Baroque Music

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Baroque music. An exam test essay thingy for my stupid class that sucks and im spending more time doing this quiz than actually studying!


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  • 1. 
    One of the most revolutionary periods in music history was the...
    • A. 

      Renaissance

    • B. 

      Early Baroque

    • C. 

      Middle Baroque

    • D. 

      Late Baroque

  • 2. 
    The early baroque was characterized by...
    • A. 

      Elaborate counterpoint

    • B. 

      Homophonic texture

    • C. 

      Development of the standardized orchestra

    • D. 

      Diffusion of the style into every corner of europe

  • 3. 
    A popular keyboard instrument in which sound was produced by means of brass blades striking the strings was the...
    • A. 

      Clavichord

    • B. 

      Harpsichord

    • C. 

      Organ

    • D. 

      Basso continuo

  • 4. 
    Affections in baroque usage refers to...
    • A. 

      The nobility's manner of deportment

    • B. 

      The doctrine of universal brotherhood

    • C. 

      Terraced dynamics

    • D. 

      Emotional states or moods of music

  • 5. 
    In the baroque period the ordinary citizens opportunities for hearing music usually came from the...
    • A. 

      Court

    • B. 

      Church

    • C. 

      Concert hall

    • D. 

      Corner tavern

  • 6. 
    In italy music schools were often connected with...
    • A. 

      Orphanages

    • B. 

      Courts of the nobility

    • C. 

      Public schools

    • D. 

      Universities

  • 7. 
    The music director of a court in the baroque period...
    • A. 

      Supervised and directed the musical performances

    • B. 

      Composed much of the music required

    • C. 

      Was responsible for the discipline of the other musicians

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 8. 
    A large court during the baroque period might employ about____performers...
    • A. 

      18

    • B. 

      24

    • C. 

      80

    • D. 

      120

  • 9. 
    The tempo markings of the movements of a concerto grosso are usually______,_______, and _______.
  • 10. 
    The large group of players in a concerto grosso is known as the__________.
  • 11. 
    The first and last movements of the concerto grosso are often in_______ form.
  • 12. 
    Presentation of a subject from right to left, or beginning with the last note and proceeding backward to the first is __________.
  • 13. 
    Main theme of a fugue is ________.
  • 14. 
    Imitation of a subject before it is completed is ________.
  • 15. 
    Subject of a fugue presented in the dominant is _______.
  • 16. 
    Presentation of a subject in lengthened time values is_____
  • 17. 
    Presentation of a subject in shortened time values is __________.
  • 18. 
    Melodic idea that constantly accompanies the subject of a fugue is ________.
  • 19. 
    Turning the subject of a fugue upside down, or reversing the direction of each interval is _______.
  • 20. 
    Single tone, usually in the bass, that is held while the other voices produce a series of changing harmonies against it is _________.
  • 21. 
    Transitional sections of a fugue that offer either new material or fragments of the subject or countersubject
  • 22. 
    Play, set to music and sung to orchestral accompaniment, with scenery, costumes and action is ________.
  • 23. 
    Singer with a low range who usually takes comic roles is _______.
  • 24. 
    Musical number for two solo voices with orchestral accompaniment is _____.
  • 25. 
    Singer with a very low range, and powerful voice, who usually takes roles calling for great dignity is ________.
  • 26. 
    Vocal line that imitates the rhythms and pitch fluctuations of speech is _________.
  • 27. 
    Person who beats time, indicates expression, cues in musicians, and controls the balance among instruments and voices is __________.
  • 28. 
    People on the opera stage who do not sing, but carry spears, fill out crowds, drink wine, or do other things that add to the operas effect is _________.
  • 29. 
    Text, or book, of a musical dramatic work is _______.
  • 30. 
    Operatic number in which three or more lead singers are involved is __________.
  • 31. 
    Orchestral composition performed before the curtain rises on a dramatic work is ________.
  • 32. 
    Person who gives cues and reminds singers of words or pitches if they momentarily lose their place is ___________.
  • 33. 
    Members of the camerata wanted to create a new vocal style based on the,
    • A. 

      Music of the ancient greek tragedies

    • B. 

      Glories of their aristocratic patrons

    • C. 

      Organum of the middle ages

    • D. 

