Classical Music
Classical Music

Classical Music

Lead Author(s): OpenCourse Library, David Such

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A question pack on classical music by David Such for Open Course Library.

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Classical Music Q1

For 30 years ______________ was court composer to the Prince of Esterhazy.

A

Mozart

B

Haydn

C

Beethoven

D

Strauss

Classical Music Q2

Compared with Mozart and Haydn, Beethoven’s later works can be:

A

lengthy

B

short

C

inferior

D

better

Classical Music Q3

The third movement of a four movement classic work is most generally:

A

sonata

B

rondo

C

minuet and trio

D

theme and variations

Classical Music Q4

The ensemble that played a concerto was:

A

the string quartet

B

the orchestra

C

the piano quintet

D

the choir

Classical Music Q5

Many of Beethoven’s most famous works came from:

A

his first period

B

his middle period

C

his final period

D

his student sessions

Classical Music Q6

Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven spent most of their professional careers centered in:

A

Austria

B

Germany

C

Italy

D

France

Classical Music Q7

Beethoven became totally deaf during:

A

his first creative period

B

his second creative period

C

his third creative period

D

1828-1830

Classical Music Q8

The new keyboard instrument of the classic period was the:

A

harpsichord

B

clavichord

C

organ

D

pianoforte

Classical Music Q9

The most common chamber music ensemble of the classic era was:

A

the continuo

B

the piano trio

C

the string quartet

D

the piano quintet

Classical Music Q10

In opera the recitative provided narrative while the ______________ provided commentary on the plot.

A

aria

B

conductor

C

orchestra

D

audience

Classical Music Q11

The classic period saw:

A

an increase in the aristocracy

B

the decline of the middle class

C

an increase in instrumental music

D

none of these

Classical Music Q12

Beethoven was considered a ______________ composer.

A

classic

B

romantic

C

classic and romantic

D

none of these

Classical Music Q13

The term “libretto” refers to:

A

an Italian opera style

B

the words to an opera

C

a virtuoso solo section

D

the main character in an opera

Classical Music Q14

Two violins, one viola, and one ‘cello playing in ensemble is:

A

bad orchestration

B

a string quartet

C

a chamber ensemble

D

both b and c

Classical Music Q15

______________ was a prodigiously gifted child.

A

Mozart

B

Haydn

C

Beethoven

D

Strauss

Classical Music Q16

Crescendo :

A

gradually gets softer

B

gradually gets louder

C

gradually gets faster

D

gradually get slower

Classical Music Q17

The classic period signals the beginning of the ______________ in music.

A

modern age

B

romantic age

C

decline

D

western influence

Classical Music Q18

The first section of sonata form is the:

A

recapitulation

B

development

C

exposition

D

coda

Classical Music Q19

To the composer of the classic era homophonic texture was much more important than:

A

orchestral color

B

contrapuntal writing

C

restraint and balance

D

melodic dominance

Classical Music Q20

Who invented the glass harmonica?

A

Mozart

B

Haydn

C

Beethoven

D

none of these

Classical Music Q21

The arts during the classic period were centered in:

A

England and Austria

B

Italy and France

C

France and Germany

D

Austria and Germany

Classical Music Q22

The classic period can be described as a time of:

A

restraint, clarity, and balance

B

freedom, emotion, and expression

C

experimentation and chaos

D

elaborate ornamentation

Classical Music Q23

The minuet and trio is in:

A

contrasting meter

B

rubato meter

C

duple meter

D

triple meter

Classical Music Q24

Mozart's feat of copying note for note the performance of "Miserere" is significant because

A

The work is a complex polyphonic song

B

It was the first time the piece had been written out note for note

C

Mozart was accused of stealing the work because he memorized it

D

It shows that Mozart was the actual composer of the work

Classical Music Q25

In which time period did the orchestra reach the size and proportions that we are accustomed to today?

A

1500s

B

1700s

C

1800s

D

1900s

Classical Music Q26

Dr. Walsh's testing of a lock of Beethoven's hair revealed that

A

It contained samples of arsenic

B

It contained 100 times the normal level of lead

C

It contained high levels of cyanide

D

it contained very unusual strands of DNA

Classical Music Q27

Beethoven's most famous symphony is his ______________ and what scholars consider his best is the ______________ symphony

A

Ninth / Fifth

B

Fifth / Ninth

C

Second / Fifth

D

Second / Ninth

Classical Music Q28

What was significant about the scientific analysis of a lock of Beethoven's Hair?

A

Results concluded he died much younger than historians originally believed.

B

DNA results indicate that the couple that raised him were not his biological parents.

C

That his deafness was caused by a neurological condition.

D

That he died from lead poisoning.

Classical Music Q29

What kind of testing was used on Beethoven's hair?

A

X-ray analysis

B

carbon dating

C

state of the art chemical analysis

D

state of the art DNA analysis

Classical Music Q30

Who are generally considered the three most important composers in classical music?

A

Bach, Beethoven, Mozart

B

Mozart, Stravinsky, Beethoven

C

Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart

D

Brahms, Bach, Mozart

Classical Music Q31

How many symphonies did Beethoven compose?

A

7

B

8

C

9

D

10

Classical Music Q32

Beethoven is most notable for

A

Introducing an innovative tuning system

B

Moving classical music from the Classical period to the Romantic

C

For raising the standards of musicianship at the time

D

For being the best violinist in the history of classical music

Classical Music Q33

How did deafness affect Beethoven?

A

It caused him to become a stronger and more positive individual

B

It caused him depression and an attempted suicide

C

It caused him to stop writing music

D

It caused him to become homeless

Classical Music Q34

Beethoven dedicated his Symphony #3 in E-Flat Major to Napoleon Bonaparte whose early actions were viewed by Beethoven and many others as

A

the battles of a hero setting out to liberate Europe from the tyranny of aristocratic rule

B

the battles of a hero setting out to liberate France from Spanish colonialism

C

the actions of a true and selfless leader who introduced democracy to France

D

evil tyranny

Classical Music Q35

Beethoven was attracted by the broad social ideals of ______________ and ______________.

A

Romanticism and Eclecticism

B

Enlightenment and Idealism

C

Impressionism and Idealism

D

Enlightenment and Romanticism