Music 111 Final Exam Practice Quiz: Romanticism To Postmodernism

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Music 111 Final Exam Practice Quiz: Romanticism To Postmodernism

This is a short quiz geared to help solidify your knowledge and understanding of most of the terms you will need to know in order to successfully pass the final exam. This is purely for fun and practice, and you will not receive any credit for doing this. Your score will not be shared with other students, and there is no limit to the number of times this quiz may be taken.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Atonal music is said to have no tonal center and to be generally dissonant:
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    Recitativo Accompagnato is:
    • A. 

      Solo recitative

    • B. 

      Recitative accompanied by a basso continuo

    • C. 

      Orchestrally accompanied recitative

    • D. 

      A cappella recitative

  • 3. 
    Neo-classicism typically refers to:
    • A. 

      Romanticism

    • B. 

      New-Classical style music, containing idiomatic references to the genres and musical forms of the Baroque and Classical periods, but written sometime after those periods

    • C. 

      A programmatic approach to the Classical style

    • D. 

      The Emancipation of Dissonance

  • 4. 
    A nocturne is a fast, jumpy piece that is characteristic of traditional Polish dance and music:
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    Formalism can be described as:
    • A. 

      Using strict form in music

    • B. 

      Neo-classicism

    • C. 

      The formal approach to writing music

    • D. 

      The Soviet Union's reference to modern music during the Stalinist era

  • 6. 
    Expressionism has to do with:
    • A. 

      The suggested impression of some subject as portrayed through music and art

    • B. 

      Art and music that concentrates on expressing the innermost feelings of an artist or composer, namely fear and anxiety

    • C. 

      The freedom of expression

    • D. 

      Expressiveness in music

  • 7. 
    A type of music that relies on a finite number of possibilities that determine the outcome of the music is known as:
    • A. 

      Atonal music

    • B. 

      Algebraic music

    • C. 

      Allegoric music

    • D. 

      Chance or Aleatoric music

  • 8. 
    Lied is German for:
    • A. 

      Recitative

    • B. 

      Aria

    • C. 

      Art Song

    • D. 

      Dishonesty

  • 9. 
    Cyclicism refers to:
    • A. 

      A kind of musical form, such as ternary form

    • B. 

      A single unifying theme that serves as the main compositional material for a piece of music and undergoes several transformations throughout the span of the music, while always preserving the essence of the theme

    • C. 

      The cycling of various implied and abstract musical ideas

    • D. 

      Music that repeats or cycles

  • 10. 
    What is the name of a style of postmodern music, originating in the early 1960's, that takes a very small musical unit and repeats it over and over to form a composition?
    • A. 

      Aleatory music

    • B. 

      Postmodernism

    • C. 

      Cyclicism

    • D. 

      Minimalism

    • E. 

      Pointillism

  • 11. 
    Idée fixe, which literally means "signature-tune", is a distinct unit of music used as a way to represent a character, object, or idea, which returns repeatedly in a Wagnerian music drama:
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    Music in which elements such as pitch, timbre, or dynamics come in a fixed and predetermined order is known as:
    • A. 

      Chance music

    • B. 

      Serial music

    • C. 

      Form

    • D. 

      Minimalism

  • 13. 
    Which statement best describes Impressionism:
    • A. 

      A movement of music that sought to differentiate itself from the overly heavy, bombastic, and pretentious nature of German Romantic music

    • B. 

      A form of music that incorporates non-traditional compositional techniques, such as the whole-tone scale and parallel motion, as a means of portraying a particular subject in an evocative, yet indirect sort of way

    • C. 

      A movement in art that sought ways to leave an impression of something through art without stating what that something was directly

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 14. 
    A compositional technique that features ever-changing melodic and harmonic material in a coherent and unified fashion is called:
    • A. 

      Strophic form

    • B. 

      Lied

    • C. 

      Through-composed form

    • D. 

      Leitmotif

  • 15. 
    Sprechstimme is defined as:
    • A. 

      A vocal style of music that is half sung and half spoken, and mimics the natural inflection of speech, such as recitative

    • B. 

      A prosaic way of speaking

    • C. 

      Spoken dialogue used in between the sung portions of an opera

    • D. 

      A vocal technique that requires a vocalist to declaim a text more than to sing it; speech-voice

  • 16. 
    The simultaneous use of two or more time signatures is known as polymeter:
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    A one-movement work for orchestra that gives musical expression to the emotions and events associated with a story, play, political event, or personal experience is known as a(n):
    • A. 

      Overture

    • B. 

      Symphonic poem

    • C. 

      Opera

    • D. 

      Symphony

  • 18. 
    A genre of music for solo voice and piano accompaniment with high artistic aspirations is called the: 
    • A. 

      Recitative

    • B. 

      Aria

    • C. 

      Art Song

    • D. 

      Arioso

  • 19. 
    The statement "music for the sake of music", which is indicative of music without a program or story, could best describe:
    • A. 

      Program music

    • B. 

      Absolute music

    • C. 

      Impressionist music

    • D. 

      Realistic music

  • 20. 
    What were the two emancipations in 20th century music?
    • A. 

      Rhythm and Meter

    • B. 

      Expressionism and Atonality

    • C. 

      Dissonance and Rhythm

    • D. 

      Polytonality and Serialism

  • 21. 
    An important musical figure of American heritage during the early 1900's flourished as an insurance salesman, but did not succeed as a composer because of his unique way of creating jarring dissonances through the use of polytonality and polymeter in his compositions, while also incorporating traditional American music. What was his name?
    • A. 

      Charles Ives

    • B. 

      Arnold Schoenberg

    • C. 

      Igor Stravinsky

    • D. 

      Aaron Copland

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