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  • 1. 
    The composer whose career was a model for many romantic composers was
    • A. 

      Mozart

    • B. 

      Bach

    • C. 

      Beethoven

  • 2. 
    When music conservatories were founded, women
    • A. 

      Were admitted only as vocalists or pianists

    • B. 

      were at first accepted only as students of performance, but by the late 1800's could study musical composition

    • C. 

      Were not admitted

  • 3. 
    Schubert's songs number more than
    • A. 

      50

    • B. 

      100

    • C. 

      600

  • 4. 
    Schumann's works are
    • A. 

      Intensely autobiographical

    • B. 

      Usually linked with descriptive titles, texts, or programs

    • C. 

      Essentially lyrical in nature

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 5. 
       
     
    Clara Wieck was
    • A. 

      the daughter of Schumann's piano teacher

    • B. 

      A virtuoso pianist

    • C. 

      Schumann's wife

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 6. 
    As a writer and critic, Schumann
    • A. 

      Founded and edited the "New Journal of Music"

    • B. 

      Discovered and made famous some of the leading composers of his day

    • C. 

      Wrote appreciative review of young "radical" composers like Chopin and Berlioz

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 7. 
    In the 1830s when Chopin lived in Paris, it was
    • A. 

      a center of romanticism

    • B. 

      The artistic capital of Europe

    • C. 

      The home of Victor Hugo, Honore de Balzac, and Heinrich Heine

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 8. 
    Chopin was
    • A. 

      An extroverted virtuoso

    • B. 

      Robust and flamboyant

    • C. 

      Shy and reserved

  • 9. 
    Liszt typified the romantic movement because he
    • A. 

      Had a charismatic personality

    • B. 

      Was a stupendous performer

    • C. 

      Was an innovative composer

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 10. 
    Liszt created the _____________________, a one-movement orchestral composition based to some extent on a literary or pictorial idea.
    • A. 

      Opera

    • B. 

      Symphonic poem

    • C. 

      Piano concerto

  • 11. 
    Mendelssohn is known as the man who rekindled an interest in the music of
    • A. 

      Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    • B. 

      Johann Sebastian Bach

    • C. 

      George Frideric Handel

  • 12. 
    Parisians were startled by Berlioz's Fantastic Symphony because of its
    • A. 

      Sensationally autobiographical program

    • B. 

      Amazingly novel orchestration

    • C. 

      Vivid description of the weird and diabolical

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 13. 
    Nadezhda von Meck was
    • A. 

      One of Tchaikovsky's lovers

    • B. 

      A wealthy benefactress who provided Tchaikovsky with an annuity

    • C. 

      Tchaikovsky's wife

  • 14. 
    At its premiere in 1870, Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Overture was
    • A. 

      A tremendous success

    • B. 

      A dismal failure

    • C. 

      Performed by a large orchestra, with chorus and cannon

  • 15. 
    Critics were often scandalized by the subject matter of Verdi's operas because they
    • A. 

      Commemorated the Suez canal, which was not even in Europe

    • B. 

      Were based on Shakespearean plays

    • C. 

      Seemed to condone rape, suicide, and free love

  • 16. 
    Verdi's great comic masterpiece, written when he was seventy-nine, is
    • A. 

      Il Trovatore

    • B. 

      Otello

    • C. 

      Falstaff

  • 17. 
    Verdi studied music in _____________, the city where Italy's most important opera house, La Scala, is located.
    • A. 

      New York City

    • B. 

      Venice

    • C. 

      Milan

  • 18. 
    Verdi mainly composed his operas
    • A. 

      To entertain a mass public

    • B. 

      For the Italian musical elite

    • C. 

      To glorify the singers

  • 19. 
    Puccini's opera have lasting appeal because
    • A. 

      He had a marvelous sense of theater

    • B. 

      His melodies have short, memorable phrases and are intensely emotional

    • C. 

      He minimized the difference between aria and recitative, thus created a continuous flow of music

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 20. 
    An artistic trend of the 1890s, in which operas dealt with ordinary people and true-to-life situations, was known as
    • A. 

      Cavalleria rusticana

    • B. 

      Verismo

    • C. 

      Exoticism

  • 21. 
    Wagner called his works "music dramas" rather than operas because
    • A. 

      There is a continuous musical flow within each act

    • B. 

      There are no breaks where applause can interrupt

    • C. 

      The vocal line is inspired by the rhythms and pitches of the German text

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 22. 
    A short musical idea associated with a person, object, or thought, used by Wagner in his operas, is called
    • A. 

      Leitmotif

    • B. 

      Lied

    • C. 

      Unending melody

  • 23. 
    Wagner had an opera house built to his own specifications in
    • A. 

      Weimar

    • B. 

      Miami

    • C. 

      Bayreuth

  • 24. 
    The deliberate intent to draw creative inspiration from the composer's own homeland is known as
    • A. 

      Exoticism

    • B. 

      Nationalism

    • C. 

      Verismo

  • 25. 
    The typical orchestra of the late romantic period numbered about ___________ musicians.
    • A. 

      15

    • B. 

      40

    • C. 

      100

  • 26. 
     
