Baroque Period

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Which of the following characteristics best describe the baroque style?

Affections, focus on form and structure

A polyphonic composition based on one main theme is the:


The baroque style was well suited to the:


A baroque musical composition usually expresses ___________ within the same movement.

one basic mood

The large group of players in a concerto grosso is known as the

emotional states or moods of music

The first and last movements of the concerto grosso are often in ________ form.


Baroque style flourished in music during the period
A. 1000-1250.
B. 1250-1450.
C. 1450-1600.
D. 1600-1750.

D. 1600-1750.

The two giants of baroque composition were George Frideric Handel and
A. Johann Christian Bach.
B. Johann Sebastian Bach.
C. Giovanni Gabrieli.
D. Galileo Galilei.

B. Johann Sebastian Bach.

One of the most revolutionary periods in music history was the
A. Renaissance.
B. early baroque.
C. middle baroque.
D. late baroque.

B. Early baroque.

Monteverdi, an early baroque composer, strove to create music that was
A. difficult to perform.
B. passionate and dramatic.
C. extremely complex.
D. placid and smooth.

B. passionate and dramatic.

The early and late baroque periods differed in that composers in the early baroque
A. favored polyphonic texture.
B. favored homophonic texture.
C. used extremely complex harmonies.
D. favored purely instrumental music.

B. favored homophonic texture.

Instrumental music became as important as vocal music for the first time in the ____________ period.
A. Renaissance
B. early baroque
C. middle baroque
D. late baroque

D. late baroque

Melodic sequence refers to
A. a composition by Vivaldi.
B. a preferred method of tuning an instrument.
C. the successive repetition of a musical idea at higher or lower pitches.
D. the pedagogical steps in learning to play an instrument.

C. the successive repetition of a musical idea at higher or lower pitches.

The main keyboard instruments of the baroque period were the organ and the
A. clavichord.
B. harpsichord.
C. piano.
D. accordion.

B. harpsichord.

The orchestra evolved during the baroque period into a performing group based on instruments of the ____________ family.
A. violin
B. woodwind
C. brass
D. percussion

A. violin

The position of the composer during the baroque period was that of
A. a free agent working on commissions.
B. an equal to the nobility, based on merit.
C. a high-class servant with few personal rights.
D. a low-class wandering minstrel.

C. A high-class servant with few personal rights.

In the baroque period, the ordinary citizen’s opportunities for hearing music usually came from the
A. corner tavern.
B. church.
C. concert hall.
D. court.

B. church.

Oratorio differs from opera in that it has no
A. orchestral accompaniment.
B. acting, scenery, or costumes.
C. choral part.
D. vocal soloists.

B. acting, scenery, or costumes.

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