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The favorite subjects of the Romantic poets were:

b. love, longing, and nature

A song form in which the main melody is repeated for two or three stanzas but introduces new or significantly varied material when the text requires it is called:

c. modified strophic

Schubert and his friends organized evening gatherings of artists, writers, and musicians, called:

c. Schubertiads.

In which genre was Schubert NOT indebted to Classical traditions?

a. Lied

Approximately how many songs did Schubert compose?

d. more than 600

What is vernacular music?

b. popular songs sung in a country’s native language

What nationality was Stephen Foster?

a. American

The most important keyboard instrument of the Romantic period was the:

b. piano

Which of the following does NOT characterize the piano?

a. It is capable of only one dynamic level

Which of the following was NOT a technical improvement to the nineteenth-century piano?

c. a second keyboard was added

The short, lyric piano piece is the instrumental equivalent of:

b. the song

Nineteenth-century composers of the short, lyric piano piece included:

d. all of the above

Chopin is credited with developing the:

a. modern piano style

With which famous novelist did Chopin become romantically involved?

a. George Sand

Which of the following does NOT characterize Chopin’s Mazurka in B-flat Minor, Op. 24, No. 4?

b. Simple A-B-A form

Which composer is known as the "poet of the piano"?

b. Frédéric Chopin

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel was discouraged from pursuing a career as a composer because:

a. she was a woman

Which of the following composed the piano cycle The Year?

b. Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel

The manuscript for Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s September: At the River, from The Year, has poetic lines by:

c. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

How does Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s The Year reach a level of achievement beyond that of her brother Felix?

b. It is a large-scale work unified by musical and extramusical links

Which of the following was the first internationally acclaimed American composer of classical music?

a. Louis Moreau Gottschalk

The familiar tune quoted near the end of Gottschalk’s work The Banjo is:

c. Camptown Races

Instrumental music endowed with literary, philosophical, or pictorial associations is called:

b. program music

Hector Berlioz was born and spent most of his career in:

b. France

How many movements are in Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique?

d. five

Which of the following is NOT true of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique?

a. The program deals entirely with nature

In Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, what is the idée fixe?

c. the basic theme of the symphony, heard in every movement

Which of the following does NOT characterize the March to the Scaffoldfrom Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique?

b. dominance of the string instruments

The Dies irae is:

c. a chant from the Mass for the Dead

The concept of a program overture had its origin in the:

d. opera overture

Another name for the symphonic poem is:

b. tone poem

Nationalism is characteristic of all of the following EXCEPT:

b. Chopin’s sonatas

Which of the following was NOT a Russian composer?

a. Borodin

What is the form of Grieg’s Morning Mood?

d. A-B-A

Which movement of a Romantic symphony is most likely to be strongly rhythmic and dancelike?

c. scherzo

How many movements does a typical Romantic symphony contain?

d. four

Brahms composed his German Requiemafter the death of:

d. his mother

Brahms maintained a lifelong, close relationship with:

b. Clara Schumann

Brahms wrote ________ symphonies.

a. four

The singing star Giuseppina Strepponi helped launch the career of:

d. Giuseppe Verdi

Italian comic opera is called:

c. opera buffa

Who dies at the end of Rigoletto?

d. Gilda, Rigoletto’s daughter

The ensemble that follows "La donna è mobile" in Act III of Rigoletto is a(n):

b. quartet

Which of the following are characteristic of Beijing opera?

d. all of the above

A special theater was built at ________ for the presentation of Wagner’s music dramas.

d. Bayreuth

Wagner’s total artwork, in which all the arts—music, poetry, drama, visual spectacle—are fused together, is called:

a. The Gesamtkunstwerk

Wagner called his operas:

b. music dramas

In Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung, who are the Valkyries?


Tchaikovsky’s fanciful ballet about a child’s Christmas gift and dreams of exotic people and places is:

d.the nutcracker

The keyboard instrument featured in the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, from The Nutcracker, is the:

b. celesta

The leading composer of Italian opera in the late-Romantic era was:

c. puccini

Which of the following operas is NOT by Puccini?

c. pagliacci

The Japanese shamisen is:

d. a plucked string instrument

The Libera mefrom Fauré’s Requiemfeatures which vocal soloist?

d. baritone

The mood at the end of Libera mefrom Fauré’s Requiem is:

c. tenor

The French movement in poetry that rebelled against traditional modes of expression is called:

b. symbolism

Mallarmé and Verlaine were:

a. symbolist poets

The Symbolist poets were strongly influenced by the works of:

d. Edgar allan poe

The whole-tone scale used by Impressionist composers derives from:

b. non-western music

Debussy was highly influenced by the sounds of a gamelan from:

d. java

What nationality was Claude Debussy?

b. French

Which of the following was NOT composed by Debussy?

c. Boléro

Which of the following describes the activities of Harry T. Burleigh?

d. all of the above

The spiritual Swing Low, Sweet Chariotreflects qualities of which tradition(s)?

d. all of the above

Which of the following distinguishes the Fisk Jubilee Singers’ arrangement of Swing Low, Sweet Chariotfrom that of Harry T. Burleigh?

a. The Fisk Jubilee Singers perform a cappella.

An important American instrumental ensemble of the nineteenth century was the:

c. brass band

Which of the following does NOT describe the career of Patrick S. Gilmore?

d. earned his title as "march king"

John Philip Sousa conducted the:

b. U.S. Marine Band

John Philip Sousa composed:

d. all of the above

Which American composer became known as the "King of Ragtime"?

b. joplin

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