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  • 1. 
    Pitch is the quality of
    • A. 

      The speed of travel of sound waves

    • B. 

      Loudneess or softness of a sound

    • C. 

      Brightness or dullness of a sound

    • D. 

      Highness or lowness of a sound


  • 2. 
    The musical term for the level of strength of a sound is
    • A. 

      Dynamics

    • B. 

      Temperature

    • C. 

      Duration

    • D. 

      Pitch


  • 3. 
    Which dynamic indication is the softest?
    • A. 

      Fortissimo

    • B. 

      Pianissimo

    • C. 

      Piano

    • D. 

      Mezzo piano


  • 4. 
    Which term indicates a gradual increase in dynamic level?
    • A. 

      Diminuendo

    • B. 

      Mezzo forte

    • C. 

      Crescendo

    • D. 

      Decrescendo


  • 5. 
    What is another name for tone color?
    • A. 

      Timbre

    • B. 

      Rhythm

    • C. 

      Pitch

    • D. 

      Volume


  • 6. 
    Tone color is the musical term for the general quality of
    • A. 

      A melody

    • B. 

      A sound

    • C. 

      A performance

    • D. 

      Rhythmic combinations


  • 7. 
    Any recurring pattern of strong and weak beats is called a(n)
    • A. 

      Sforzando

    • B. 

      Parlando

    • C. 

      Beat

    • D. 

      Meter


  • 8. 
    Which grouping shows duple meter?
    • A. 

      ONE two, ONE two, ONE two, ONE two

    • B. 

      ONE two THREE four FIVE six, ONE two THREE four FIVE six

    • C. 

      ONE two three, ONE two three

    • D. 

      ONE two three four five, ONE two three four five


  • 9. 
    Which grouping shows triple meter?
    • A. 

      ONE two, ONE two, ONE two, ONE two

    • B. 

      ONE two THREE four FIVE six, ONE two THREE four FIVE six

    • C. 

      ONE two three, ONE two three

    • D. 

      ONE two three four five, ONE two three four five


  • 10. 
    Which is an example of nonmetrical music?
    • A. 

      Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag

    • B. 

      A Gregorian chant

    • C. 

      A march

    • D. 

      Popular dance music


  • 11. 
    Placement of accents away from their normal stresses in the meter results in
    • A. 

      Simple triple meter

    • B. 

      Syncopation

    • C. 

      Compound triple meter

    • D. 

      Nonmetrical music


  • 12. 
    An interval is
    • A. 

      The pitch range of an instrument or voice

    • B. 

      A segment of vibrating string on a violin, viola, cello or bass

    • C. 

      The distance or difference between two pitches

    • D. 

      The time it takes to perform one tune


  • 13. 
    The distance between two pitches that seem to duplicate each other and blend very well together is called
    • A. 

      A scale

    • B. 

      Diatonic

    • C. 

      Chromatic

    • D. 

      An octave


  • 14. 
    The set of seven pitches used in Western music is called
    • A. 

      Diatonic scale

    • B. 

      Octave

    • C. 

      Interval

    • D. 

      Chromatic scale


  • 15. 
    What do all stringed instruments have in common?
    • A. 

      The size of the instrument

    • B. 

      Range of pitches possible

    • C. 

      Sound produced by taut strings attached to a sound box

    • D. 

      Location in the orchestra


  • 16. 
    Plucking the string of a stringed instrument is called
    • A. 

      Violoncello

    • B. 

      Pizzicato

    • C. 

      Legato

    • D. 

      Counterpoint


  • 17. 
    Sound is produced on a clarinet by
    • A. 

      Plucking a string

    • B. 

      Blowing across a hole in the mouthpiece

    • C. 

      Blowing on a reed

    • D. 

      Pushing fingers on the keys


  • 18. 
    Which of these instruments is capable of playing melodies?
    • A. 

      Cymbals

    • B. 

      Xylophone

    • C. 

      Triangle

    • D. 

      Tam-tam


  • 19. 
    Though there are exceptions, music in minor mode can sometimes be described as ___, whereas that in major mode can sometimes be described as ___
    • A. 

      Happy, sad

    • B. 

      Sad, happy

    • C. 

      Dissonant, consonant

    • D. 

      Monophonic, homophonic


  • 20. 
    Moving from one key to another in the middle of a composition is called
    • A. 

