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Cultural Literacy Test - Music II
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Bach, Telemann, and Handel were composers of the
What is a melody?
a logical succession of single musical notes
a structure of chords
a body of singers with several performers for each part
a written symbol used to represent duration and pitch
The composer of the Brandenburg Concertos, the Mass in B Minor, and The Well-Tempered Clavier is
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Johann Sebastian Bach
Ludwig van Beethoven
For what was Billie Holiday best known?
her interpretation of the roles of Aida and Mimi in La Boheme
collaborating with Oscar Hammerstein to write South Pacific
Interpreting and singing the blues and popular music
winning the Brussels Music Competition at the age of twelve
Afternoon of a Faun, Les Sylphides, and Parade are all
none of the above
Igor Stravinsky composed
Der Rosenkavalter, Salome, and Don Quixote
The Moldau, Czech Dances, and The Bartered Bride
The Firebird, The Rites of Spring, and Petroushka
The Heir Apparent and Maharajah
What is a symphony?
a vocal work with instrumental accompaniment
an orchestral work, usually in three or four movements
a dance in slow 3/4 time with syncopated rhythms
a sacred text set to music for chorus, soloists, and orchestra
Das Rheingold, Die Walkdre, Siegfried, and Die Gotterddmmerung are
a series of ballets by Peter Ily1ch Tchatkovsky
a group of cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach
a cycle of operas by Richard Wagner
a collection of symphonies by Ludwig van Beethoven
What is chamber music?
instrumental music limited to a few performers
opera performed in a small room, or chamber
organ music performed in the chamber adjoining a church nave
a work in several movements intended for evening entertainment
Which instruments belong to the brass family?
violin, viola, cello, bass
harpsichord, piano, accordion, organ
flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet
cornet, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn
Johannes Brahms was a master of
all of the above
What is a concerto?
a work in which a soloist contrasts with other instruments
a small group of performers playing different instruments
a dance in 3/4 time that came into popularity during the eighteenth century
a song for two or three voices to a text about the birth of Christ
When a musical piece builds to a crescendo,
a chorus joins in
it gets louder
the wind section joins in
it gets quieter
Among Aaron Copland's compositions are
The Three-Cornered Hat and Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Krazy Kat, Skyscrapers, and Adventures in a Perarnbulator
Billy the Kid, Rodeo, and Appalachian Spring
Shaneurs and At Dawning
When and where might you have danced the minuet?
England in the sixteenth century
France in the seventeenth century
Germany in the nineteenth century
Italy in the fourteenth century
What is harmony?
the bass line in a choral piece
a recurring theme in a musical composition symbolizing an idea or object
the structure and relationships of chords
a change of key
Eugene Onegin, Romeo and Juliet, and Sleeping Beauty are compositions by
Peter Ilyich Tchatkovsky
The string section of an orchestra includes
xylophone, triangle, and cymbals
bassoon, piccolo, oboe, and flute
cello, viola, double bass, and violin
lute, guitar, theorboe, and chitarrone
La Traviata, Carmen, and Madame Butterfly are examples of
Don Giovanni, Eine kleineNachtmusik, and The Magic Flute are works by
Ludwig van Beethoven
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
What is a synthesizer?
a wind instrument similar to the oboe
an electronic apparatus that can produce musical sounds
a device used by composers to vary the stress on notes
the section of an organ that increases or diminishes the volume of sound
Which of these composers wrote during the romantic period?
Haydn, Mozart, and Gluck
Monteverdi, Vivaldi, and Scarlatti
Schubert, Brahms, and Mendelssohn
Bartok, Debussy, and Schoenberg
George Gershwin is the composer of
Orpheus in Hades and Tales of Hofman
Porgy and Bess, Rhapsody in Blue, and An American in Paris
Schelomo, Baal Shem, and Sacred Service
The Three-Penny Opera, Down in the Valley, and Mahagonny
Chopin is best known for
operas and symphonies
ballets and chorales
mazurkas and etudes
all of the above
The sitar, the tabla, and the sarangi are all
dances from Indonesia
musical instruments from India
musical instruments from Japan
Middle Eastern religious chants
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