The Baroque Period Quiz

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A music quiz on the baroque period that flourished in Europe from the early 17th century until the 1740s. Try to answer all the questions right and see if you can get the better of this engaging quiz!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which of the following was not a significant difference between renaissance music and baroque music?
    • A. 

      Renaissance - modal harmonies. Baroque - Major and minor tonalities

    • B. 

      Renaissance - instrumental genres derived from vocal genres. Baroque - many independent instrumental genres such as sinfonia and suite

    • C. 

      Renaissance - Monteverdi and Palestrina. Baroque - Handel, Purcell, Vivaldi

    • D. 

      Renaissance - Concerto solo. Baroque - Concerto grosso

  • 2. 
    Who is "the father of the fugue"?
    • A. 

      Monteverdi

    • B. 

      Torelli

    • C. 

      Handel

    • D. 

      Bach

  • 3. 
    Who is "the father of the concerto grosso?"
    • A. 

      Torelli

    • B. 

      Corelli

    • C. 

      Vivaldi

    • D. 

      Handel

  • 4. 
    How can "rhythm" be described in most baroque music?
    • A. 

      Varied

    • B. 

      Continuous

    • C. 

      Fast

  • 5. 
    During the baroque period, crescendos and decrescendos were prominent features of the music. Especially when comparing with renaissance music, where the dynamics stayed quite constant
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    Handel contrasted many of his textures between polyphonic and [...] textures.
    • A. 

      Monodic

    • B. 

      Homophonic

    • C. 

      Heterephonic

    • D. 

      Fugal

  • 7. 
    When getting a baroque piece on paper 1 it's relevant to comment on the bass accompaniment. What is the bass part of the baroque period called?
    • A. 

      Walking bass

    • B. 

      Basso continuo

    • C. 

      Harpsichord

    • D. 

      Double bass

  • 8. 
    What is probably the easiest way of telling that a piece is from the baroque period
    • A. 

      The use of small orchestra

    • B. 

      The use of clarinet as a solo instrument

    • C. 

      The use of harpsichord

    • D. 

      The use of concertino and ripieno sections

  • 9. 
    Bach was not as well-known a composer during his life time as he was a(n)
  • 10. 
    While renaissance music was largely based on cantus firmus, most baroque music was/is said to be ...
    • A. 

      Fugata

    • B. 

      Free composed

    • C. 

      Through-composed

  • 11. 
    It was common in the Baroque period that two sections of a piece could have completely contrasting moods
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    What is not true about basso continuo?
    • A. 

      It was usually performed on two instruments; harpsichord and a bass instrument (such as bassoon or cello)

    • B. 

      Continuous bass for keyboard (harpsichord) generally involved quite a lot of improvisation

    • C. 

      It regained popularity in the beginning of the Romantic period, especially through the works of Mendelssohn

  • 13. 
    "Solo song with instrumental accompaniment" Specifically, what is being defined?
    • A. 

      Motet

    • B. 

      Sonata

    • C. 

      Monody

  • 14. 
    The major/minor tonality system was established during the baroque period.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 15. 
    The fugue is based on a main theme called the [...]
  • 16. 
    The hymn tune in a lutheran cantata, which "unites" the work, and is mostly performed in four-part harmony is known as:
    • A. 

      Motif

    • B. 

      Motet

    • C. 

      Chorale

    • D. 

      Oratorio

  • 17. 
    The "Hallelujah chorus" is one of the most well-known choir pieces in the world. It was written by Handel and first performed 1742. It is part of a large-scale work called Messiah. The work is known as ...
    • A. 

      An opera

    • B. 

      A cantata

    • C. 

      An oratorio

    • D. 

      An operetta

  • 18. 
    Concerto grosso consisted of two major groups. The concertino (the soloists) and the [...] (the orchestra)
  • 19. 
    How is "binary form" signified using letters?
    • A. 

      A-B

    • B. 

      A-B-A

    • C. 

      A-A-B-B

  • 20. 
    How is "ternary form" signified using letters?
    • A. 

      A-B-A

    • B. 

      A-A-B-B-A-A

    • C. 

      A-B-C

  • 21. 
    Most baroque dances were either in the binary or in the ternary form. Which one of the following is not a baroque dance?
    • A. 

      Sarabande

    • B. 

      Allemande

    • C. 

      Gigue

    • D. 

      Kynd

  • 22. 
    If you get a piece with baroque features where there is a clear solo instrument that is accompanied by an orchestra, what would earn you musical elements/context marks?
    • A. 

      Saying that it seems to be a solo concerto

    • B. 

      Saying that it seems to be a concerto grosso

    • C. 

      Saying that it seems to be a grosso solo

  • 23. 
    "Later baroque music is characterized by vigorous, regular rhythms, if comparing with early baroque music where the music moves more freely"
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 24. 
    In a fugue, there is a section where free-derived material of the subject, answer, and countersubject is presented. This section can be likened to the development section in sonata form. So what is the "development section of the fugue" known as?
    • A. 

      The stretto

    • B. 

      The second group

    • C. 

      The episode

  • 25. 
    Which of the following facts made Handel stand out as a baroque composer?
    • A. 

      His music is exceptionally polyphonic

    • B. 

      He is the master of the concerto grosso

    • C. 

      He is the master of the fugue

    • D. 

      He music actually made him rich

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