Musical Vocabulary (Area Of Study: Film Music)

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Film Quizzes & Trivia

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Write the word that describes a musical pattern that is repeated while the rest of the music changes around it?
  • 2. 
    A pedal note is....
    • A. 

      A long note in the bass.

    • B. 

      A note that you play on the piano when you hold down the sustain pedal.

    • C. 

      A note that is sustained or repeated while the rest of the music changes around it.

  • 3. 
    Write the word that describes a main tune in a film which represents a particular character, object or idea in the story (like the Jaws theme represents the shark).
  • 4. 
    A ground bass is...
    • A. 

      A short bass phrase which is repeated many times with varied upper parts.

    • B. 

      A short bass phrase which is played very loudly.

    • C. 

      A short bass phrase which is repeated in other parts.

  • 5. 
    If a composer wanted to draw attention to something going horribly wrong for a character in the film, which of the following devices would be appropriate?
    • A. 

      A fanfare in a major key played on a trumpet.

    • B. 

      Using a simple melody with a decrescendo.

    • C. 

      Playing the character's leitmotif but in an altered form, using dissonant notes.

  • 6. 
    If you wanted to show that a fight scene was coming to a climax, which of the following musical devices would be most appropriate?
    • A. 

      A decrease in tempo and dynamics.

    • B. 

      An increase in tempo and dynamics.

  • 7. 
    How would using an unusual key signature and lots of dissonance make the listener feel?
    • A. 


    • B. 


    • C. 


  • 8. 
    How would a composer link music to a certain place or time?
    • A. 

      Use traditional instruments and music from that place.

    • B. 

      Use a fast tempo and a ground bass.

    • C. 

      Use lots of different instruments and a polyphonic texture.

  • 9. 
    Which type of texture would be used to show that there were lots of people in the scene all taking part in the action?
    • A. 


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  • 10. 
    In horror films, composers sometimes use _________ before a very loud bit to make you jump.
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