    Music intended to be performed before or during a play, to set the mood for scenes or highlight dramatic action, is known as
    • A. 

      Play music

    • B. 

      Incidental music

    • C. 

      Absolute music

  • 27. 
    Instrumental music which is written for its own sake, and for which the composer does not provide a program, is called
    • A. 

      Absolute music

    • B. 

      Program music

    • C. 

      Music for its own sake

  • 28. 
    Approximately, the romantic period encompassed the years
    • A. 

      1600-1750

    • B. 

      1750-1820

    • C. 

      1820-1900

  • 29. 
    Which of the following is not a characteristic of romanticism?
    • A. 

      Emotional restraint

    • B. 

      Individualism

    • C. 

      Supernaturalism

  • 30. 
    Drawing creative inspiration from cultures of lands foreign to the composer is known as
    • A. 

      Exoticism

    • B. 

      Nationalism

    • C. 

      Program music

  • 31. 
    Composers in the twentieth century drew inspiration from
    • A. 

      Folk and popular music from all cultures

    • B. 

      European art music from the Middle Ages through the 19th century

    • C. 

      The music of Asia and Africa

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 32. 
    Among the unusual playing techniques that are widely used during the twentieth century is the _____________________, a rapid slide up or down a scale.
    • A. 

      Buzz

    • B. 

      Glissando

    • C. 

      Slip

  • 33. 
    A motive or phrase that is repeated persistently at the same pitch throughout a section is called
    • A. 

      Polytonality

    • B. 

      Glissando

    • C. 

      Ostinato

  • 34. 
    In twentieth-century music
    • A. 

      String players are sometimes called on to use the wood instead of the hair on their bows

    • B. 

      Percussion instruments have become very prominent and numerous

    • C. 

      Dissonance has been emancipated

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 35. 
    Which of the following statements is NOT true?
    • A. 

      New technological advances, such as phonograph records, tape and digital recordings, radio, and television, have brought music to a larger audience than ever before.

    • B. 

      Audiences in the first half of the 20th century, as in Mozart's time, demanded and got the latest music, and concert programs consisted mainly of recent works.

    • C. 

      Nazi persecution and the onset of World War II led many composers, including Stravinsky, Bartok, Schoenberg, and Hindemith, to emigrate to the United States.

  • 36. 
    Impressionism as a movement originated in
    • A. 

      France

    • B. 

      Italy

    • C. 

      Germany

  • 37. 
    Debussy's music tends to
    • A. 

      Sound free and almost improvisational

    • B. 

      affirm the key very noticeably

    • C. 

      Have a strong rhythmic pulse

  • 38. 
    Which of the following is NOT characteristic of impressionist music?
    • A. 

      A stress on tone color

    • B. 

      A stress on atmosphere

    • C. 

      Clearly defined rhythmical patterns

  • 39. 
    Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) by Stravinsky  is an example of
    • A. 

      Neoclassicism

    • B. 

      Primitivism

    • C. 

      Serialism

  • 40. 
    Stravinsky's enormous influence on 20th century music is due to his innovations in
    • A. 

      Rhythm

    • B. 

      Harmony

    • C. 

      Tone color

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 41. 
    Expressionism is an art concerned with
    • A. 

      Depicting the beauties of nature

    • B. 

      Emotional restraint, clarity, and balance

    • C. 

      Social protest

  • 42. 
    The expressionist movement was largely centered in
    • A. 

      France

    • B. 

      Grear Britain

    • C. 

      Germany and Austria

  • 43. 
    Expressionist music stresses
    • A. 

      Harsh dissonance

    • B. 

      Fragmentation

    • C. 

      Unusual instrumental effects

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 44. 
    Bartok evolved a completely individual style that fused elements with
    • A. 

      Changes of meter and a powerful beat

    • B. 

      Twentieth-century sounds

    • C. 

      Classical forms

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 45. 
    The melodies Bartok used in most of his works are
    • A. 

      Authentic folk melodies gathered in his research

    • B. 

      Original themes that have a folk flavor

    • C. 

      Reminiscent of 19th-century symmetrical themes

  • 46. 
    During most of his lifetime, Ives's musical compositions
    • A. 

      Were enthusiastically received in public performances

    • B. 

      Were quickly published by a major firm

    • C. 

      Accumulated in the barn of his Connecticut farm

  • 47. 
    Ives's music contains elements of
    • A. 

      Revival hymns and ragtime

    • B. 

      Patriotic songs and barn dances

    • C. 

      Village bands and church choirs

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 48. 
    "Harlem Renaissance" was the name
    • A. 

      sometimes given to a flowering of African American culture during the years 1917-1935

    • B. 

      Given to a housing project in New York City's Harlem

    • C. 

      Of a city in Holland

  • 49. 
    Copland's name has become synonymous with American music because of his use of
    • A. 

      Revival hymns, cowboy songs, and other folk tunes

    • B. 

      Jazz, blues, and ragtime elements

    • C. 

      Subjects from American folklore

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 50. 
    Minimalist music is characterized by
    • A. 

      The development of musical materials through random methods

    • B. 

      Rapidly changing dynamics and textures

    • C. 

      A steady pulse, clear tonality, and insistent repetition of short melodic patterns

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