 
    Who invented the prepared piano?
    • A. 

      Partch

    • B. 

      Cage

    • C. 

      Cowell

    • D. 

      Boulez

  • 91. 
    The gamelan is an important music ensemble in
    • A. 

      Turkey

    • B. 

      Uganda

    • C. 

      China

    • D. 

      Java

  • 92. 
    The works of Gyorgy Ligeti gained international fame when the were included in the soundtrack of the film:
    • A. 

      Star Wars

    • B. 

      Star Trek

    • C. 

      2010

    • D. 

      2001: A Space Odyssey

  • 93. 
    Micropolyphony is associated with the music:
    • A. 

      Elliott Carter

    • B. 

      Georgy Ligeti

    • C. 

      John Cage

    • D. 

      Henry Cowell

  • 94. 
    Bright Sheng's integration of nation styles is influenced by works of:
    • A. 

      Alban Berg

    • B. 

      Bela Bartok

    • C. 

      Maurice Ravel

    • D. 

      G. Gershwin

  • 95. 
    A raga is a starting point for music in
    • A. 

      China

    • B. 

      India

    • C. 

      Iran

    • D. 

      Japan

  • 96. 
    Music that is performed on screen and is part of the drama itself is called
    • A. 

      Underscoring

    • B. 

      Leitmotifs

    • C. 

      Tintinnabulation

    • D. 

      Source music

  • 97. 
    Of the following, what does NOT characterize the career of John Williams?
    • A. 

      Composer of TV series Gilligan's Island

    • B. 

      Conductor of concert music

    • C. 

      Composer of Jaws and Star Wars

    • D. 

      Film producer

  • 98. 
    Music made up of natural sounds that are recorded and then altered is called:
    • A. 

      Overtones

    • B. 

      Synthetic music

    • C. 

      Music concrete

    • D. 

      Electronic music

  • 99. 
    A new musical instrument developed in the second half of the 20th century that combines sound generators with sound modifiers is called:
    • A. 

      Electronic organ

    • B. 

      Computer

    • C. 

      Synthesizer

    • D. 

      Theremin

  • 100. 
    Varese composed Poeme Electronique for:
    • A. 

      United Nations

    • B. 

      World's Fair

    • C. 

      Wealthy patron

    • D. 

      Concert hall

  • 101. 
    Begin Again and Again... By Tod Machover, is scored for:
    • A. 

      Solo cello

    • B. 

      Cello and hyperconductor

    • C. 

      Solo cello and orchestrac

    • D. 

      Hypercello and computer

  • 102. 
    Music that features the repetition, with little variation, or melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic patterns is known as music:
    • A. 

      Concrete

    • B. 

      Minimalist

    • C. 

      Neo-Romantic

    • D. 

      Serial

  • 103. 
    Arvo Part's Cantate Domino is composed in his _______________ style.
    • A. 

      New Romantic

    • B. 

      12-tone

    • C. 

      Tintinnabular

    • D. 

      Expressionist

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