History Of Western Music: Renaissance, Franco-flemish And Burgundian Composers

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Corresponds with A History of Western Music, chapters 7-9. Franco-Flemish and Burgundian composers in the 15th-16th centuries.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    International style of music developed due to composers in northern Europe working (most prominently) in _________________.

    • A.

      Italy

    • B.

      America

    • C.

      Germany

    • D.

      Greece

    • E.

      Egypt

    Correct Answer
    A. Italy
    Explanation
    The international style of music developed due to composers in northern Europe working in Italy. Italy has a rich musical history and was a hub for musical innovation during the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Composers such as Palestrina, Monteverdi, and Vivaldi were influential in shaping the development of music across Europe. Their works were widely admired and imitated, leading to the spread of the Italian style and the establishment of an international musical language.

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  • 2. 

    New rules for counterpoint during the Renaissance controlled what?

    • A.

      Melodies

    • B.

      Elisions

    • C.

      Cadences

    • D.

      Dissonance

    • E.

      Styles

    Correct Answer
    D. Dissonance
    Explanation
    During the Renaissance, new rules for counterpoint controlled dissonance. Counterpoint is the technique of combining multiple melodic lines, and the rules of counterpoint during this period emphasized the proper resolution and treatment of dissonant intervals. Dissonance refers to the combination of notes that create tension and require resolution to consonant intervals. The new rules aimed to regulate the use of dissonance in order to achieve a harmonically pleasing and balanced composition.

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  • 3. 

    What is humanism?

  • 4. 

    Ottaviono Petrucci published the first collection of polyphonic music printed entirely from movable type in 1501.  What was it called?

    • A.

      Le institutioni harmoniche

    • B.

      Le institutioni contrapuncti

    • C.

      The Old Hall Manuscript

    • D.

      Musica enchiriadis

    • E.

      Harmonice musices odhecaton A

    Correct Answer
    E. Harmonice musices odhecaton A
  • 5. 

    In the 15th century, composers came from northern Europe-- Cambrai, Bruges, Antwerp, and Paris.  In the 16th century, which two cities became the most prominent musical centers?

    • A.

      Venice and Florence

    • B.

      Rome and Venice

    • C.

      Hapsburg and Rome

    • D.

      Ferrara and Venice

    • E.

      Milan and Florence

    Correct Answer
    B. Rome and Venice
    Explanation
    In the 16th century, Rome and Venice became the most prominent musical centers. This can be inferred from the fact that in the 15th century, composers came from northern European cities such as Cambrai, Bruges, Antwerp, and Paris, suggesting that these cities were the musical centers at that time. However, in the 16th century, Rome and Venice took over as the most prominent musical centers, indicating a shift in the musical landscape during that period.

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  • 6. 

    The Medici Family was from __________________________.

    Correct Answer
    Florence
    Explanation
    The Medici Family was from Florence. The Medici family was a wealthy and influential family from Florence, Italy, during the Renaissance period. They were patrons of the arts and played a significant role in the political and cultural development of Florence. They were known for their banking business and their support of artists, philosophers, and scientists. Their influence extended beyond Florence, shaping the history of Italy and Europe.

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  • 7. 

    The Sforza family was from ____________________.

    Correct Answer
    Milan
    Explanation
    The Sforza family was from Milan.

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  • 8. 

    The Este family was from _________________________

    Correct Answer
    Ferrara
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Ferrara. This suggests that the Este family originated from Ferrara.

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  • 9. 

    Heinrich Glarean wrote what book and what topic?

    • A.

      Liber de arte contrapuncti; modal system

    • B.

      Liber de arte contrapuncti; refining Tinctoris' rules

    • C.

      Dodecachordon; modal system

    • D.

      Liber de arte contrapuncti; dissonance

    • E.

      Dodechachordon; rules for dissonance

    Correct Answer
    C. Dodecachordon; modal system
    Explanation
    Heinrich Glarean wrote the book "Dodecachordon" which discusses the modal system.

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  • 10. 

    Johannes Tinctoris wrote what book about what?

    • A.

      Liber de arte contrapuncti; dissonance

    • B.

      Le institutioni harmoniche; dissonance

    • C.

      Dodechachordon; modal system

    • D.

      Le instituitioni harmoniche; modal system

    • E.

      Liber de arte contrapuncti; modal system

    Correct Answer
    A. Liber de arte contrapuncti; dissonance
    Explanation
    Johannes Tinctoris wrote the book "Liber de arte contrapuncti" about dissonance.

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  • 11. 

    Who wrote Le institutioni harmoniche, and what was it about?

  • 12. 

    During the Renaissance, how many voices were standard?

    • A.

      2

    • B.

      5

    • C.

      3

    • D.

      1

    • E.

      4

    Correct Answer
    E. 4
    Explanation
    During the Renaissance, the standard number of voices in music was four. This refers to the four-part vocal harmony that was commonly used during this period. Each voice part, including soprano, alto, tenor, and bass, had its own melodic line and contributed to the overall harmony of the composition. This four-voice texture was a defining characteristic of Renaissance music and allowed for rich and complex harmonies to be created.

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  • 13. 

    What is imitative counterpoint?

  • 14. 

    What is homophony?

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