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In musical compositions, a theme is

c) a musical idea that is used as a building block

Which of the following is NOT a type of thematic development

c)literally repeating a melody at the same pitch level

A theme my be fragmented by dividing it into smaller units called


Repeating a motive at a higher or lower pitch level is called

d) a sequence

A short, repeated musical pattern is called

a)an ostinato

Of the following, which is characteristic of a jazz performance

a)improvisations on pre-established harmonic patterns

Which of the following best describes absolute music

a)music without a story or text

In absolute music, the lack of a prescribed story or text to hold the music together makes the element of ____ especially important

d) form

Which of the following genres does NOT usually follow the general structure of a multi movement cycle?

c) overture

Which movement is the most highly organized and most characteristic of the multi movement cycle


We can best regard sonata-allegro form as a drama between

b) two key areas

The three main sections of sonata-allegro form are the exposition, the development, and

b) the recapitulation

In sonata-allegro form, a modulatory section that leads from one theme to the next is called

c) a bridge

What is the function of the bridge in sonata-allegro form

b) to modulate to a new key

In sonata-allegro form, the contrasting key is established by the statement of

c) the second theme

In sonata-allegro form, the section that features the most tension and drama through modulation and motivic interplay is called

b)the development

The psychological climax of sonata-allegro form appears when the tonic returns at the

c) recapitulation

The final section of a sonata-allegro movement, which round it off with a vigorous closing cadence, is

c) the recapitulation

Which of the following is a common characteristic of the second movement of a multi movement cycle

b)lyrical, songful melodies

Theme and variation form often utilized which of the following compositional techniques

d) all of the above -melodic variation, harmonic variation, rhythmic variation

In the Classical multi movement cycle, the third movement is usually in

d) Minuet and Trio form

The overall form of a minuet and trio is best described as

b) ABA

The second dance, or the middle section, of a minuet, is called a

b) trio

In minuet and trio form, the trio section

d) all of the above -is usually in a different key, is usually contrasting in melody and harmony, ends with a da capo

The italian words da capo are commonly found in ____ form.

b) ternary

How does a scherzo differ from a minuet

d) a scherzo is faster and sometimes humorous, while a minuet is slower and serious

Of the following, which form would most likely be found as the last movement of a Classical sonata or symphony?

c) a rondo

In the Classical multi movement cycle, which movement is most commonly in a contrasting key from the other three

d) fourth

Music for a small ensemble of two to about ten players with one player to a part is called

b) Chamber music

A string quartet consists of

d) 2 violins, viola, and cello

A piano trio consists of

c) Piano, violin, and cello

Of the following, who is NOT a major composer of string quartets


Haydn’s String Quartet, Op. 76, No.3, was given the nickname "Emperor" because

d)The slow movement is based on a hymn written for the Emperor Franz Joseph

The form of the slow movement of Haydyn’s String Quartet, Op.76, No. 3 is

c) theme and variations

The melody for the slow movement of Haydn’s String Quartet, Op. 76, No.3 became the national anthem for


Haydn served as a choir boy in


Who was Haydn’s principal patron

c) Prince Esterhazy

Haydn enjoyed phenomenal musical success with two trips to which country?

b) England

Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik is an example of

b)a Serenade

Eine kleine Nachtmusik is

a) German for "A little night music"

Which of the following best describes the form of the first movement of Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik

a) Sonata-allegro

Which of the following best describes the opening of the first movement of Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik

b)It has a march like character

Which of the following best describes the Romanza from Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik

a) It has an elegant, restrained melody

Mozart is remembered today as

c)The most gifted child prodigy in the history of music

Which composer rebelled against the patronage system and struggled to achieve financial independence

b) Mozart

Mozart died while writing his

a) Requiem Mass

The most important instrumental genre of the Classical period is

c) The Symphony

The Classical symphony had its roots in the

c) Opera overture

How many movements are typical of pre-Classical symphonies

b) Three

The early Classical symphony is characterized by quickly ascending themes with a strong rhythmic drive. These are known as

c) Rocket themes

Quick crescendos and the four-movement cycle in symphonies were developed in


In the Classical orchestra, which group of instruments serves as the ensemble’s nucleus?

