Hom Week 9 - USA I: From Chaos To System

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United States Quizzes & Trivia

Quiz on week 9 material, The History of the Modern


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    During the Romantic period, American composers would constantly adopt ideas from Europe, and often go there and study as well.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    Immediately after the American revolution, some thinkers thought America should develop their own cultural identity. However, this took a long time. In the field of art music, what happened in Europe was more or less imitated in the States for more than a century. What year was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
  • 3. 
    Match the composer with the correct piece of information.
    • A. Conlon Nancarrow
    • A.
    • B. Harry Partch
    • B.
    • C. Henry Cowell
    • C.
    • D. Carl Ruggles
    • D.
    • E. Charles Ives
    • E.
  • 4. 
    • A. 

      He was trained by his father in music

    • B. 

      He composed mainly on evenings and weekends

    • C. 

      His "Fanfare for the Common Man" is one of the most famous American musical works ever written

    • D. 

      His music was promoted by Leonard Bernstein

  • 5. 
    Ives promoted himself endlessly as a musician, but only ever managed to make a living as a life insurance salesman
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    Ives was associated with a peculiar take on romanticism in America - a philosophical and spiritual movement that believed in the inherent goodness of people and nature. Name the movement!
  • 7. 
    Ives' famous work The "..." Sonata has four movements that directly reflect aspects of transcendentalism (fill in the missing word).
  • 8. 
    Many European art music composers actually adopted jazz as an influence
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    John Cage was born in 1912. When did he die?
    • A. 

      1980

    • B. 

      1982

    • C. 

      1990

    • D. 

      1992

  • 10. 
    Write down the last name of the famous European composer with whom John Cage studied in the 1930s.
  • 11. 
    During the 1930s and 1940s, John Cage wrote quite a few pieces for the (...) piano (fill in the missing word)
  • 12. 
    • A. 

      Sonatas and Interludes (1948)

    • B. 

      Six Melodies (1950)

    • C. 

      Imaginary Landscape IV (1951)

    • D. 

      Williams Mix (1953)

  • 13. 
    Write down the name of the school of Mahayana Buddhism, the fundamental values of which were embraced by Cage, and incorporated into some of his musical works.
  • 14. 
    Write down the fancy word for chance music
  • 15. 
    When was The Unanswered Question written (by Charles Ives)?
    • A. 

      1899

    • B. 

      1906

    • C. 

      1914

    • D. 

      1923

  • 16. 
    In The Unanswered Question, the different instruments or group of instruments have symbolic functions. Match the instrument/group of instruments with its symbolic function!
    • A. Woodwinds
    • A.
    • B. Trumpet
    • B.
    • C. Strings
    • C.
  • 17. 
    The Unanswered Question is subtitled "A Cosmopolitan Landscape"
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    • A. 

      "The Silent Sonata"

    • B. 

      "4'23"

    • C. 

      "4'33"

    • D. 

      "Strong, Independent Teddybears"

  • 19. 
    For each of the three movements of 4'33, Cage simply writes the latin word for "it is silent" in the score. Which word is this?
  • 20. 
    An experiment is "an act, the outcome of which, is unknown". Who said this?
    • A. 

      Ives

    • B. 

      Schoenberg

    • C. 

      Boulez

    • D. 

      Cage