Music Composer And Their History Practice Quiz! Trivia

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  • 1. 
    The composer whose career was a model for many romantic composers was
    • A. 

      Mozart

    • B. 

      Bach

    • C. 

      Beethoven

  • 2. 
    When music conservatories were founded, women
    • A. 

      Were admitted only as vocalists or pianists

    • B. 

      Were at first accepted only as students of performance, but by the late 1800's could study musical composition

    • C. 

      Were not admitted

  • 3. 
    Schubert's songs number more than
    • A. 

      50

    • B. 

      100

    • C. 

      600

  • 4. 
    Schumann's works are
    • A. 

      Intensely autobiographical

    • B. 

      Usually linked with descriptive titles, texts, or programs

    • C. 

      Essentially lyrical in nature

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 5. 
          Clara Wieck was
    • A. 

      the daughter of Schumann's piano teacher

    • B. 

      A virtuoso pianist

    • C. 

      Schumann's wife

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 6. 
    As a writer and critic, Schumann
    • A. 

      Founded and edited the "New Journal of Music"

    • B. 

      Discovered and made famous some of the leading composers of his day

    • C. 

      Wrote appreciative review of young "radical" composers like Chopin and Berlioz

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 7. 
    In the 1830s when Chopin lived in Paris, it was
    • A. 

      A center of romanticism

    • B. 

      The artistic capital of Europe

    • C. 

      The home of Victor Hugo, Honore de Balzac, and Heinrich Heine

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 8. 
    Chopin was
    • A. 

      An extroverted virtuoso

    • B. 

      Robust and flamboyant

    • C. 

      Shy and reserved

  • 9. 
    Liszt typified the romantic movement because he
    • A. 

      Had a charismatic personality

    • B. 

      Was a stupendous performer

    • C. 

      Was an innovative composer

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 10. 
    Liszt created the _____________________, a one-movement orchestral composition based to some extent on a literary or pictorial idea.
    • A. 

      Opera

    • B. 

      Symphonic poem

    • C. 

      Piano concerto

  • 11. 
    Mendelssohn is known as the man who rekindled an interest in the music of
    • A. 

      Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    • B. 

      Johann Sebastian Bach

    • C. 

      George Frideric Handel

  • 12. 
    Parisians were startled by Berlioz's Fantastic Symphony because of its
    • A. 

      Sensationally autobiographical program

    • B. 

      Amazingly novel orchestration

    • C. 

      Vivid description of the weird and diabolical

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 13. 
    Nadezhda von Meck was
    • A. 

      One of Tchaikovsky's lovers

    • B. 

      A wealthy benefactress who provided Tchaikovsky with an annuity

    • C. 

      Tchaikovsky's wife

  • 14. 
    At its premiere in 1870, Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Overture was
    • A. 

      A tremendous success

    • B. 

      A dismal failure

    • C. 

      Performed by a large orchestra, with chorus and cannon

  • 15. 
    Critics were often scandalized by the subject matter of Verdi's operas because they
    • A. 

      Commemorated the Suez canal, which was not even in Europe

    • B. 

      Were based on Shakespearean plays

    • C. 

      Seemed to condone rape, suicide, and free love

  • 16. 
    Verdi's great comic masterpiece, written when he was seventy-nine, is
    • A. 

      Il Trovatore

    • B. 

      Otello

    • C. 

      Falstaff

  • 17. 
    Verdi studied music in _____________, the city where Italy's most important opera house, La Scala, is located.
    • A. 

      New York City

    • B. 

      Venice

    • C. 

      Milan

  • 18. 
    Verdi mainly composed his operas
    • A. 

      To entertain a mass public

    • B. 

      For the Italian musical elite

    • C. 

      To glorify the singers

  • 19. 
    Puccini's opera has lasting appeal because
    • A. 

      He had a marvelous sense of theater

    • B. 

      His melodies have short, memorable phrases and are intensely emotional

    • C. 

      He minimized the difference between aria and recitative, thus created a continuous flow of music

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 20. 
    An artistic trend of the 1890s, in which operas dealt with ordinary people and true-to-life situations, was known as
    • A. 

      Cavalleria rusticana

    • B. 

      Verismo

    • C. 

      Exoticism

  • 21. 
    Wagner called his works "music dramas" rather than operas because
    • A. 

      There is a continuous musical flow within each act

    • B. 

      There are no breaks where applause can interrupt

    • C. 

      The vocal line is inspired by the rhythms and pitches of the German text

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 22. 
    A short musical idea associated with a person, object, or thought, used by Wagner in his operas, is called
    • A. 

      Leitmotif

    • B. 

      Lied

    • C. 

      Unending melody

  • 23. 
    Wagner had an opera house built to his own specifications in
    • A. 

      Weimar

    • B. 

      Miami

    • C. 

      Bayreuth

  • 24. 
    The deliberate intent to draw creative inspiration from the composer's own homeland is known as
    • A. 

      Exoticism

    • B. 

      Nationalism

    • C. 

      Verismo

  • 25. 
    The typical orchestra of the late romantic period numbered about ___________ musicians.
    • A. 

      15

    • B. 

      40

    • C. 

      100