      Modulation

    • B. 

      Dissonant

    • C. 

      Disjunct

    • D. 

      Counterpoint


  • 21. 
    A change in key indicates a change in
    • A. 

      Half and whole steps

    • B. 

      The location of the tonic

    • C. 

      Tone color

    • D. 

      Chords


  • 22. 
    The principle of organizing music around a central or home pitch is called
    • A. 

      Tonality

    • B. 

      Consonance

    • C. 

      Dissonance

    • D. 

      Harmony


  • 23. 
    Imitative polyphony occurs when
    • A. 

      Various musical lines are heard one after another with the same melody or similar melodies

    • B. 

      The main melody is heard in one line and the other parts have clearly less important material, forming an accompaniment to the melody

    • C. 

      All musical lines are heard simultaneously, but each has a different melody

    • D. 

      All voices or parts are heard simultaneously with the same melody


  • 24. 
    The texture that combines two or more individual melody lines simultaneously is
    • A. 

      Consonant

    • B. 

      Homophony

    • C. 

      Polyphony

    • D. 

      Monophony


  • 25. 
    When you sing in the shower the texture is most likely to be
    • A. 

      Imitative

    • B. 

      Homophonic

    • C. 

      Monophonic

    • D. 

      Polyphony


  • 26. 
    A chord that creates a sense of rest can be described as
    • A. 

      Consonant

    • B. 

      Homophonic

    • C. 

      Imitative

    • D. 

      Dissonant


  • 27. 
    A chord that sounds discordant, unstable, or in need of resolution is called
    • A. 

      A motive

    • B. 

      Nonimitative

    • C. 

      Consonant

    • D. 

      Dissonant


  • 28. 
    Musical texture is a term that refers to the
    • A. 

      Blend of sounds or melodic lines occurring simultaneously in music

    • B. 

      Relationship between the pull toward or way from the tonic in harmony

    • C. 

      Way different tone colors are combined in a piece of music

    • D. 

      Blend of rhythm, meter and pulse in music


  • 29. 
    Groupings of several pitches sounded simultaneously are referred to as
    • A. 

      Chords

    • B. 

      Chromatic scales

    • C. 

      Melodies

    • D. 

      Octaves


  • 30. 
    When a melody is accompanied with chords, the melody is
    • A. 

      Polyphonic

    • B. 

      Harmonized

    • C. 

      Dissonant

    • D. 

      Chromaticized


  • 31. 
    Most tunes have a high point. The musical term for this is
    • A. 

      Cadence

    • B. 

      Climax

    • C. 

      Modulation

    • D. 

      Theme


  • 32. 
    The moments at the end of phrases where a melody pauses or stops all together are called
    • A. 

      Cadences

    • B. 

      Climaxes

    • C. 

      Contrasts

    • D. 

      Balances


  • 33. 
    An organized series of pitches played or sung in a certain rhythm is called a
    • A. 

      Melody

    • B. 

      Phrase

    • C. 

      Tune

    • D. 

      Sequence


  • 34. 
    Most Native North American song is monophonic and
    • A. 

      Is usually accompanied by drums or rattles

    • B. 

      Uses a sobbing vibrato

    • C. 

      Is usually accompanied by a string drone instrument

    • D. 

      Is isorhythmic


  • 35. 
    The term for Hawaiian prayer songs is
    • A. 

      Mele pule

    • B. 

      Adhan

    • C. 

      Musiqi

    • D. 

      Hula


  • 36. 
    Quranic recitation is thought of as the sacred text
    • A. 

      Dancing

    • B. 

      Reading

    • C. 

      Singing

    • D. 

      Acting


  • 37. 
    Like Gregororian chant Quranic recitation is
    • A. 

      Homophonic, metric

    • B. 

      Monophonic, nonmetric

    • C. 

      Monophonic, metric

    • D. 

      Polyphonic, nonmetric


  • 38. 
    The hocket is a device that
    • A. 

      Allowed for fast interplay between voices in motets

    • B. 

      Was used in Notre Dame in the composition of sequences

    • C. 

      Assigned metrical values to plainchant

    • D. 

      Allowed for the even division between soloists and choirs in the singing of sequences


  • 39. 
    The medieval polyphonic form that resulted from the addition of texts to the upper parts while retaining the Gregorian chant in the lower part is called the
    • A. 

