Music Appreciation Part II Test

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Music Appreciation Quizzes & Trivia

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  • 1. 
    The approximate dates of the Baroque period in music are 
    • A. 

      1100-1450

    • B. 

      1450-1600

    • C. 

      1600-1750

    • D. 

      1820-1900

  • 2. 
    An important composer of music in the Baroque was
    • A. 

      Palestrina

    • B. 

      Beethoven

    • C. 

      Mozart

    • D. 

      Handel

  • 3. 
    The three main characteristics of Baroque art and music are
    • A. 

      Drama, intellectual content, and conciseness

    • B. 

      Large dimensions, drama, and religious intensity

    • C. 

      Religious intensity, conciseness, and drama

    • D. 

      Large dimensions, religious intensity, and intellectual content

  • 4. 
    The patronage system allowed composers to sell their works to the highest bidder.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    An important instrument in the Baroque period was the
    • A. 

      Trombone

    • B. 

      Piano

    • C. 

      Harpsichord

    • D. 

      Clarinet

  • 6. 
    Except for recitatives, the rhythm in Baroque music was definitely metrical.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    Styles in music are confined to designated dates.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    Arias are usually shorter than recitatives.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    Arias often contain passages that show off the singer's vocal prowess (ability).
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    Cantatas are usually religious in nature.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    Which is not usually included in an oratorio?
    • A. 

      Scenery and costumes

    • B. 

      Instrumental accompaniment

    • C. 

      Arias

    • D. 

      Choruses

  • 12. 
    A Passion is
    • A. 

      A love scene in an opera

    • B. 

      An oratorio on the events of Good Friday

    • C. 

      A love duet

    • D. 

      A cantata for soloist and orchestra

  • 13. 
    Originally chorales were
    • A. 

      The chorus parts of oratorios

    • B. 

      Hymns to be sung by congregations in Lutheran churches

    • C. 

      Collections of recitatives

    • D. 

      A type of oratorio

  • 14. 
    Opera began when a group of noblemen
    • A. 

      Entered into an entertainment business venture

    • B. 

      Wished to make the singing of madrigals more popular

    • C. 

      Wished to re-create musical dramas similar to ancient Greek dramas

    • D. 

      Wanted to create music for students in music conservatories

  • 15. 
    The text or words an opera is called the
    • A. 

      Play book

    • B. 

      Libretto

    • C. 

      Manuscript

    • D. 

      Novella

  • 16. 
    Elements of an opera include
    • A. 

      Everything is sung

    • B. 

      “Bigger than life” qualities

    • C. 

      Often in foreign language

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 17. 
    Operas are sung without accompanying orchestra or keyboard instrument.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 18. 
    Which instrument was not particularly important in Baroque music?
    • A. 

      Pipe organ

    • B. 

      Harpsichord

    • C. 

      Violin

    • D. 

      Piano

  • 19. 
    A Baroque suite is a group of 
    • A. 

      Arias

    • B. 

      Keyboard works

    • C. 

      Stylized dance works

    • D. 

      Pieces in equal temperament

  • 20. 
    During the Baroque a sonata was a
    • A. 

      Vocal work in three movements

    • B. 

      Work for one or more instruments

    • C. 

      Group of stylized dances

    • D. 

      Group of dances that were not stylized

  • 21. 
    Water Music Suite is so named because
    • A. 

      It was composed to be played on boats as the king cruised the river

    • B. 

      Each work in the suite is named after a lake

    • C. 

      It was inspired by the rivers and waterfalls he saw in Scotland

    • D. 

      It was composed to accompany a play about England’s great ships

  • 22. 
    The composer of Water Music Suite was
    • A. 

      J.S. Bach

    • B. 

      Corelli

    • C. 

      Pachelbel

    • D. 

      Handel

  • 23. 
    A virtuoso is
    • A. 

      Someone who is very skilled in performing

    • B. 

      A very honest person

    • C. 

      The first chair violinist in the orchestra

    • D. 

      Someone who sings with much expression

  • 24. 
    The role of king or authority figure in an opera is usually sung by
    • A. 

      A soprano

    • B. 

      An alto

    • C. 

      A tenor

    • D. 

      A bass

  • 25. 
    Improvisation was important in Baroque music.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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