Music Quiz 2

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The beginning of the Middle Ages was marked by the _____.

fall of the Roman Empire

During the Middle Ages, all power came from which religious organization?

The Roman Catholic Church

Which secular leader in the Middle Ages promoted a strong, centralized government?


The main European port for cultural exchange of Eastern luxuries was:


The violent series of events that took place as part of an attempt to capture the Holy Land from the Muslims is known as:

the Crusades

During the Renaissance, lands new to the Europeans were discovered, including _____.

the Americas

One of the major advancements in the Renaissance was the invention of printing, pioneered by:

Johannes Gutenberg

Which of the following was a Renaissance artist?

Leonardo da Vinci

The most universally idealized woman in Western culture during the Middle Ages was _____.

the Virgin Mary

Who were the most prominent performers of secular music in medieval France?

troubadours and trouvères

Musicians could find employment in which of the following professions?

instrument building, teaching, copyists

The early Christian church had very little power in Europe during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.


The Middle Ages spanned nearly one thousand years.


Our understanding of the musical culture of ancient civilizations is limited by the few fragments of music that have survived.


Trade flourished in the later Middle Ages, when a merchant class arose outside of feudal society.


The Renaissance marks the passing of European society from a predominately secular society to a more sacred one.


Compared to the MiddleAges, more professional women musicians made their mark in society in the Renaissance.


The literature of ancient Greece and Rome was of little interest to artists and writers of the Renaissance.


The Middle East had no influence on European musical styles.


The major narrative of Western musical development begins with notated music.


Music performed with exchanges between a soloist and chorus is called _____.

responsorial singing

Which of the following is NOT true of Gregorian chant (plainchant) melodies?

They are in Hebrew and Syrian

Hildegard of Bingen was born into a _____ noble family.


Modal melodies of the early Christian church are similar to melodies and scales from _____.

The Middle East

In chant from the Middle Ages, if there are many notes per syllable, the style is called _____.


When multiple people sing a monophonic chant together, it is called singing in________?


Hildegard’s collection of poetry and visions is called:


How many Gregorian chants survive?

over three thousand

What musical aspect is found in Hildegard’s praise songs, but is not found in most Gregorian chant?

wide leaps

What might explain why medieval chants can sound unfamiliar to a modern listener?

they are modal

The term liturgy refers to the set order of church services and the structure of each service.


Gregorian chant features regularly phrased melodic lines supported by instrumental accompaniment.


The chants of the church used only the major and minor scale patterns found in later music.


Hildegard’s chant Alleluia, O virga mediatrix was intended for performance on a feast day of the Virgin Mary.


The text setting in Alleluia, O virga mediatrix is mostly syllabic.


Hildegard’s Alleluia, O virgo mediatrix is a Gregorian chant.


In the Middle Ages, it was assumed that women were divinely connected.


Hildegard took her vows at age fourteen.


Pope Gregory the Great composed all of the Gregorian chant melodies.


Music, mathematics, geometry, and astronomy were the four topics considered essential to medieval _____.


Which secular medieval musicians entertained audiences at the higher social levels?


What was the period that immediately preceded the Ars nova called?

Ars antiqua

How does Machaut convey the medieval fascination for puzzles in Ma fin est mon commencement?

palindromic structure

Which of the following is/are poetic forms used in medieval chansons?:

all of these choices

Which of the following is NOT a medieval writer/poet?


Where did Machaut work as a priest?

Reims Cathedral

Which of the following topics might be found in medieval lyrics?

unrequited love, politics, songs of the Crusades

Machaut’s own poetry often centers around the idea of:

medieval chivalry

With whom did Machaut exchange poems and letters?


Religious wars and medieval explorations enhanced cultural exchange.


The last part of the Middle Ages is referred to as the Ars nova.


In the Western tradition, music historically has not been linked to mathematics and geometry.


Composers in the Ars nova style wrote both sacred and secular songs.


Machaut took holy orders, but worked for multiple French courts.


Machaut was the first composer to self-consciously attempt a compositional legacy.


There was an interest in both the regularity and complexity of musical patterns during the Ars nova.


All chansons are monophonic


The Ars Nova began around the early 1400s in Italy.


Machaut only wrote sacred music


The mood of Farmer’s madrigal Fair Phyllis can best be described as _____.

light and pastoral

Farmer’s Fair Phyllis is written for _____ voices.


Farmer "paints" the first line of the text, "Fair Phyllis I saw sitting all alone," through the musical use of _____.


At which point in the text of Fair Phyllis does the work change to an imitative texture?

"Up and down he wandered"

Which of the following instruments was likely found in prosperous homes during the Renaissance?


In addition to the Italian madrigal, what other genre arose from the union of poetry and music?

French chanson

In which of the following ways did Renaissance composers enhance the emotional content of madrigals?

through the use of madrigalisms

Which of the following composers was influential in the later Italian madrigal tradition?

Claudio Monteverdi

Which of the following statements are true in regard to typical English madrigals?

All choices are correct

The performing forces for Farmer’s madrigal consist of a four-voice SATB ensemble.


The English madrigal preceded the development of the Italian madrigal by some twenty years.


The text of John Farmer’s Fair Phyllis refers to real historical figures.


Both Italian and English madrigals often feature word-painting.


Sometimes humorous madrigals would have a refrain of syllables such as "fa la la."


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