Romantic Period Assessment

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Which of the following statements best describes musical form in the Romantic period?

Romantic composers worked with traditional forms but expanded them in innovative ways to meet their expressive needs.

Which of the following is not a general characteristic of Romantic music?

Compositions were based on logic and controlled feelings

The following selection is from Berlioz’s Symphony Fantastique.

Play: 00:48


Which of the following statements best characterizes the "mood" of the Romantic period?

Rules and logic are less important than the free expression of human feelings. Humans can only "fully become" by exploring their inner feelings.

According to the text, Romantic composers abandoned the principles of unity and variety in pursuit of more innovative and expressive sounds.


Notes that don’t belong to the traditional scale are known as _____ alterations.


The composer pictured above, an international artist of Hungarian heritage, decided to become a technical wizard at the keyboard after hearing Paganini playing the violin. What is his name?


Which of the following is an example of increasing tempo (accelerando), and the increasing excitement that goes with it?

A: 00:54
B: 00:33
C: 00:22
D: 00:52

Excerpt D

The Five was a group of nationalist composers who sought to incorporate elements of _____ in their work.

Russian music

Which of the following excerpts features frequently changing tempos?

A: 00:30
B: 00:49
C: 00:30
D: 00:30

Not excerpt C?

Which of the following was not known as a composer of choral music?


The dance-like characteristics of the following piece indicate that it was written by:

Play: 00:22


According to the test, art of the Romantic period valued emotional restraint and clarity of form.


According to the text, the Traditionalists were composers of the Romantic era who:

Held reverence for the music of the masters

Which of the following excerpts is most likely a composition by Paganini?

A: 00:23
B: 00:31
C: 00:24
D: 01:13

Excerpt C

This excerpt is representative of Romantic music because…

Play: 00:42

It expresses strong emotion through extreme loud and soft dynamics, wide pitch ranges, and a variety of timbres.

The following excerpt is from Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude

Play: 00:15


Which of the following composers envisioned operas as "musical dramas" – a combination of all the arts?


Changes in tempo were rarely found in music of the Romantic period, in keeping with Classical period values


According to the text, composers of the Romantic period were reluctant to stray from the seven tones of the traditional scale


During the Romantic period, most composers were:

Independent business persons, earning their living by performing music, writing for specific occasions and commissions, and collecting royalties on published music

An important Romantic composer founded The New Journal of Music, an influential musical periodical in which this same composer frequently published his own musical criticism and promoted the works of other musicians. His name is:


The following difficult piece for the violin was written by one of the few musicians of the time who could play it. Identify the composer.

Play: 01:55


Who was not a nationalist composer?


This composer pictured above wrote The Blue Danube, arguably the most famous waltz of all time. His name is

Johann Strauss Jr.

The following piano sonata was composed by one of the first female virtuoso performers. Identify this composer.

Play: 02:35

Clara Wieck Schumann

From the following composers, select the one that best understood the intrinsic nature and the potential of the piano as an expressive instrument:

Frederic Chopin

The composer pictured above is best known for taking older forms and styles and redefining them in modern ways. Antonin Dovrak was inspired by his Hungarian Dance No. 1. Waht is this composer’s name?

Play: 03:02


An important artistic product of the Romantic period was:

Vincent van Gogh’s paintings

The following choral work, based on the German Bible, was written by:

Play: 07:09


During the Romantic period, choral music enjoyed its highest popularity since the Renaissance period.


Which one of these composers was considered a national hero in his homeland?

Jean Sibelius

A musical genius, but also someone with strong anti-Semitic views, the man pictured above was one of the most influential composers of the Romantic Period. His name is:

Richard Wagner

According to the text, which of the following is not considered a form of program music?


The course places the Romantic period in music between the years:


The dynamics of this excerpt indicate that it was composed in the Romantic period because:

Play: 00:24

Dynamics range from extreme soft to very loud

The name of the composer pictured above, who wrote more than 600 art songs (lieder) is:

Franz Schubert

According to the test, which of the following are Post-Romantic composers?

Rachmainoff and Holst

Which of the following composers, upon arriving in Paris in 1831, quickly became closely associated with the most prominent intellectuals, artists, musicians, political activists, and financiers of his day, thus launching his career?

Frederic Chopin

Which of the following is not a composer from the Romantic period?

Eugene Delacroix

The melody in this composition is representative of Romantic music because it:

Play: 00:34

Is long, flowing, and lyrical

Which of the following was not a member of the Five?

Pyotr Tchaikovsky

In broad terms, music and the other arts of the Romantic period…

Gave full expression to a wide range of feelings, drams, and the heroic human potential

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