The Musical Quiz Of The Romantic Era

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The romantic era is known for the passion that people had for each other and how they expressed it. In this era there were artists whose music still has the power to melt hearts through a serenade or an orchestra. Test your knowledge of the period by taking this Musical Quiz of the Romantic Era.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The approximate time period for the Romantic period is

    • A.

      1800-1880

    • B.

      1820-1900

    • C.

      1840-1920

    Correct Answer
    B. 1820-1900
    Explanation
    The approximate time period for the Romantic period is 1820-1900. This period in history was characterized by a focus on emotion, individualism, and imagination in art, literature, and music. It was a reaction against the rationality and restraint of the Enlightenment era. Romanticism was prominent in Europe and America during the 19th century, and it influenced various artistic movements and genres, such as Romantic poetry, landscape painting, and symphonic music. The given answer falls within this time frame and aligns with the historical context of the Romantic period.

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  • 2. 

    During the beginning of the romantic period and the mid-romantic period, polyphony was the predominent texture, but this was to change towards the end of the romantic period, when homophony dominated.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    It was basically the other way around

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  • 3. 

    During the classical period, there were basically three big names: Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Sometimes Schubert is also counted, but mostly because of his style (he was not active before the beginning of the Romantic period). During the Romantic period there were crazy many composers that are very well-known today. Of the following, who was not a romantic composer?

    • A.

      J. Sibelius

    • B.

      E. Grieg

    • C.

      G. Ligeti

    • D.

      C. Debussy

    Correct Answer
    C. G. Ligeti
    Explanation
    Debussy, among others marked the transition from the Romantic period to the 20th century period. Ligeti is entirely 20th century.

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  • 4. 

    Which genre connects the following romantic composers? Wagner, Verdi, Puccini, Rossini

    Correct Answer
    opera
    Explanation
    The correct answer is opera. Opera is a genre that connects these romantic composers, as they are all known for their contributions to the world of opera. Wagner, Verdi, Puccini, and Rossini are renowned for their operatic compositions, which have had a significant impact on the development and popularity of opera as an art form during the romantic period.

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  • 5. 

    Romantic melodies are generally conjunct

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Disjunct melodies are much more associated with romantic period music.

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  • 6. 

    The romantic period was the golden age of music written for solo piano

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    During the romantic period, which spanned from the late 18th to the early 19th century, there was a significant increase in the popularity and importance of the piano as a solo instrument. Composers such as Chopin, Liszt, and Schumann emerged during this time and wrote numerous solo piano compositions, showcasing the expressive and virtuosic capabilities of the instrument. The piano became a central focus of musical composition and performance, leading to the belief that the romantic period was indeed the golden age of music written for solo piano.

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  • 7. 

    Which composer is often considered the epitome of Romantic music, known for his passionate and emotional compositions?

    Correct Answer
    Ludwig van Beethoven
    Explanation
    Ludwig van Beethoven is frequently cited as a pivotal figure in the transition from the Classical to the Romantic era in music. His compositions, particularly from his middle and late periods, embody the Romantic emphasis on emotion, individualism, and expressiveness, marking a significant evolution in the musical landscape.

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  • 8. 

    Chromaticism, varied rhythms, large leaps, and expressive dynamics, are all features of Romantic music.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Chromaticism, varied rhythms, large leaps, and expressive dynamics are all characteristics commonly found in Romantic music. The Romantic era, which spanned from the late 18th to the early 20th century, was known for its emphasis on individual expression, intense emotions, and dramatic musical gestures. Composers of this period often used chromaticism to create rich harmonies and evoke a sense of tension and longing. Varied rhythms, large leaps, and expressive dynamics were used to add depth and intensity to the music, allowing composers to convey a wide range of emotions and moods. Therefore, the statement that these features are all part of Romantic music is true.

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  • 9. 

    The orchestras during the Romantic period got bigger, and also some new instruments were introduced. Which one of the following instruments was not introduced during the Romantic period?

    • A.

      Tuba

    • B.

      English horn

    • C.

      Piccolo flute

    • D.