      Motet

    • B. 

      Mass

    • C. 

      Madrigal

    • D. 

      Estample


  • 40. 
    The earliest type of polyphony, dating from around 900 CE was
    • A. 

      Plainsong

    • B. 

      Organum

    • C. 

      The isorhythmic motet

    • D. 

      The sequence


  • 41. 
    On which musical element is the artistic effect of plainchant based most?
    • A. 

      Melody

    • B. 

      Rhythm

    • C. 

      Texture

    • D. 

      Harmony


  • 42. 
    A medieval mode is
    • A. 

      A style of melodic writing

    • B. 

      One of the services in the Divine Office

    • C. 

      One of a system of scales

    • D. 

      A musical interlude between two parts of the Mass


  • 43. 
    The medieval modes were traced back to ancient
    • A. 

      Greece

    • B. 

      Rome

    • C. 

      Egypt

    • D. 

      Israel


  • 44. 
    Which is a false characteristic of Plainchant
    • A. 

      It is monophonic

    • B. 

      It is metered

    • C. 

      It is unaccompianed

    • D. 

      It is sung in Latin


  • 45. 
    The single line melodies of the early Christian Church are known as
    • A. 

      Madrigals

    • B. 

      Chansons

    • C. 

      Plainchant

    • D. 

      Masses


  • 46. 
    A short piece of music set to a one stanza poem of a secular nature with each part sung typically by one singer and having alternating sections of homophony and polyphony is a
    • A. 

      Pavane

    • B. 

      Madrigal

    • C. 

      Motet

    • D. 

      Galliard


  • 47. 
    The style of setting words to music using rhythms that approximate human speech is called
    • A. 

      Declaration

    • B. 

      Imitative

    • C. 

      Word painting

    • D. 

      Isorhythmic


  • 48. 
    What is the device used by Renaissance composers to depict in music the words or ideas of  a text
    • A. 

      Cantus firmus

    • B. 

      Isorhythm

    • C. 

      Word painting

    • D. 

      A cappella


  • 49. 
    The preferred tone color of the high renaissance style was
    • A. 

      Voices alone

    • B. 

      Organ and voice

    • C. 

      Brass and organ with voice

    • D. 

      Stringed instruments and voice


  • 50. 
    The musical term for voices alone is
    • A. 

      Cantus

    • B. 

      Strophic

    • C. 

      A cappella

    • D. 

      Isorhythmic


  • 51. 
    The great large scale compositional challenge of the Renaissance was musical unification of
    • A. 

      The Mass

    • B. 

      The church

    • C. 

      The motet

    • D. 

      Plainchant harmonizations


  • 52. 
    The most important of the daily church services was the
    • A. 

      Office

    • B. 

      Proper

    • C. 

      Vespers

    • D. 

      Mass


  • 53. 
    In church music, a short tune sung through many stanzas of a text is a
    • A. 

      Hymn

    • B. 

      Mass

    • C. 

      Madrigal

    • D. 

      Motet


  • 54. 
    What type of piece results when all voices move in simple chord patterns
    • A. 

      Plainchant harmonization

    • B. 

      Motet

    • C. 

      Polyphonic Mass

    • D. 

      Madrigal


  • 55. 
    What was the new preferred texture of early Renaissance music
    • A. 

      Homophony

    • B. 

      Imitative polyphony

    • C. 

      Non-imitative polyphony

    • D. 

      Monophony


  • 56. 
    The process by which Renaissance composers freely embellished plainchant melodies for use in their compositions is known as
    • A. 

      Improvisation

    • B. 

      Paraphrase

    • C. 

      Harmonization

    • D. 

      Elaboration


  • 57. 
    In the early Baroque period composers subdivided choirs in order to exploit more
    • A. 

      Sonorous effects

    • B. 

      Complex textures

    • C. 

      Word painting

    • D. 

      Austere moods


  • 58. 
    The original meaning of baroque
    • A. 

      An irregularly shaped pearl

    • B. 

      Plainchant

    • C. 

      A perfectly shaped pearl

    • D. 

      A piece of music broken into several sections


  • 59. 
    The term basso continuo refers to
    • A. 

      Where the plainchant melody is paraphrased in Baroque vocal music

    • B. 

      An extended style of singing for men in the Baroque period

    • C. 

