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Opera Music Quizzes & Trivia

For the RCM History 2 exam from Ashby Musical Enterprises


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What was the name of the group of Italian artists, writers and musicians who sought to revive Greek drama?

    • A.

      Florentine Camerata

    • B.

      Le Nuove Musiche

    • C.

      Orfeo

    • D.

      Stile Rappresentativo

    Correct Answer
    A. Florentine Camerata
    Explanation
    The Florentine Camerata was a group of Italian artists, writers, and musicians who aimed to revive Greek drama. They believed that ancient Greek music and drama were closely intertwined and sought to recreate the emotional and expressive power of Greek tragedy. The Camerata's ideas and experiments in music and drama laid the foundation for the development of opera in the early 17th century.

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  • 2. 

    Which style of writing became popular with composers from the group in question #1?

    • A.

      Homophony

    • B.

      Monody

    • C.

      Monophony

    • D.

      Polyphony

    Correct Answer
    B. Monody
    Explanation
    Monody is the correct answer because it refers to a style of writing that became popular with composers from the group mentioned in question #1. Monody is characterized by a single melodic line with instrumental accompaniment, often used in solo vocal music. It emerged during the Baroque period and was favored by composers such as Claudio Monteverdi.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following was a musical collection by Giulio Caccini?

    • A.

      Le nuove musiche

    • B.

      Musica trasalpina

    • C.

      Orfeo

    • D.

      The triumphs of Oriana

    Correct Answer
    A. Le nuove musiche
    Explanation
    "Le nuove musiche" was a musical collection by Giulio Caccini. This collection, published in 1602, is considered one of the most important and influential works in the history of vocal music. It contains a series of solo songs, or madrigals, which marked a shift from the polyphonic style of the Renaissance to a more expressive and soloistic style. Caccini's "Le nuove musiche" played a significant role in the development of the Baroque period and the emergence of the monodic style, which emphasized the emotional and dramatic qualities of the music.

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  • 4. 

    When was the first public opera house opened in Venice?

    • A.

      1588

    • B.

      1600

    • C.

      1607

    • D.

      1637

    Correct Answer
    D. 1637
    Explanation
    In 1637, the first public opera house was opened in Venice. This marked a significant milestone in the history of opera, as it was the first time that opera performances were made accessible to the general public. Prior to this, opera was mainly performed for aristocrats and the elite. The opening of the public opera house in Venice allowed a wider audience to experience and enjoy opera, contributing to its popularity and development as an art form.

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  • 5. 

    Monteverdi was born in...

    • A.

      Cremona

    • B.

      Mantua

    • C.

      Venice

    • D.

      Vienna

    Correct Answer
    A. Cremona
    Explanation
    Monteverdi was born in Cremona.

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  • 6. 

    Monteverdi married...

    • A.

      The daughter of the Maestro di Cappella at the Cremona cathedral

    • B.

      A singer at the Gonzaga court in Mantua

    • C.

      A nun associated with St. Mark's cathedral in Venice

    • D.

      A violinist at the Venice opera house

    Correct Answer
    B. A singer at the Gonzaga court in Mantua
    Explanation
    Monteverdi married a singer at the Gonzaga court in Mantua. This suggests that Monteverdi had a connection to the Gonzaga court and was likely involved in the musical activities there. Marrying a singer would also indicate that music played a significant role in Monteverdi's life and that he valued the talent and skill of his spouse.

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  • 7. 

    Monteverdi died in...

    • A.

      1607

    • B.

      1637

    • C.

      1643

    • D.

      1685

    Correct Answer
    C. 1643
    Explanation
    Monteverdi died in 1643. This is the correct answer because it matches the information given in the question. The question asks for the year of Monteverdi's death, and the only option that matches is 1643.

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  • 8. 

    Monteverdi is known for...

    • A.

      Madrigals and masses

    • B.

      Masses and motets

    • C.

      Motets and operas

    • D.

      Operas and madrigals

    Correct Answer
    D. Operas and madrigals
    Explanation
    Monteverdi is known for operas and madrigals. He was an Italian composer who played a significant role in the development of opera as a musical form. His operas, such as "L'Orfeo" and "The Coronation of Poppea," were groundbreaking and influential. Monteverdi also composed numerous madrigals, which are secular vocal pieces typically written for several voices. His madrigals, such as those found in his collections "Books of Madrigals," are known for their expressive and emotional qualities.

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