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  • 1. 

    Describe anything you can remember about the Alberti Bass. Include which Period you think it belongs to, and talk about its usage. No more than two sentences.

  • 2. 

    Can you think of three leading composers from the Baroque period? Name them as best as you can remember.

  • 3. 

    Mention at least five things you can remember which help you identify Romantic Period Music

  • 4. 

    Which of these dates best defines the Baroque Period in Music?

    • A.

      1550-1715

    • B.

      1650-1785

    • C.

      1600-1750

    • D.

      1615-1765

    Correct Answer
    C. 1600-1750
    Explanation
    The Baroque Period in music is generally defined as spanning from around 1600 to 1750. This period is characterized by ornate and elaborate musical compositions, with a focus on intricate melodies, rich harmonies, and dramatic expression. Composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, and Antonio Vivaldi were prominent figures during this time. The given answer of 1600-1750 aligns with the commonly accepted timeframe for the Baroque Period in music.

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  • 5. 

    When do you think this piece was composed?

    • A.

      Renaissance Period

    • B.

      Late Romantic Period

    • C.

      Classical Period

    • D.

      Baroque Period

    • E.

      20th Century

    Correct Answer
    C. Classical Period
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Classical Period. The Classical Period in music history spans from approximately 1750 to 1820. This period is known for its balance, clarity, and simplicity in musical composition, with composers such as Mozart and Haydn being prominent figures. The style of music during this period was characterized by symphonies, sonatas, and chamber music, with a focus on formal structures and melodic elegance.

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  • 6. 

    Which of these choices reminds you of the Renaissance Period?

    • A.

      Modalism

    • B.

      Alberti Bass

    • C.

      Basso Ostinato

    • D.

      Gregorian Chant

    • E.

      Start of Polyphony

    • F.

      Secular Music more popular

    • G.

      Orfeo

    • H.

      Expression of self most important

    • I.

      Simplicity was vital

    • J.

      Ornamentation and Ostentatious

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Modalism
    D. Gregorian Chant
    E. Start of Polyphony
    F. Secular Music more popular
    G. Orfeo
    Explanation
    The Renaissance period was known for its focus on humanism, the arts, and a shift towards secularism. Modalism, Gregorian Chant, Start of Polyphony, Secular Music more popular, and Orfeo all align with characteristics of the Renaissance period. Modalism refers to the use of different musical modes, which was common during the Renaissance. Gregorian Chant was a type of religious vocal music that was prevalent during this time. The start of polyphony, the use of multiple voices or melodies, was a significant development in Renaissance music. The popularity of secular music and the opera Orfeo also reflect the changing cultural and musical landscape of the Renaissance.

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  • 7. 

    Which was the first surviving opera?

    • A.

      Jacopo Peri's Euridice 

    • B.

      Claudio Monteverdi's L'Orfeo

    • C.

      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 's Idomeneo

    • D.

      Vincenzo Bellini's Norma

    Correct Answer
    A. Jacopo Peri's Euridice 
    Explanation
    Jacopo Peri's Euridice is considered the first surviving opera because it was the earliest known work that combined music and drama in a structured and complete form. It was composed in 1600 and is recognized as the first opera that was specifically written to be performed as such. The opera tells the story of Orpheus and Eurydice and was groundbreaking in its use of recitative, a style of singing that closely imitates speech. Euridice set the foundation for the development of opera as an art form and paved the way for future composers to explore this genre.

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  • 8. 

     In which year, famous composer Bacilly published a collection of “songs to dance and drink to”?

    • A.

      1783

    • B.

      1619

    • C.

      1564

    • D.

      1688

    Correct Answer
    B. 1619
    Explanation
    In 1619, the famous composer Bacilly published a collection of "songs to dance and drink to".

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  • 9. 

    What was the major characteristic associated with the Baroque Period?

    • A.

      Grandeur

    • B.

      Serenity

    • C.

      Nationalism

    • D.

      Liberalism 

    Correct Answer
    A. Grandeur
    Explanation
    During the Baroque Period, grandeur was a major characteristic associated with the art, architecture, and music of the time. The Baroque style was known for its ornate and extravagant features, with a focus on creating a sense of drama and awe. This can be seen in the elaborate decorations, intricate details, and grand scale of Baroque buildings and artworks. The music of the Baroque period also reflected this grandeur, with composers often creating complex and majestic compositions that showcased the technical skills of performers. Overall, grandeur was a defining characteristic of the Baroque Period, representing the opulence and splendor of the era.

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