Review Quiz: Test Your Knowledge About Baroque Suite! Trivia

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Review Quiz: Test Your Knowledge About Baroque Suite! Trivia - Quiz

A quick quiz to check how much you can remember about the dances from the Baroque Suite that you need to know about for your listening exam (GCSE AQA).


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of the following dances originated in Great Britain?

    • A.

      Sarabande

    • B.

      Minuet

    • C.

      Gigue

    • D.

      Gavotte

    Correct Answer
    C. Gigue
    Explanation
    The gigue is from Great Britain.
    The other dances originate from the following places:
    sarabande - Latin America & Spain
    minuet & gavotte - France

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  • 2. 

    Which of the following dances remained popular during the Classical period, being used in instrumental works such as symphonies?

    • A.

      Sarabande

    • B.

      Gavotte

    • C.

      Gigue

    • D.

      Minuet

    Correct Answer
    D. Minuet
    Explanation
    During the Classical period, the minuet dance remained popular and was often used in instrumental works such as symphonies. The minuet is a social dance in triple meter, characterized by its elegant and graceful movements. It was commonly performed at formal social gatherings and became a staple in the courtly dances of the time. Composers like Mozart and Haydn frequently incorporated minuets into their symphonies, using them as a contrasting movement between faster and more energetic sections. The minuet's enduring popularity during the Classical period makes it the correct answer in this context.

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  • 3. 

    How many beats in a bar does a sarabande have?

    • A.

      2

    • B.

      3

    • C.

      4

    Correct Answer
    B. 3
    Explanation
    A sarabande is a slow, stately dance in triple meter, typically found in Baroque music. It is characterized by its emphasis on the second beat of each measure, giving it a distinct rhythmic pattern. This pattern consists of three beats in a bar, with the second beat being the strongest. Therefore, the correct answer is 3.

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  • 4. 

    What is the structure of a minuet?

    • A.

      Binary (AB)

    • B.

      Ternary (ABA)

    Correct Answer
    B. Ternary (ABA)
    Explanation
    The other three dances we have looked at all use binary structure.

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  • 5. 

    A gigue is most likely to have which of the following key signatures?

    • A.

      2/4

    • B.

      6/8

    • C.

      3/4

    • D.

      5/4

    Correct Answer
    B. 6/8
    Explanation
    The gigue is written in compound time (each beat contains three quavers).

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  • 6. 

    A sarabande and a minuet both have three beats in a bar, but one of them is much slower. Which one is the slower dance?

    • A.

      Sarabande

    • B.

      Minuet

    Correct Answer
    A. Sarabande
    Explanation
    A sarabande and a minuet both have three beats in a bar, but the sarabande is the slower dance. The sarabande is a slow and stately dance that originated in Spain, while the minuet is a slightly faster dance that originated in France. Despite both having three beats in a bar, the sarabande is typically performed at a slower tempo, with more emphasis on each beat, making it the slower dance of the two.

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  • 7. 

    A rhythmic feature of one of the dances is a two-beat anacrusis. This means that the piece (and the musical phrases) starts on the third beat of the bar and the missing first two beats are added at the end. Which dance is it?

    • A.

      Sarabande

    • B.

      Gavotte

    • C.

      Gigue

    • D.

      Minuet

    Correct Answer
    B. Gavotte
    Explanation
    The correct answer is gavotte. In a gavotte, the rhythmic feature of a two-beat anacrusis is present. This means that the piece and the musical phrases start on the third beat of the bar, and the missing first two beats are added at the end.

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  • 8. 

    Which of the dances has an accent or a halting feeling on the second beat of the bar?

    • A.

      Sarabande

    • B.

      Gavotte

    • C.

      Gigue

    • D.

      Minuet

    Correct Answer
    A. Sarabande
    Explanation
    The sarabande is a dance that originated in Spain and later became popular in France. It is known for its slow and stately tempo, with a strong emphasis on the second beat of the bar. This accent or halting feeling on the second beat gives the sarabande its distinctive character and sets it apart from the other dances listed. The gavotte, gigue, and minuet are all dances that have their own unique rhythms and characteristics, but they do not typically have the same accent or halting feeling on the second beat as the sarabande does.

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  • 9. 

    Which of the following instruments would you NOT expect to hear playing a dance from the Baroque Suite?

    • A.

      Timpani

    • B.

      Harpsichord

    • C.

      Flute

    • D.

      Saxophone

    • E.

      Bassoon

    Correct Answer
    D. Saxophone
    Explanation
    The saxophone is not typically found in Baroque music as it was invented much later, in the 19th century. The Baroque period, which lasted from the late 16th to the early 18th century, was characterized by a different set of instruments, such as the harpsichord, flute, and bassoon. The timpani, although more commonly associated with orchestral music, could still be used in certain Baroque compositions. However, the saxophone would be an anachronistic addition to a Baroque dance suite.

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  • 10. 

    Which of the following is a typical line-up of a Baroque orchestra?

    • A.

      Strings, harpsichord, timpani

    • B.

      Strings, piano, full brass, woodwind and percussion sections

    • C.

      Strings, harpsichord, flute, oboe, bassoon, horn, trumpet, timpani

    Correct Answer
    C. Strings, harpsichord, flute, oboe, bassoon, horn, trumpet, timpani
    Explanation
    The typical line-up of a Baroque orchestra includes strings, harpsichord, flute, oboe, bassoon, horn, trumpet, and timpani. This combination of instruments was commonly used during the Baroque period and is representative of the orchestral sound of that time. The inclusion of strings, harpsichord, and various wind and brass instruments allows for a rich and diverse musical texture, characteristic of Baroque music.

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