Music In The Middle Ages & Renaissance

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Middle Ages Quizzes & Trivia

A brief overview of music in the Middle Ages & Renaissance, history and terminology.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The center of musical life in the Middle Ages was
    • A. 

      The church

    • B. 

      The tavern

    • C. 

      The dance hall

  • 2. 
    What is the texture for chant in the Middle Ages?
    • A. 

      Monophonic

    • B. 

      Homophonic

    • C. 

      Polyphonic

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 3. 
    Since medieval chant notation had no effective means of indicating pitch duration, how would one determine the length of notes?
    • A. 

      Members of the congregation would follow the lead of priests/monks in church

    • B. 

      The most important words of the chant generally receive the longest duration

    • C. 

      Both of these

    • D. 

      Neither of these

  • 4. 
    One or more long, sustained tones that accompany a melody is called
    • A. 

      A drone

    • B. 

      A chant

    • C. 

      Cantus firmus

    • D. 

      Sacred music

  • 5. 
    Hildegard of Bingen was
    • A. 

      A nun

    • B. 

      A visionary and mystic

    • C. 

      A composer

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 6. 
    French nobles, called ----------, composed a large body of secular music during the 12th and 13th centuries.
    • A. 

      Troubadours and trouveres

    • B. 

      Jongleurs

    • C. 

      Leonin and Perotin

    • D. 

      O successores

  • 7. 
    Between 700 & 900, monks began adding a second melodic line to the previously monophonic chants. The second melodic line paralleled the first at a different pitch. The result was called
    • A. 

      Organum

    • B. 

      Chant

    • C. 

      Homophonic

    • D. 

      Measured rhythm

  • 8. 
    The term "measured rhythm" refers to
    • A. 

      Definite time values and clearly defined meter

    • B. 

      The addition of a drone to secular music

    • C. 

      The need for chant accompaniment

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 9. 
    The mass ordinary consists of ----- sung prayers, which have consistently inspired composers throughout the centuries.
    • A. 

      5

    • B. 

      8

    • C. 

      4

    • D. 

      3

  • 10. 
    The Renaissance in music occurred between
    • A. 

      1450 and 1600

    • B. 

      450 and 1450

    • C. 

      1600 and 1750

    • D. 

      1750 and 1820