      Polyphonic madrigal

  • 34. 
    Typical baroque operatic form was the da capo aria in ABA form in which the singer,
    • A. 

      Would make a literal repetition of the opening A section after the B section

    • B. 

      Was expected to embellish the returning melody with ornamental tones

    • C. 

      Would insert recitatives between the sections for added variety

    • D. 

      Improvise new words for the returning A section

  • 35. 
    The first opera house in europe to offer entry to anyone with the price of admission opened in 1637 in,
    • A. 

      Hamburg

    • B. 

      London

    • C. 

      Rome

    • D. 

      Venice

  • 36. 
    The members of the camerata wanted the vocal line of their music to follow,
    • A. 

      Standard rules of musical theory

    • B. 

      The rythms and pitch fluctuations of speech

    • C. 

      The lines of contrapuntal writing

    • D. 

      Set metrical and melodic patterns

  • 37. 
    Speechlike melody accompanied only by a basso continuo is called,
    • A. 

      Secco recitative

    • B. 

      Accompanied recitative

    • C. 

      Castrato

    • D. 

      Basso ostinato

  • 38. 
    Embellishments are,
    • A. 

      Ornamental tones not printed in the music that seventeenth and eighteenth century performers were expected to add to the melody

    • B. 

      Music created at the same time it is performed

    • C. 

      Notes printed in the music that embellish the melody

    • D. 

      Obsolete in contemporary performances

  • 39. 
    Monteverdi spent the greater part of his career in the most important church post in italy, that of
    • A. 

      Notre dame, paris

    • B. 

      The duomo, florence

    • C. 

      St. marks, venice

    • D. 

      The vatican, rome

  • 40. 
    To achieve intensity of expression, monteverdi used________ with unprecedented freedom and daring.
    • A. 

      Consonance

    • B. 

      Dissonance

    • C. 

      Basso continuo

    • D. 

      Texts

  • 41. 
    • A. 

      Monteverdis orfeo, written in 1607, is considered to be the earliest operatic masterpiece

    • B. 

      All twelve of monteverdis operas are regularly performed in europe and america

    • C. 

      Monteverdi creates variety in orfeo by using many kinds of music, combing recitatives, arias, duets, choruses, and instrumental interludes into one dramatic whole

    • D. 

      Monteverdis works form a musical bridge between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and greatly influenced composers of the time.

  • 42. 
    Monteverdis vocal music was usually supported by a _______and other instruments.
    • A. 

      Bassoon

    • B. 

      Trumpet

    • C. 

      Basso continuo

    • D. 

      String bass

  • 43. 
    A common variation form in the baroque is the ground bass, or _______
  • 44. 
  • 45. 
    Some indication of the acclaim and respect given purcell by his contemporaries in can be seen from the fact that he is buried in __________.
  • 46. 
    Baroque trio sonatas usually involve_________performers.
    • A. 

      Two

    • B. 

      Three

    • C. 

      Four

    • D. 

      Five

  • 47. 
    The sonata in the baroque period was a composition in several movements for
    • A. 

      A solo instrument

    • B. 

      Three solo instruments

    • C. 

      Two to four instruments

    • D. 

      One to eight instruments

  • 48. 
    Corellis trio sonota in A minor, Op. 3, No. 10, is scored for
    • A. 

      Two violins

    • B. 

      Solo violin and orchestra

    • C. 

      Two violins and basso continuo

    • D. 

      Piano, violin and cello

  • 49. 
    Characteristic of baroque trio sonotas, the second movement of corellis trio sonota in A minor, Op. 3, No. 10, is
    • A. 

      Slow and dignified

    • B. 

      Songlike

    • C. 

      Fuguelike

    • D. 

      A dance

  • 50. 
    The abbreviation op. stands for Opus latin for...
    • A. 

      Cartoon character

    • B. 

      Spring

    • C. 

      Work

    • D. 

      Opulent

  • 51. 
    Vivaldi is closely identified with the musical life of...
    • A. 

      Rome

    • B. 

      Venice

    • C. 

      Florence

    • D. 

      Cremona

  • 52. 
    Vivaldi wrote concertos for....
    • A. 

      String instruments

    • B. 

      Only for violins with continuo

    • C. 

      For a great variety of instruments

    • D. 

      Only for keyboard instruments

  • 53. 
    Vivaldi was famous and influential as a virtuoso
    • A. 

