Music Appreciation

1.   Which of the following did not influence William Grant Still’s composition, Afro-American Symphony?
 

   A. Work songs
   B. Ragtime
   C. Spirituals
   D. Lutheran hymns

 

 
                   
2.   Haydn’s position at the Esterházy palace was that of a/an                  
 

   A. nobleman.
   B. priest.
   C. honored son.
   D. servant.

 

                 
3.   Which scale does John Cage’s 4’33” use?
 

   A. None
   B. Heptatonic
   C. Hexatonic
   D. Pentatonic

 

4.   An art song is a musical setting of a
 

   A. poem.
   B. Bible story.
   C. drawing.
   D. painting.

 

5.   Many African cultures had griots. What was their function?
 

   A. They were solo performers of complex instrumental music.
   B. They were healers.
   C. They were slaves.
   D. They were singers who kept track of governmental and historical information, passing it on in song.

 

6.   The Rite of Spring culminates in the sacrifice of a virgin by
 

   A. beheading.
   B. strangulation.
   C. fire.
   D. dancing to death.

 

7.   Debussy’s primary goal as a composer was to
 

   A. create exquisitely crafted works.
   B. give pleasure and appeal to the senses.
   C. express extreme emotions.
   D. create abstract works in reaction to German romanticism.

 

 
                   
8.   Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro is based on a play by                  
 

   A. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
   B. Beaumarchais.
   C. Franz Joseph Haydn.
   D. Lorenzo da Ponte.

 

                 
9.   A sonata de chiesa was written to be performed in a
 

   A. concert hall.
   B. private residence.
   C. church.
   D. palace.

 

10.   A homophonic baroque recitative is probably scored for
 

   A. solo voice and continuo.
   B. a vocal duet.
   C. chorus and orchestra.
   D. string quartet.

 

11.   Haydn’s opus 33 string quartets were first performed for
 

   A. Johann Solomon in London.
   B. the future Russian Tsar Paul I and his wife.
   C. Prince Esterházy.
   D. the emperor of Austria.

 

12.   In his art song, “Erlkönig,” Schubert uses new music for each verse. This form is called
 

   A. irregular.
   B. sonata.
   C. through-composed.
   D. strophic.

 

13.   Which of the following vocal styles was not used in the cantata?
 

   A. Aria
   B. Chorus
   C. Recitative
   D. Motet

 

14.   Which of the following musicians was involved in the creation of cool jazz?
 

   A. Miles Davis
   B. Dave Brubeck
   C. Charlie Parker
   D. Dizzy Gillespie

 

15.   The style of painting exemplified by Gauguin’s works is called
 

   A. cubism.
   B. neoclassicism.
   C. primitivism.
   D. serialism.

 

16.   How many movements does a program symphony usually have?
 

   A. One
   B. As many as needed
   C. Three
   D. Two

 

17.   Which of the following composers was most influenced by Indian music?
 

   A. Henry Cowell
   B. John Cage
   C. Terry Riley
   D. Edgard Varèse

 

18.   In sonata form, modulation occurs during the _______ section.
 

   A. recapitulation
   B. development
   C. ritornello
   D. exposition

 

 

19.   Which style of jazz grew out of Louis Armstrong’s style of cornet playing?
 

   A. Dixieland
   B. Swing
   C. Blues
   D. Ragtime

 

20.   Smetana’s symphonic poem, “The Moldau,” reflects the composer’s Bohemian nationalism and includes
 

   A. imagery suggesting natural landmarks.
   B. only traditional Bohemian instruments.
   C. Germanic dance melodies.
   D. allusions to the works of Beethoven and Mozart.

 

21.   Many romantic composers wrote
 

   A. choral music.
   B. madrigals.
   C. folk songs.
   D. plainchant.

 

22.   “Erlkönig” was composed by
 

   A. Robert Schumann.
   B. Aurore Dudevant.
   C. Clara Schumann.
   D. Franz Schubert.

 

23.   A percussive Indonesian musical ensemble is called a/an
 

   A. drum circle.
   B. gamelan.
   C. Ewe ensemble.
   D. raga.

 

24.   Varèse wrote Ionisation for
 

   A. orchestra.
   B. percussion ensemble.
   C. magnetic tape.
   D. electronic instruments.

 

25.   Which of the following percussion instruments has definite pitch?
 

   A. A glockenspiel
   B. A bass drum
   C. A triangle
   D. Cymbals

 

26.   Beethoven’s music combines aspects of both the _______ eras.
 

   A. classical and romantic
   B. Renaissance and classical
   C. modern and romantic
   D. classical and baroque

 

