ch. 17 intro. to music

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All movements of Bach’s Cantata No. 140 make use of the chorale tune Wachet auf.


What is the form of the chorale tune Wachet auf?

bar form (A-A-B)

The libretto for Handel’s oratorio Messiah is a compilation of verses from the Bible.


Chorales were intended to be sung by a trained choir.


Which of the following does NOT characterize an oratorio?

elaborate scenery

During his lifetime, Johann Sebastian Bach was primarily known as a great organist.


"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion" from Messiah is an example of:

a da capo aria.

The famous choral climax in Part II of Handel’s Messiah is:

the "Hallelujah Chorus."

The "Hallelujah Chorus" is the climax of the Christmas section of Messiah.


__________ was born in Germany and studied in Italy, but spent much of his creative life in England.


George Frideric Handel was considered a master of:

the oratorio.

Which of the following does NOT describe a chorale?

Chorale tunes were originally conceived for polyphonic settings.

The stories for oratorios are generally drawn from:

the Bible.

When Handel arrived in London, he established his fame by composing:


Messiah begins with a French overture.


The oratorio was a dramatic, staged work with elaborate scenery and costumes.


Why is Messiah so popular in England and America today?

all of the above

Johann Sebastian Bach lived a short, unhappy life and had no children.


A chorale is a hymn tune associated with German Protestantism.


The opening movement of Bach’s cantata Wachet auf is best described as:

a grand chorale fantasia.

During his lifetime, Bach held the position of:

all of the above

Which of the following is Handel’s most famous oratorio, frequently performed today?


In Wachet auf, Bach avoids mirroring the form of the chorale in his chorale movements.


Bach’s Cantata No. 140, Wachet auf, has __________ movements.


The duet from Bach’s cantata Wachet auf (movement 3) is in ____________ form.

da capo (A-B-A)

A cantata must be written on a religious or sacred theme.


Late in life, Handel turned his efforts from the opera to:

the oratorio.

The role of the chorus was especially important in the oratorio.


Bach was most famous in his day as a performer on:

the organ.

Bach completed just under one hundred cantatas in his lifetime.


Handel’s Messiah is:

an oratorio.

The sacred cantata was an integral part of the:

Lutheran church service.

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