      Another term for ground bass

    • D. 

      The bass line and continuous chords of a Baroque composition


  • 60. 
    The operatic equivalent to dramatic dialogue is
    • A. 

      Recitative

    • B. 

      Aria

    • C. 

      Theme

    • D. 

      Arioso


  • 61. 
    In a recitative the rhythm
    • A. 

      Follows the meter

    • B. 

      Follows the rhythm of speech

    • C. 

      Is vague and the text is not important

    • D. 

      Is hidden by polyphony


  • 62. 
    In baroque music, what is the form i which there is a repeated bass figure with chords above which the upper lines play different melodies
    • A. 

      Ground bass

    • B. 

      Strophic

    • C. 

      Basso continuo

    • D. 

      Recitative


  • 63. 
    An aria is
    • A. 

      Used for moving the plot along

    • B. 

      The musical declamation of words in a heightened theatrical manner

    • C. 

      An extended piece for a solo singer having more musical elaboration and a steadier pulse than recitative

    • D. 

      Between recitative and ariosos in style


  • 64. 
    An aria like fragment in an opera that is neither a recitative nor an aria is
    • A. 

      Alba

    • B. 

      Arioso

    • C. 

      Recitoso

    • D. 

      Interlude


  • 65. 
    A baroque composition that treats one melody imitatively is called a
    • A. 

      Fugue

    • B. 

      Concerto

    • C. 

      Suite

    • D. 

      Recitative


  • 66. 
    Fugues were composed and improvised mainly by
    • A. 

      Virtuoso violinists

    • B. 

      Keyboard players

    • C. 

      Conductors

    • D. 

      Singers


  • 67. 
    Historians might speak of the Baroque period as the
    • A. 

      Age of Absolutism

    • B. 

      Ars nova

    • C. 

      Age of Classicism

    • D. 

      Age of Literature


  • 68. 
    Which best describes the musical depiction of emotion in the late Baroque era?
    • A. 

      Emotions were scientifically categorized and musical expression of emotion was systematized into techniques and devices

    • B. 

      A piece of music was performed differently each time; the performer expressed what he or she felt at the moment

    • C. 

      Emotional display was kept at minimum as a reaction to renaissance musical style

    • D. 

      Emotions were expressed freely and naturally


  • 69. 
    Which instrument family formed the core of the Baroque orchestra?
    • A. 

      Woodwinds

    • B. 

      Strings

    • C. 

      Brass

    • D. 

      Percussion


  • 70. 
    The standard texture of much Baroque music is
    • A. 

      Monophonic

    • B. 

      Polyphonic

    • C. 

      Homophonic

    • D. 

      Non-imitative


  • 71. 
    The numerical shorthand below the basso continuo notes indicating the content of chords to be played is called
    • A. 

      Ground bass

    • B. 

      Figured bass

    • C. 

      Ground figures

    • D. 

      Concerto grosso


  • 72. 
    The term concerto comes from the latin word concertare which indicates in the concerto grosso a
    • A. 

      Contest between soloist and orchestra

    • B. 

      Contest between a soloist and a keyboard instrument

    • C. 

      Blending of orchestral sound to avoid contrast

    • D. 

      Contest between two or more choirs


  • 73. 
    How many movement does a typical concerto have?
    • A. 

      One

    • B. 

      Two

    • C. 

      Three

    • D. 

      Four


  • 74. 
    The term for the initial orchestral melody in a concerto grosso that returns from time to time is
    • A. 

      Ritornello

    • B. 

      Episode

    • C. 

      Countersubject

    • D. 

      Subject


  • 75. 
    Ritornello form is based on
    • A. 

      Constant variation of a ground bass

    • B. 

      A periodic return of a central musical theme by the orchestra

    • C. 

      The alternation of various dance movements

    • D. 

      Persistant imitation of a single subject


  • 76. 
    A form in which a single melodic unit is repeated with successive changes to arouse the listener's interest is called
    • A. 

      Variation form

    • B. 

      Ground bass

    • C. 

      Ritornello form

    • D. 

      Imitative polyphony


  • 77. 
    The outstanding element of a fugue is
    • A. 

      Word painting

    • B. 

      Systematized imitative polyphony

    • C. 

      Variations on a ground base

    • D. 