      Harpsichordist

    • B. 

      Opera singer

    • C. 

      Lutenist

    • D. 

      Violinist

  • 54. 
    A Vivaldi concerto usually has ______ movements.
    • A. 

      A variable number

    • B. 

      Two

    • C. 

      Three

    • D. 

      Four

  • 55. 
    A musical ornaments consisting of rapid alternation of two tones that are a whole step or half step apart is a __________.
    • A. 

      Trill

    • B. 

      Shake

    • C. 

      Blurb

    • D. 

      Wobble

  • 56. 
    The longest period in Bachs professional life was spent as director of music at St. Thomas church in __________.
  • 57. 
    Bachs church music uses operatic forms such as the _________, and ___________.
  • 58. 
    A collection of compositions that that displays all the resources of fugue writing is Bachs _____________.
  • 59. 
    Bachs works are unique in their combination of rich _____________, and _______________ texture.
  • 60. 
    Bach achieves unity of mood in his compositions by using...
    • A. 

      Homophonic texture

    • B. 

      Musical symbolism

    • C. 

      An insistent rhythmic drive

    • D. 

      Simple melodic ideas

  • 61. 
    Bach created masterpieces in every baroque form except the...
    • A. 

      Opera

    • B. 

      Concerto

    • C. 

      Fugue

    • D. 

      Sonata

  • 62. 
    Bachs personal music style was drawn from...
    • A. 

      Italian concertos

    • B. 

      French dance pieces

    • C. 

      German church music

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 63. 
    Bach was recognized as the most eminent ___________ of his day.
    • A. 

      Organist

    • B. 

      Composer

    • C. 

      Violinist

    • D. 

      Cellist

  • 64. 
    Baroque suites frequently begin a...
    • A. 

      French overture

    • B. 

      Gavotte

    • C. 

      Gigue

    • D. 

      Sarabande

  • 65. 
    The various dances of the baroque suite are usually...
    • A. 

      Polyphonic texture

    • B. 

      In theme and variation

    • C. 

      In AABB form

    • D. 

      In ABA form

  • 66. 
    The french overture has...
    • A. 

      Two sections: slow-fast

    • B. 

      Two sections: fast-slow

    • C. 

      Three sections: fast-slow-fast

    • D. 

      One continuous section

  • 67. 
    The_________ is an instrumental composition based on a chorale.
    • A. 

      Cantana

    • B. 

      Solo concerto

    • C. 

      Chorale prelude

    • D. 

      French overture

  • 68. 
    In bachs day, the lutheran church service lasted about_____ hours
    • A. 

      One

    • B. 

      Two

    • C. 

      Three

    • D. 

      Four

  • 69. 
    The________is a lutheran congregational hymn tune.
    • A. 

      Cantana

    • B. 

      Chorale

    • C. 

      Chorale prelude

    • D. 

      Recitative

  • 70. 
    In their use of aria, duet, and recitative, bachs cantatas closely resembled the _________of the time.
    • A. 

      Suites

    • B. 

      Operas

    • C. 

      Concertos

    • D. 

      Sonatas

  • 71. 
    A sung piece, or choral work with or without vocal soloists, usually with orchestral accompaniment, is the...
    • A. 

      Cantata

    • B. 

      Chorale prelude

    • C. 

      Concerto grosso

    • D. 

      Sonata

  • 72. 
    Oratorios first appeared in...
    • A. 

      Germany

    • B. 

      England

    • C. 

      Italy

    • D. 

      France

  • 73. 
    The first oratorios were based on ...
    • A. 

      Greek mythology

    • B. 

      Contemporary literature

    • C. 

      Greek and roman literature

    • D. 

      Stories from the bible

  • 74. 
    Oratorio differs from opera in that it has no...
    • A. 

      Orchestral accompaniment

    • B. 

      Acting, scenery, or costumes

    • C. 

      Choral parts

    • D. 

      Vocal soloists

  • 75. 
    An element of the oratorio that is especially important and serves to comment on or participate in the drama is....
    • A. 

      Narrator

    • B. 

      Chorus

    • C. 

      Orchestra

    • D. 

      Vocal soloist

  • 76. 
    A concerto grosso usually has____movements
    • A. 

      3

    • B. 

      4

    • C. 

      5

    • D. 

      6