Medieval And Renaissance Music

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Medieval And Renaissance Music - Quiz

This is a quiz with 7 multiple-choice questions. It is about music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    1.  Who was Gregorian Chant named for?

    • A.

      Gregory Peck

    • B.

      Guido the monk

    • C.

      Pope Gregory the Great

    Correct Answer
    C. Pope Gregory the Great
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Pope Gregory the Great. Gregorian Chant is named after Pope Gregory the Great because he is credited with organizing and codifying the chants used in the Roman Catholic Church during his papacy in the 6th century. He played a significant role in the development and preservation of this form of liturgical music, which became known as Gregorian Chant in his honor.

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  • 2. 

    What was one type of medieval music that was secular (worldly)?

    • A.

      Mass music

    • B.

      Estampie

    • C.

      Gregorian chant

    Correct Answer
    B. Estampie
    Explanation
    An estampie is a type of medieval music that was secular or worldly. It originated in the 12th century and was popular in Europe during the Middle Ages. Unlike Gregorian chant, which was sacred and used in religious ceremonies, the estampie was a lively and energetic dance music that was performed at social gatherings and courtly events. The mass music, on the other hand, was also sacred and specifically composed for the Catholic Mass. Therefore, the correct answer is estampie.

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  • 3. 

    What class of people in the Middle Ages was most likely to compose music?

    • A.

      Clergy

    • B.

      Nobility

    • C.

      Peasantry

    Correct Answer
    A. Clergy
    Explanation
    During the Middle Ages, the clergy, specifically the monks and priests, were the most educated and literate class. They had access to musical training and resources within the monasteries and churches. The clergy played a significant role in the development and preservation of music during this time. They composed sacred music for religious ceremonies and services, such as Gregorian chants and hymns. Additionally, the clergy had the time and resources to dedicate themselves to the study and composition of music, unlike the nobility who were often occupied with political and military matters, or the peasantry who had limited access to education and resources.

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  • 4. 

    What are two musical innovations that came with the Renaissance period?

    • A.

      Polyphonic texture (multiple melodies sung at once)

    • B.

      Dancing added to the music in church

    • C.

      Electrical instruments in secular songs

    • D.

      Printed music, rather than hand-scripted

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Polyphonic texture (multiple melodies sung at once)
    D. Printed music, rather than hand-scripted
    Explanation
    During the Renaissance period, two musical innovations emerged. The first innovation was the introduction of polyphonic texture, which involved the simultaneous singing of multiple melodies. This technique added complexity and richness to the music of the time. The second innovation was the advent of printed music, replacing the laborious process of hand-scripting music. This advancement allowed for wider distribution and accessibility of musical compositions, contributing to the spread and preservation of musical knowledge and creativity.

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  • 5. 

    Some instruments of the Renaissance were . . . 

    • A.

      Dulcimer and flugelhorn

    • B.

      Bladderpipe and sacbut

    • C.

      Sousaphone and psaltery

    Correct Answer
    B. Bladderpipe and sacbut
    Explanation
    During the Renaissance period, bladderpipe and sacbut were popular musical instruments. The bladderpipe is a type of bagpipe that uses a bladder to provide air, while the sacbut is a type of trombone. These instruments were commonly used in both secular and sacred music during the Renaissance, and they played an important role in the development of early brass and wind instruments.

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  • 6. 

    The Renaissance form of a cappella secular music, generally about love, is called . . .

    • A.

      Mass

    • B.

      Motet

    • C.

      Madrigal

    Correct Answer
    C. Madrigal
    Explanation
    The correct answer is madrigal. A madrigal is a type of a cappella secular music that was popular during the Renaissance period. It typically focuses on themes of love and is characterized by its polyphonic texture and expressive harmonies. Unlike a mass, which is a sacred form of music, and a motet, which is a polyphonic choral composition, a madrigal is known for its lighter and more lyrical nature.

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  • 7. 

    The new Renaissance middle class used what as a status symbol?

    • A.

      Musicianship

    • B.

      Fancy cars

    • C.

      Hot tubs

    Correct Answer
    A. Musicianship
    Explanation
    During the Renaissance period, the middle class emerged as a new social class with increasing wealth and influence. As a way to display their elevated status, they often turned to musicianship as a status symbol. Being able to play an instrument or appreciate music was seen as a sign of refinement and sophistication. It was a way for the middle class to differentiate themselves from the lower classes and align themselves with the aristocracy who had traditionally patronized the arts. Therefore, musicianship became a popular status symbol among the new Renaissance middle class.

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