      Basso continuo


  • 78. 
    The fugue subject line is the
    • A. 

      Main theme or melody

    • B. 

      Story or text on which the fugue is based

    • C. 

      Recurring contrasting section

    • D. 

      Melody that sometimes accompanies the theme


  • 79. 
    The section of a fugue in which all subject entires first occur is the
    • A. 

      Subject

    • B. 

      Exposition

    • C. 

      Countersubject

    • D. 

      Episode


  • 80. 
    A section of a fugue in which new contrasting material is presented is a
    • A. 

      Episode

    • B. 

      Exposition

    • C. 

      Countersubject

    • D. 

      Subject


  • 81. 
    The art of fugue was written by
    • A. 

      Johann Sebastian Bach

    • B. 

      George Frederick Handel

    • C. 

      Antonio Vivaldi

    • D. 

      Arcangelo Corelli


  • 82. 
    The most important genre in Baroque secular vocal music is
    • A. 

      The chanson

    • B. 

      Opera

    • C. 

      The madrigal

    • D. 

      The motet


  • 83. 
    The text of an opera is called the
    • A. 

      Libretto

    • B. 

      Word painting

    • C. 

      Arioso

    • D. 

      Mot


  • 84. 
    Which is true of an oratorio
    • A. 

      An oratorio is the most secular of all vocal genres

    • B. 

      An oratorio uses a chorus and soloists, as well as instrumentalists

    • C. 

      An oratorio is performed as part of a religious service

    • D. 

      Oratorios are staged with elaborate sets


  • 85. 
    Handels most famous oratorio which is frequently performed today is
    • A. 

      Water Music

    • B. 

      Rodelinda

    • C. 

      Julius Caesar

    • D. 

      Messiah


  • 86. 
    Which is true of an aria?
    • A. 

      Has coherence and musical elaboration

    • B. 

      Text phrases are not repeated

    • C. 

      Ordinally accompianied by only the continuo

    • D. 

      Used to keep the plot moving


  • 87. 
    The singing style characterized by fast runs and scales a large pitch range cadenzas and virtuostic displays of all sorts is
    • A. 

      Da capo

    • B. 

      Coloratura

    • C. 

      Arioso

    • D. 

      Oratorio


  • 88. 
    Which ruler in the classical era was known for his generous encouragement of the arts
    • A. 

      Louis XI

    • B. 

      Emperor Joseph II

    • C. 

      King John

    • D. 

      Cosimo de Medici


  • 89. 
    The classical style developed principally in
    • A. 

      Paris

    • B. 

      London

    • C. 

      Salzburg

    • D. 

      Vienna


  • 90. 
    Music during the enlightenment was meant to
    • A. 

      Glorify god

    • B. 

      Please and entertain

    • C. 

      Stir up strong emotion

    • D. 

      Enlighten the world with rational intellectual polyphony


  • 91. 
    Which is a musical innovation of 18th century western society?
    • A. 

      The public concert

    • B. 

      The opera house

    • C. 

      The oratorio

    • D. 

      The cantata


  • 92. 
    The light decorative frivolous style of art and music that developed during the mid 18th century was called
    • A. 

      Baroque

    • B. 

      Viennese classical style

    • C. 

      Rococo

    • D. 

      Salon style


  • 93. 
    In his writing rousseau attached the
    • A. 

      Operatic style of the baroque era

    • B. 

      The idea of music for entertainment

    • C. 

      Religious music of the classical era

    • D. 

      Instrumental music of the classical era


  • 94. 
    The rise of public concerts in the 18th century gave special impetus to the creation of
    • A. 

      Chamber music

    • B. 

      Orchestral music

    • C. 

      Opera

    • D. 

      Vocal music


  • 95. 
    The two descriptions applicable to most classical music are
    • A. 

      Polyphonic and artificial

    • B. 

      Ornate and intellectual pleasing

    • C. 

      Monophonic and melodically complex

    • D. 

      Full of natural simplicity and pleasing variety


  • 96. 
    The most versatile medium for classical composers was the
    • A. 

      Piano

    • B. 

      Chorus

    • C. 

      Orchestra

    • D. 

      Organ


  • 97. 
    The predominant texture of Classical music is
    • A. 

      Homophony

    • B. 

      Monophony

    • C. 

      Imitative polyphony

    • D. 

      Non-imitative polyphony


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