Music Lecture Practice Exam 2

Who is the composer of this art song called "The Erlking"?a) Rossinib) Beethoven c) Schubertd) Verdi


How did the French composer Hector Berlioz call the following theme in his "Symphonie Fantastique"? a) Variationsb) Idee Fixec) Program d) Unending melody

Idee fixe

This theme is recurrent in Berlioz's story in "Symphonie Fanstique", what is the name of this movement?a) March to the Scaffoldb) A Ballc) Dream of a Witches' Sabbathd) Scene in the Country

Scene in the Country

Who composed this them which occurs in "Pictures at an Exhibition" in the movement called "The Great Gate of Kiev"?a) Mussorgskyb) Verdic) Wagnerd) Chopin


Who is the composer of this theme that occurs in the "Symphony from the New World"? a) Liszt b) John Philip Sousac) Dvorakd) Beriloz


This basso profondo voice depicts the role of which characters from Don Giovanni's opera? a) Don Giovannib) Commandant, the father of Donna Anna c) Aeneasd) Barber of Seville

Commandant, the father of Donna Anna

To which period does opera belong to? a) Renaissanceb) Baroquec) Romanticd) 20th Century


This basso buffo voice depicts the role of which character from Don Giovanni's opera?a) Don Giovannib) Radamesc) Tristand) Leporello

Don Giovanni

Who is the composer of the Requiem Mass?a) Monteverdib) Mozartc) Verdid) Purcell


The Dies irae text from this movement of the Requiem Mass describes:a) the resurrection of Christb) the birth of Christc) devotion to the Virgin Maryd) Judgement Day

Judgement Day

Which of the following best describes the mood of the Dies irae from Mozart's Requiem?a) gentle and comfortingb) lively and excitedc) fearful and then wondering d) humorous and light

fearful and then wondering

In musical compositions, a theme is:a) the composition's underlying meaningb) the composition's overall moodc) a musical idea that is used as a building blockd) a literary story that is associated with the work

a musical idea that is used as a building block

A composer can fragment a theme by dividing it into smaller units called:a) motivesb) codasc) sequencesd) modulations


The repetition of a motive at a higher or lower pitch level is called:a) a scaleb) a themec) a codad) a sequence

a sequence

The three main sections of a sonata form are the exposition, the development, and the:a) bridgeb) recapitulationc) codad) trio


In a sonata form, the section that features the most tension and drama through modulations and motivic interplay is the:a) exposition b) development c) recapitulationd) coda


In a sonata form, a modulatory section that leads from one theme to the next is called:a) codettab) developmentc) bridged) introduction


Mozart died while writing his:a) Requiemb) last symphony c) opera The Magic Fluted) opera The Marriage of Figaro


A drama that is sung is called:a) a madrigalb) an operac) a cantatad) a motet

an opera

The vocal style in opera that imitates the natural inflections of speech is called:a) Recitativeb) Ariac) Chorusd) Madrigal


A highly emotional song in an opera is called: a) an ariab) a chorusc) an ensemble d) a recitative

an aria

The orchestral introduction heard at the beginning of an opera is called: a) an overtureb) a ritornelloc) an ensembled) a recitative

an overture

The text of an opera is called:a) the lyricsb) the librettoc) the scriptd) the play

the libretto

Which of the following composers is regarded as the first master of opera?a) Monteverdib) Purcellc) Handeld) Puccini


In Monteverdi's opera Orpheus and Eurydice who was poisoned by the serpent?a) Orpheusb) Daphne c) Eurydiced) Sylvia


Dido sings her famous lament in Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas just prior to: a) Marrying Aeneasb) Killing Aeneasc) Killing herselfd) Leaving with Aeneas

killing herself

The tone of the Catalogue Aria from Mozart's Don Giovanni is: a) Tragicb) Sentimentalc) Romanticd) Comic


Which of the following descriptions characterizes the story of Don Giovanni?a) It is a tragedy.b) It presents a Greek myth.c) It mixes elements of opera seria and opera bufffa.d) It is a sacred drama with religious overtones.

It mixes elements of opera seria and opera buffa.

The German term for the art song is:a) Gesangb) Liedc) Durchkomponiertd) Chorale


Which of the following was NOT a typical theme in Romantic poetry?a)The beauty of nature. b) Love and longing. c) Praise of the Virgin Mary. d) The fleeting nature of human happiness.

Praise of the Virgin Mary

Which of the following is true of Schubert's Elfking?a) It is the masterpiece of his youth. b) It is based on a legend in which whoever is touched by the king of the elves must die. c) It presents four characters that are differentiated in the music. d) All of the above.

All of the above.

Which musical devices does Schubert use to portray the child's terror in Elfking?a) lilting melody in major mode.b) high range and dissonancec) low range and consonant harmonyd) medium range in minor mode

high range and dissonance

Which of the following instruments is capable of playing both melody and harmony?a) violinb) oboec) trumpetd) piano


Which 19th century composer's entire output centers on the piano?a) Brahmsb) Lisztc) Chopind) Berlioz


Instrumental music that is endowed with literary, philosophical, or pictorial associated called:a) Absolute musicb) Program musicc) Background musicd) Pure music

Program music

Which of the following inspired Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique?a) Goethe's poems b) the actress Harriet Smithsonc) Beethoven's Ninth Symphonyd) Bach's music

the actress Harriet Smithson

In Berlioz's Symphonie fanstastique, what is the idee fixe?a) a chant from the Mass for the Dead that appears in the finale. b) A shepherd song in the third movement.c) the basic theme of the symphony, heard in every movement. d) a theme and variations, heard in the march movement.

the basic theme of the symphony, heard in every movement

Nationalistic composers expressed their nationalism by:a) Using songs and dances from their home countries in their works. b) Borrowing exotic styles from other countries. c) Writing absolute music. d) All of the above.

All of the above

Which of the following is NOT a type of absolute music?a) the concertob) the symphonyc) the piano triod) the symphonic poem

the symphonic poem

In the Romantic era, concerts had moved from:a) The opera house to the church.b) The aristocratic palace to the church.c) The aristocratic palace to the public concert hall. d) The public concert hall to the aristocratic palace.

The aristocratic palace to the public concert hall.

Verdi's opera Nabucco was hugely popular in Italy because it:a) Was interpreted as a symbol of Italian independence. b) Had raunchy dance scenes. c) Contained popular tunes. d) Was based on Roman history.

Was interpreted as a symbol of Italian independence.