Baroque Music Test

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Baroque Music Test

A test of students' understanding of music in the baroque time period.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The term used in the Baroque period to express emotion or mood is called
    • A. 

      Agitation

    • B. 

      Jealousy

    • C. 

      Affections

    • D. 

      Joy

  • 2. 
    A type of song that is meant to imitate the rhythmic patterns of speech, serves a narrative function, and is accompanied only by basso continuo is called
    • A. 

      Secco recitative

    • B. 

      Accompanied recitative

    • C. 

      Castrato

    • D. 

      Basso ostinato

  • 3. 
    A 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

  • 4. 
    Terraced dynamics involve
    • A. 

      Sudden shifts from one dynamic level to another

    • B. 

      Gradual changes through crescendo and decrescendo

    • C. 

      The same dynamics throughout a piece of music

  • 5. 
    Which of the following instruments could play basso continuo?
    • A. 

      Oboe and piano

    • B. 

      Violin and viola

    • C. 

      Bassoon and harpsichord

    • D. 

      Saxophone and cello

  • 6. 
    Which of the following forms originated in the Baroque period?
    • A. 

      Fugue

    • B. 

      Concerto grosso

    • C. 

      Oratorio

    • D. 

      Opera

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 7. 
    Monteverdi's first operatic masterpiece was called
    • A. 

      Orfeo

    • B. 

      Le Nozze de Figaro

    • C. 

      Aida

    • D. 

      Persephone

  • 8. 
    The Baroque 'trio sonata' is a somewhat misleading title in that is usually involves _____ performers.
    • A. 

      3

    • B. 

      4

    • C. 

      5

    • D. 

      2

  • 9. 
    The Italian composer, Vivaldi, wrote concertos
    • A. 

      Only for string instruments

    • B. 

      Only for violins with continuo

    • C. 

      For a great variety of instruments

    • D. 

      Only for keyboard instruments

  • 10. 
    The musical representation of specific poetic images; when the music reflects the meaning of words, it is called
    • A. 

      Word painting

    • B. 

      Imagery

    • C. 

      A metaphor

  • 11. 
    Although all the movements of a baroque suite are written in the same key, they can differ in
    • A. 

      Meter

    • B. 

      National origin

    • C. 

      Tempo

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 12. 
    The various dances of a baroque suite are usually
    • A. 

      In theme and variation form

    • B. 

      In binary form

    • C. 

      In ABA form

    • D. 

      In ternary form

  • 13. 
    Oratorio differs from opera in that it has no
    • A. 

      Orchestral accompaniment

    • B. 

      Acting, scenery, or costumes

    • C. 

      Choral parts

    • D. 

      Vocal soloists

  • 14. 
    Like operas, ___________ and ______________ have arias, recitatives, chorus, and orchestral preludes/overtures.
    • A. 

      Cantatas, oratorios

    • B. 

      Chorales, concertos

    • C. 

      Overtures, preludes

  • 15. 
    Handel's Messiah is an example of
    • A. 

      An oratorio

    • B. 

      An opera

    • C. 

      Musical theater

    • D. 

      A song

  • 16. 
    A hymn tune that is easy to sing and remember and is incorporated into a cantata is a
    • A. 

      Subject

    • B. 

      Melody

    • C. 

      Theme

    • D. 

      Chorale

  • 17. 
    A type of repetition in which the bassline is repeated over and over while the melodies above it change is called
    • A. 

      A canon

    • B. 

      Basso continuo

    • C. 

      Ground bass

  • 18. 
    A piece that sounds fairly complete and independent but is part of a larger composition is called a
    • A. 

      Concerto

    • B. 

      Movement

    • C. 

      Fugue

    • D. 

      Ground bass

  • 19. 
    A --------------- is a polyphonic composition based on one main theme called a subject.
    • A. 

      Fugue

    • B. 

      Ground bass

    • C. 

      Ritornello

    • D. 

      Recitative

  • 20. 
    Ritornello form and concerto grosso is based on the alternation of two instrumental groups: --------------- and -----------------.
    • A. 

      Tutti, solo

    • B. 

      Forte, piano

    • C. 

      Violins, woodwinds

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