27.   The libretto for Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas is written in
 

   A. Italian.
   B. Latin.
   C. English.
   D. German.

 

28.   Handel’s Water Music is an orchestral suite, or a collection of
 

   A. dances.
   B. motets.
   C. sacred songs.
   D. improvised variations

 

29.   Which conflict does the plot of The Marriage of Figaro foreshadow?
 

   A. The Thirty Years’ War
   B. The Mexican Revolution
   C. The French Revolution
   D. The Battle of Waterloo

 

30.   “Im Wunderschönen Monat Mai” is
 

   A. in modified strophic form.
   B. a da capo aria.
   C. in strophic form.
   D. through composed.

 

31.   Which style of art did Wassily Kandinsky pioneer?
 

   A. Abstract
   B. Cubism
   C. Romanticism
   D. Impressionism

 

32.   The front line in a Dixieland combo often includes
 

   A. bass, trombone, and drums.
   B. cornet, clarinet, and trombone
   C. cornet, clarinet, and piano.
   D. bass, drums, and piano

 

33.   Renaissance motets, like Josquin des Prez’s “Ave Maria,” were
 

   A. secular.
   B. sacred.
   C. in the vernacular.
   D. monophonic.

 

34.   The predominant keyboard instrument of the classical period was the
 

   A. harpsichord.
   B. piano.
   C. organ.
   D. clavichord.

 

35.   Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s composing career was less extensive than her brother Felix’s. This is probably because she was
 

   A. not interested in music.
   B. younger.
   C. female.
   D. religious.

 

36.   The New Orleans-born composer who incorporated African-Caribbean rhythms and Creole melodies in his compositions was
 

   A. Scott Joplin.
   B. Lowell Mason.
   C. Louis Moreau Gottschalk.
   D. Charles Ives.

 

37.   Which composition was written to be performed on a barge on the Thames River?
 

   A.  The Four Seasons
   B.  Messiah
   C.  Water Music
   D. Brandenburg Concerto no. 5

 

38.   Handel’s Messiah is a/an
 

   A. cantata.
   B. opera.
   C. oratorio.
   D. madrigal.

 

39.   Richard Wagner composed a unique style of opera called
 

   A. lyric opera.
   B. opera buffa.
   C. music drama.
   D. opera seria.

 

40.   Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons is an early example of
 

   A. an oratorio.
   B. program music.
   C. choral music.
   D. a flute concerto

 

 

1.

 

Which of the following did

 

not

 

influence William Grant Still’s composition,

 

Afro

American Symphony?

 

 

 

 

 

A.

 

Work songs

 

 

B.

 

Ragtime

 

 

C.

 

Spirituals

 

 

D.

 

Lutheran hymns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.

 

Haydn’s position at the Esterházy palace was that of a/an

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A.

 

nobleman.

 

 

B.

 

priest.

 

 

C.

 

honored son.

 

 

D.

 

servant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.

 

Which scale does John Cage’s

 

4’33”

 

use?

 

 

 

 

 

A.

 

None

 

 

B.

 

Heptatonic

 

 

C.

 

Hexatonic

 

 

D.

 

Pentatonic

 

 

4.

 

An art song is a musical setting of a

 

 

 

 

 

A.

 

poem.

 

 

B.

 

Bible story.

 

 

C.

 

drawing.

 

 

D.

 

painting.

 

 

5.

 

Many African cultures had griots. What was their function?

 

 

 

 

 

A.

 

They were solo performers of complex instrumental music.

 

 

B.

 

They were healers.

 

 

C.

 

They were slaves.

 

 

D.

 

They were

 

singers who kept track of governmental and historical information, passing it

on in song.

 

 

6.

 

The Rite of Spring

 

culminates in the sacrifice of a virgin by

 

 

 

 

 

A.

 

beheading.

 

1. Which of the following did not influence William Grant Still’s composition, Afro-

American Symphony?

 

A. Work songs

B. Ragtime

C. Spirituals

D. Lutheran hymns

 

 

2. Haydn’s position at the Esterházy palace was that of a/an

 

 

A. nobleman.

B. priest.

C. honored son.

D. servant.

 

 

3. Which scale does John Cage’s 4’33” use?

 

A. None

B. Heptatonic

C. Hexatonic

D. Pentatonic

 

4. An art song is a musical setting of a

 

A. poem.

B. Bible story.

C. drawing.

D. painting.

 

5. Many African cultures had griots. What was their function?

 

A. They were solo performers of complex instrumental music.

B. They were healers.

C. They were slaves.

D. They were singers who kept track of governmental and historical information, passing it

on in song.

 

6. The Rite of Spring culminates in the sacrifice of a virgin by

 

A. beheading.

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