20th Century Music History

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20th Century Quizzes & Trivia

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Expressionism originated in what county?
    • A. 

      France

    • B. 

      Germany

    • C. 

      Poland

    • D. 

      United States

  • 2. 
    Which Norwegian painter painted the expressionist work The Scream?
    • A. 

      Munch

    • B. 

      Da Vinci

    • C. 

      Monet

    • D. 

      Manet

  • 3. 
    In interrupted intermezzo, from concerto for orchestra by Bartok, the intermezzo is a theme from which country? What is it interrupted by?
    • A. 

      Hungary, A flamenco dance

    • B. 

      France, A Flamenco dance

    • C. 

      Austria, Nazi invasion

    • D. 

      Hungary, Nazi invasion

  • 4. 
    A well-known post-romantic composer was:
    • A. 

      Debussy

    • B. 

      Berg

    • C. 

      Mahler

    • D. 

      Cage

  • 5. 
    We studied a piece written in honour of Frederico Garcia Lorca. Which composer used Lorca's poetry?
    • A. 

      Webern

    • B. 

      Crumb

    • C. 

      Revueltas

    • D. 

      Berg

  • 6. 
    Stravinsky's l'Histoire du Soldat is what genre?
    • A. 

      Opera

    • B. 

      Cantata

    • C. 

      Small scale theatre work

    • D. 

      Chamber symphony

  • 7. 
    What were Stravinsky's three periods?
    • A. 

      Expressionism

    • B. 

      Nationalism

    • C. 

      Primitivism

    • D. 

      Neoclassicism

    • E. 

      Aleatoricism

    • F. 

      Serialism

  • 8. 
    Debussy strived to recreate the sound of the Javanese Gamelan.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    Schoenberg uses diatonic harmonic language in Pierrot Lunaire.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    20th century composers felt the need to appeal to the masses.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    While a prisoner in a war camp, Messaien wrote a piece called symphony for the end of time.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    Nationalism was important in the romantic era, but not in the 20th century.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    Alexander Nevsky was originally a film score. What form did Prokofiev turn it into?
  • 14. 
    Name the three Stravinsky ballets in compositional order
  • 15. 
    List the members of the Second Viennese School in alphabetical order.
  • 16. 
    What ritual is depicted in The Rite of Spring? Why did it cause an uproar?
  • 17. 
    Name 5 key trends in 20th century music.
  • 18. 
    Choose 4 of the following elements of music and give at least 3 points for how they changed during the 20th century: Melody, Tonality, Orchestration, Rhythm, Timbre, Form, Texture
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