      Oboe

    Correct Answer
    D. Oboe
    Explanation
    The oboe was developed in France during the Baroque period.

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  • 10. 

    Some composers are completely associated with their home countries, due to their use of musical ideas or motifs present in their countries' folk/traditional music. Of the following, who is not considered to be a nationalistic composer.

    • A.

      Hugo Alfvén

    • B.

      Bedrich Smetana

    • C.

      Mikhail Glinka

    • D.

      Giacomo Puccini

    Correct Answer
    D. Giacomo Puccini
    Explanation
    Puccini incorporated a vast range of musical influences, including Southeast-Asian music, into his works, and is therefore not considered a nationalistic composer.

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  • 11. 

    "The five" was a circle of Russian romantic composers with the common goal of producing a specifically Russian kind of art music. However, Tchaikovsky was in fact not a member.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Russian five: M. Balakirev, N. Rimsky-Korsakov, C. Cui, M. Mussorgsky, A. Borodin

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  • 12. 

    What is music associated with a story, poem, idea or scene called?

    Correct Answer
    programme music
    program music
    Explanation
    Programme music, also known as program music, refers to a type of music that is composed to depict or evoke a specific story, poem, idea, or scene. It is often instrumental and aims to convey a narrative or imagery through the use of musical techniques such as tone painting and descriptive titles. Programme music allows composers to express emotions and tell a story without relying on lyrics or words.

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  • 13. 

    The French composer Bizet set his opera Carmen in Spain, and used influences from Spanish music. Italian composer Puccini set his opera Madama Butterfly in Japan, and incorporated folk music from there. This can almost be seen as the opposite of nationalism, and is known by a specific name, which?

    • A.

      Anti-nationalism

    • B.

      Importism

    • C.

      Exoticism

    Correct Answer
    C. Exoticism
    Explanation
    The correct answer is exoticism. Exoticism refers to the practice of incorporating elements from foreign cultures into artistic works. In the context of the question, both Bizet and Puccini used music and themes from different countries to create a sense of exoticism in their operas. This technique allows composers to explore and portray different cultures, adding diversity and intrigue to their compositions.

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  • 14. 

    How do you write out an "fff"

    • A.

      Forte forte forte

    • B.

      Forte fortissimo

    • C.

      Fortississimo

    Correct Answer
    B. Forte fortissimo
    Explanation
    Although some musicians use (C) it's not very common

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  • 15. 

    A German romantic art song written for piano is known as ...

    Correct Answer
    lieder , Lieder
    Explanation
    ("lieder" is plural)

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  • 16. 

    Which one of the following is not a type of program music?

    • A.

      Song cycle

    • B.

      Concert overture

    • C.

      Symphonic poem

    • D.

      Incidental music

    Correct Answer
    A. Song cycle
    Explanation
    A song cycle is a collection of songs that are thematically connected, often telling a story or exploring a specific theme. While it is a musical composition, it is not considered a type of programme music. Programme music is instrumental music that is intended to evoke or depict a specific non-musical idea, such as a story, scene, or emotion. In contrast, a song cycle focuses on the lyrics and vocal performance, rather than the instrumental composition or programmatic elements. Therefore, a song cycle is not a type of programme music.

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  • 17. 

    When it comes to song structures, many romantic songs are through-composed, but in many works the same melody is repeated in every stanza, like carols/hymns. This song structure is [...]

    Correct Answer
    strophic
    Explanation
    In strophic song structure, the same melody is repeated in every stanza. This is commonly seen in carols and hymns, where the verses are sung to the same music. This structure allows for easy memorization and sing-along, making it popular for religious and festive songs. The repetition of the melody also helps to create a sense of familiarity and unity throughout the song. Overall, strophic structure provides a simple and effective way to convey the message of the song.

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  • 18. 

    The slight holding back or pressing forward of a tempo - the rubato - was common during the Romantic period

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    During the Romantic period, it was common for musicians to use rubato, which refers to the slight holding back or pressing forward of the tempo. This technique allowed for more expressive and emotional performances, as it allowed the musicians to add their own interpretation and phrasing to the music. Therefore, the statement that rubato was common during the Romantic period is true.

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