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Are you a person who loves music? Do you suppose you could pass this quiz? Music is the key to creativity, as there has been so much extraordinary music made with every generation. Music brings people together, and it inspires them to have a bigger vision for their life. Music can also be a great educator, and it may help students learn. Take this quiz and see how much you know about music.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which famous composer wrote the "Symphony No. 5 in C Minor," often referred to as the "Fate Symphony"?

    • A.

      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    • B.

      Ludwig van Beethoven

    • C.

      Johann Sebastian Bach

    • D.

      Franz Schubert

    Correct Answer
    B. Ludwig van Beethoven
    Explanation
    Ludwig van Beethoven, a renowned composer of the classical period, wrote the "Symphony No. 5 in C Minor," also known as the "Fate Symphony." This iconic work is characterized by its powerful and memorable opening motif, which symbolizes fate knocking at the door, making it one of Beethoven's most celebrated compositions.

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  • 2. 

    Disjunct is a smooth melody with no jumps.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    A disjunct melody is characterized by large intervals and jumps between notes, rather than being smooth. Therefore, the given statement is incorrect and the correct answer is False.

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  • 3. 

    Which musical Time period is between 1825 - 1900?

    • A.

      Modern

    • B.

      Baroque

    • C.

      Medieval

    • D.

      Romantic

    Correct Answer
    D. Romantic
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Romantic. The time period between 1825-1900 is commonly known as the Romantic period in music. This era was characterized by emotional and expressive compositions, with a focus on individuality and self-expression. Composers such as Beethoven, Wagner, and Tchaikovsky were prominent figures during this period, creating works that emphasized passion and intensity. The Romantic period marked a departure from the classical forms and structures of the previous era, and it laid the foundation for the development of modern music.

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  • 4. 

    Modern Bhangra music is a fusion of cultures, mainly ____________.

    • A.

      Indian and British

    • B.

      Indian and American

    • C.

      American and British

    • D.

      British and African

    Correct Answer
    A. Indian and British
    Explanation
    Modern Bhangra music is a fusion of cultures, mainly Indian and British. Bhangra music originated in the Punjab region of India and has been influenced by traditional Indian music and instruments. However, with the migration of Punjabi communities to the UK in the 20th century, Bhangra music began to incorporate elements of British music, such as electronic beats and Western instruments. This fusion of Indian and British musical styles and cultural influences has led to the development of modern Bhangra music.

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  • 5. 

    When a male sings with a much higher vocal range or female vocal range this is called

    • A.

      Staccato

    • B.

      Falsetto

    • C.

      Tango

    • D.

      Rag Desh

    Correct Answer
    B. Falsetto
    Explanation
    Falsetto refers to the vocal technique used by males to sing in a higher vocal range, typically associated with female vocal range. It involves the use of the head voice instead of the chest voice, resulting in a lighter and more airy sound. This technique allows male singers to reach higher notes that are not within their natural vocal range. Falsetto is often used in various music genres, including pop, R&B, and classical music, to add a unique and expressive quality to the vocals.

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  • 6. 

    A duet is consists of how many people?

    • A.

      2

    • B.

      3

    • C.

      4

    • D.

      5

    Correct Answer
    A. 2
    Explanation
    A duet is a musical composition or performance that involves two people. It is specifically designed for two voices or instruments. Therefore, a duet consists of two people.

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  • 7. 

    Which of these instruments does not belong in the brass section of the orchestra?

    • A.

      French Horn

    • B.

      Trumpet

    • C.

      Saxophone

    • D.

      Trombone

    Correct Answer
    C. Saxophone
    Explanation
    The saxophone does not belong in the brass section of the orchestra because it is not a member of the brass family. The brass section typically consists of instruments that are made of brass and produce sound through the vibration of the player's lips. The french horn, trumpet, and trombone are all brass instruments.

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  • 8. 

    Which of these instruments are part of the woodwind section in an orcestra?

    • A.

      Bassoon

    • B.

      Tuba

    • C.

      Glockenspeil

    • D.

