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Cultural Literacy Test - Music II

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1. Bach, Telemann, and Handel were composers of the
classical period
baroque period
romantic period
rococo period
2. 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
3. The composer of the Brandenburg Concertos, the Mass in B Minor, and The Well-Tempered Clavier is
Philip Glass
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Johann Sebastian Bach
Ludwig van Beethoven
4. 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
5. Afternoon of a Faun, Les Sylphides, and Parade are all
none of the above
6. 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
7. 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
8. 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
9. 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
10. Which instruments belong to the brass family?
violin, viola, cello, bass
harpsichord, piano, accordion, organ
flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet
cornet, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn
11. Johannes Brahms was a master of
the symphony
chamber music
the sonata
all of the above
12. 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
13. When a musical piece builds to a crescendo,
a chorus joins in
it gets louder
the wind section joins in
it gets quieter
14. 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
15. 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
16. 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
17. Eugene Onegin, Romeo and Juliet, and Sleeping Beauty are compositions by
Frederic Chopin
Giacomo Puccini
Richard Strauss
Peter Ilyich Tchatkovsky
18. 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
19. La Traviata, Carmen, and Madame Butterfly are ex­amples of
20. Don Giovanni, Eine kleineNachtmusik, and The Magic Flute are works by
Ludwig van Beethoven
Gian-Carlo Menotti
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Henry Purcell
21. 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
22. 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
23. 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
24. Chopin is best known for
operas and symphonies
ballets and chorales
mazurkas and etudes
all of the above
25. The sitar, the tabla, and the sarangi are all
dances from Indonesia
musical instruments from India
musical instruments from Japan
Middle Eastern religious chants
Excellent. You are on your way to true cultural literacy.
Good. You have more than a passing knowledge of this subject.
Fair. You have a competent grasp of many aspects of this subject.
Poor. You could use some improvement in this area.
Below 60%
Time for literacy training.
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