ch. 41 intro. to music

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Summertime is a lively song that suggests the excitement of summer.


Who wrote the lyrics for West Side Story?

Stephen Sondheim

Which of the following musicals was written and produced by the Disney studios?

The Lion King

Victor Herbert revamped the operetta to American tastes with works like:

Babes in Toyland

The plot of Porgy and Bess takes place in Chicago.


Of the following, which does NOT describe Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess?

The music combines jazz with the modern techniques of Schoenberg.

Bernstein’s West Side Story deals with rival youth gangs in Los Angeles.


Which of the following was NOT a composer of American musicals?

Jacques Offenbach

The form of Gershwin’s Summertime is:


Which of the following is NOT true of Bernstein’s West Side Story?

It has a happy ending.

Leonard Bernstein has written both popular and art music.


Which of the following musicals was NOT a collaboration of Rodgers and Hammerstein?

Phantom of the Opera

What are the ethnic origins of the mambo?


Of the following, who did not write operetta?

Georges Bizet

What American folk opera by George Gershwin was far ahead of its time?

Porgy and Bess

Of the following, which work is NOT by Gershwin?

Afro-American Symphony

Which of the following is NOT a musical by the British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber?

Les Misérables

What is considered to be America’s unique contribution to theater?

the musical

West Side Story is a modern-day musical setting of Shakespeare’s:

Romeo and Juliet.

Bernstein’s West Side Story draws on Afro-Cuban dance rhythms.


Rodgers and Hart helped to elevate the level of lyrics in musical comedy from clichés to serious poetry.


Jonathan Larsen’s rock opera Rent is inspired by which opera?

La Bohème

The musical has remained exclusively an American art form, not attempted by composers from other countries.


The recent "jukebox" musical based on songs of ABBA is:

Mamma Mia!

Which of the following is an example of a rock musical?


George Gershwin is recognized as being one of the first American composers to:

incorporate African-American blues and jazz styles into his compositions.

Bernstein’s West Side Story updates the feud of the Capulets and the Montagues to that between:

the Jets and the Sharks.

Leonard Bernstein was the first American-born musician to be appointed conductor of the New York Philharmonic.


The American musical theater developed out of the European comic opera or operetta tradition.


Of the following, which is NOT composed by Leonard Bernstein?

An American in Paris

Gershwin’s Summertime suggests:

an African-American spiritual.

Summertime is sung multiple times during Porgy and Bess.


The use of preexisting literary sources such as books and plays for the plots of musicals helped the new genre to gain maturity and permanence.


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