      Cor anglias

    • E.

      Viola

    • F.

      Flute

    • G.

      Saxophone

    • H.

      Harp

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Bassoon
    D. Cor anglias
    F. Flute
    G. Saxophone
    Explanation
    The instruments that are part of the woodwind section in an orchestra are the bassoon, cor anglias, flute, and saxophone.

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  • 9. 

    Which of the options below is the softest dynamic?

    • A.

      Forte

    • B.

      Crescendo

    • C.

      Pianissimo

    • D.

      Mezzoforte

    Correct Answer
    C. Pianissimo
    Explanation
    Pianissimo is the correct answer because it is the musical term used to indicate the softest dynamic level. It is often abbreviated as "pp" and signifies that the music should be played very softly. Forte, crescendo, and mezzoforte all indicate increasing loudness, so they are not the softest dynamics.

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  • 10. 

    Con sardinio means?

    • A.

      Played quietly

    • B.

      Played using a straw

    • C.

      Played using a mute

    • D.

      Played by a man

    Correct Answer
    C. Played using a mute
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "played using a mute." The term "con sordinio" is an Italian musical term that translates to "with a mute." A mute is a device used to dampen or muffle the sound of a musical instrument, such as a trumpet or a violin. When a musician plays "con sordinio," they are instructed to use a mute while playing their instrument, resulting in a softer and more subdued sound.

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  • 11. 

    A quaver is equal to how many beats?

    • A.

      1 beat

    • B.

      2 beats

    • C.

      Half a beat

    • D.

      6 beats

    Correct Answer
    C. Half a beat
    Explanation
    A quaver is a musical note that represents half the duration of a beat. In other words, it takes two quavers to make up one beat. Therefore, a quaver is equal to half a beat.

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  • 12. 

    Which of these terms means to slow down?

    • A.

      Accelerando

    • B.

      Ritardando

    • C.

      Glandando

    • D.

      Largandio

    Correct Answer
    B. Ritardando
    Explanation
    The term "ritardando" means to slow down in music. It is indicated by the abbreviation "rit." or "ritard." in sheet music and instructs the performer to gradually decrease the tempo of the piece. This allows for a more expressive and controlled interpretation of the music.

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  • 13. 

    Polyphonic means...

    • A.

      One melody being played with no harmony.

    • B.

      Two or more melody's being played at the same time.

    • C.

      Two different instruments playing the same melody at the same time.

    • D.

      Two or more flutes in an orchestra.

    Correct Answer
    B. Two or more melody's being played at the same time.
    Explanation
    Polyphonic means two or more melodies being played at the same time. This term is commonly used in music to describe a texture where multiple independent melodic lines are heard simultaneously. In polyphonic music, each melody has its own rhythm and pitch, creating a rich and complex texture. This is different from monophonic music, where there is only one melody, and homophonic music, where there is a main melody accompanied by chords.

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  • 14. 

    Benjamin Britten is of what nationality?

    • A.

      Polish

    • B.

      Austrian

    • C.

      English

    • D.

      American

    Correct Answer
    C. English
    Explanation
    Benjamin Britten is known as an English composer, conductor, and pianist. He was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England, and is considered one of the most important figures in 20th-century classical music. Britten's works include operas, orchestral compositions, chamber music, and vocal music. He is particularly known for his opera "Peter Grimes" and his "War Requiem." Britten's nationality is English because he was born and raised in England and his contributions to music are closely associated with the English classical music tradition.

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  • 15. 

    One semitone higher than a C is a D.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    One semitone higher than a C is actually a C#. In music theory, a semitone is the smallest interval between two adjacent notes. Therefore, moving one semitone higher from C would result in the note C#, not D. Hence, the given statement is false.

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  • 16. 

    One tone higher than an A is a B.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    In music theory, the concept of "tones" refers to the distance between two musical notes. Moving one tone higher from a given note means moving up two half steps on the musical scale. Therefore, if we start with an A and move one tone higher, we will reach the note B. Hence, the statement "One tone higher than an A is a B" is true.

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