b) Strings

The number of players in the Classical orchestra was typically


The first movement of a symphony is usually in

a) Sonata-allegro form

Which composer is noted for his mono thematic sonata-allegro form

a) Haydn

Which of the following is NOT a typical form for the second movement of a Classical symphony?

d) Ritornello

The third movement of a Classical Symphony is most frequently in

a) Minuet and Trio form

The nickname "Father of the Symphony" was earned by


Haydn’s Military Symphony was composed for his visit to which city?

d) London

How did Haydn’s Military Symphony earn its nickname?

c) It uses percussion instruments associated with Turkish military music

What is the form of the second movement of Haydn’s Military Symphony

c) ABA

Janissary bands are associated with

b) Turkey

Beethoven belonged to a generation of artists who were influenced by the full impact of

a) The French Revolution

Beethoven supported himself through

d) All of the above -teaching music lessons, publishing his music, giving public concerts

Beethoven suffered perhaps the most traumatic of all maladies for a musician. What was it?

b) Deafness

Beethoven’s sketchbooks were

d) books in which he worked out his musical ideas

Beethoven’s career is often divided into ____ periods

b) Three

In his third compositional period, Beethoven

b) Used more chromatic harmonies

How many symphonies did Beethoven write?

b) 9

Which work by Beethoven is called the Choral symphony

d) The Ninth Symphony

The Ode to Joy is the finale to Beethoven’s

c)Symphony No. 9

The text of Ode to Joy is by

b) Schiller

How many movements does Beethoven’s Symphony No.5 have?

c) four

What is unusual about Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5

b) There is no break between the third and fourth movements

Which of the following best describes the opening idea of Beethoven’s Symphony No.5?

b) A four-note motive

What is the form of the second movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No.5?

a) Theme and variations

Using material from an earlier movement in a symphony is called

c) Cyclical form

Which Beethoven symphony was selected to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall?

d) the Ninth Symphony

How many movements are in a Classical concerto?

b) three

A typical feature of a concerto is a free solo passage without orchestral accompaniment called

c) the Cadenza

The most popular solo instrument in the Classical concerto was

c) the Piano

The first movement of a Classical concerto features sonata-allegro form with

a) double exposition

The typical first movement of a Classical concerto begins with

b) the orchestra

What is the form of the last movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in G major, K.453

a) Theme and variations

Of the following, which characterizes Maria Theresa von Paradis?

a) She was a woman virtuoso pianist

Which of the following was NOT a favored sonata instrumentation in the late eighteenth century?

d)Piano and trumpet

How many piano sonatas did Beethoven compose?

d) thirty-two

Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op.27, No.2, was subtitled Moonlight by

c) the poet Rellstab shortly after the composer’s death

Beethoven gave his Piano Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2, the designation

b) quasi una fantasia

Beethoven’s famous Moonlight Sonata has _____ movements

b) three

The form of the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No.2

a)is a modified song form

The dreamy first movement of the Moonlight Sonata features

d) all of the above -a singing melody, an accompaniment with arpeggios, a strophic-like form

The second movement of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op.27, No. 2 is

b) a gentle scherzo and trio form

The third movement of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in C-shar minor, Op.27, No.2 is

a)filled with restless emotion

A musical setting of the Mass for the Dead is called

c) a Requiem

During the Classical era, the prevalent form of opera, which occupied itself mainly with the affairs of nobility and Greek legends, was called

a) Opera seria

Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of opera seria?

b) a middle class appeal

The rigid conventions of opera seri a were shaped largely by

b) Metastasio

How did comic opera differ from opera seria?

d)all of the above

Which of the following was NOT a new opera type that sought to reflect simplicity and real human emotions?

a) opera seria

What Mozart opera is based on controversial play by Beaumarchais?

c) Don Giovanni

Mozart’s librettist for Don Giovanni was

b) Lorenzo da Ponte

Which of the following descriptions characterizes the story of Don Giovanni?

c) It mixes elements of opera seri a and opera buffa

The overture of Don Giovanni is in what form?

a) Sonata-allegro

Don Giovanni attempts to console Donna Elvira, who has been betrayed by

c) Don Giovanni

The tone of the Catalog aria, from Don Giovanni is

d) Comic

The catalog aria lists

a) Don Giovanni’s conquests

Which of the following composers is not a member of the Viennese School?

d) Liszt

Which composer was born in Vienna and bridged the Classical and Romantic eras?

b) Schubert

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