The History Of Music: Trivia Quiz!

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  • 1. 
    Another name for ABA form with an exposition, a development, and a recapitulation is ___ form
    • A. 

      Rondo

    • B. 

      Sonata

    • C. 

      Binary

    • D. 

      Theme and variations

  • 2. 
    The first movement in most Classical symphonies is generally:
    • A. 

      A moderate or fast movement in sonata form that sometimes has a slow introduction

    • B. 

      The fastest, lightest movement

    • C. 

      In minuet form and triple meter

    • D. 

      A slow movement with beautiful, relaxing melodies

  • 3. 
    The second movement in most Classical symphonies is generally:
    • A. 

      In minuet form and triple meter

    • B. 

      A slow movement with beautiful, relaxing melodies

    • C. 

      The fastest, lightest movement

    • D. 

      A moderate or fast movement in sonata form that sometimes has a slow introduction

  • 4. 
    The third movement in most Classical symphonies is generally:
    • A. 

      A moderate or fast movement in sonata form that sometimes has a slow introduction

    • B. 

      A slow movement with beautiful, relaxing melodies

    • C. 

      In minuet form and triple meter

    • D. 

      The fastest, lightest movement

  • 5. 
    The last movement in most Classical symphonies is generally:
    • A. 

      A slow movement with beautiful, relaxing melodies

    • B. 

      In minuet form and triple meter

    • C. 

      The fastest, lightest movement

    • D. 

      A moderate or fast movement in sonata form that sometimes has a slow introduction

  • 6. 
    In the sonata form, what is repeated in the recapitulation?
    • A. 

      The coda

    • B. 

      The first theme followed by all the other elements of the exposition

    • C. 

      Various themes from the development

    • D. 

      Only the second theme and cadence theme from the exposition

  • 7. 
    A coda:
    • A. 

      Is a closing section of a movement

    • B. 

      Is a crucial element of sonata form

    • C. 

      Is never used in theme and variations form

    • D. 

      Often appears at the beginning of a movement

  • 8. 
    The first movement of Symphony No. 95 in C minor is:
    • A. 

      A rondo

    • B. 

      In sonata form

    • C. 

      In minuet form

    • D. 

      In theme and variations form

  • 9. 
    Typically, the third movement of a four-movement work in the Classical era would be:
    • A. 

      Slow and lyrical

    • B. 

      In sonata form

    • C. 

      A minuet and trio

    • D. 

      In theme and variations form

  • 10. 
    The favorite featured instrument of the Classical sonata was the:
    • A. 

      Piano

    • B. 

      Recorder

    • C. 

      Organ

    • D. 

      Harpsichord

  • 11. 
    How many movements does a Classical sonata generally have?
    • A. 

      One

    • B. 

      Two

    • C. 

      Three

    • D. 

      Four

  • 12. 
    The form developed by Mozart for the first movement of a concerto is called ___ form.
    • A. 

      Rondo

    • B. 

      Double-exposition

    • C. 

      Sonata

    • D. 

      Double-development

  • 13. 
    In the final section of the first movement of a Classical concerto, the soloist improvizes a solo passage called a:
    • A. 

      Recapitulation

    • B. 

      Coda

    • C. 

      Ritornello

    • D. 

      Cadenza

  • 14. 
    A traditional musical ensemble in Indonesia is called a:
    • A. 

      Symphony

    • B. 

      Bopong

    • C. 

      Gamelan

    • D. 

      Gongan

  • 15. 
    Classical string quartets generally have ___ movements.
    • A. 

      One

    • B. 

      Two

    • C. 

      Three

    • D. 

      Four

  • 16. 
    In the classical era the string quartet was intended to perform in:
    • A. 

      Small intimate gatherings

    • B. 

      Cathedrals

    • C. 

      Large concert halls

    • D. 

      Opera houses

  • 17. 
    Italian comic opera was called:
    • A. 

      Arioso opera

    • B. 

      Ensemble opera

    • C. 

      Opera buffa

    • D. 

      Da capo opera

  • 18. 
    Beethoven wrote music in both the ___ and ___ styles.
    • A. 

      Classical; Romantic

    • B. 

      Classica; Baroque

    • C. 

      Baroque; Romantic

    • D. 

      Romantic; Medieval

  • 19. 
    What European political figure inspired Beethoven in his composing the Eroica Symphony?
    • A. 

      Thomas Jefferson

    • B. 

      King George of England

    • C. 

      Emperor Franz Joseph II

    • D. 

      Napoleon Bonaparte

  • 20. 
    Which genre is Beethoven most closely associated?
    • A. 

      Cantata

    • B. 

      Symphony

    • C. 

      Opera

    • D. 

      Oratorio

  • 21. 
    The scherzo, a fast, triple meter movement evolved from the:
    • A. 

      Minuet

    • B. 

      Rondo

    • C. 

      Oratorio

    • D. 

      Sonata

  • 22. 
    All of the following are characteristics of Beethoven's symphonic compositional style EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Rhythmic drive

    • B. 

      Motive consistency

    • C. 

      Disregard for Classical Forms

    • D. 

      Psychological progression during a work

  • 23. 
    From what condition did Beethoven suffer?
    • A. 

      Paralysis

    • B. 

      Deafness

    • C. 

      Blindness

    • D. 

      Mental illness

  • 24. 
    Who provided the Romantics with the ideal of the individual and was considered the ideological father of the French revolution?
    • A. 

      Jean Jacques Rousseau

    • B. 

      Ludwig van Beethoven

    • C. 

      Franz Schubert

    • D. 

      Victor Hugo

  • 25. 
    Which is true of Romantic composers such as Beethoven, Liszt, and Verdi?
    • A. 

      They avoided all involvement in political and social revolution, feeling that music transcended politics

    • B. 

      People used their music to promote revolutionary movements, but the composers did not associate themselves with such movements

    • C. 

      They wanted to promote emotional expression without disrupting the established social order

    • D. 

      As rebels against the social order, they associated themselves with revolutionary and libertarian politics