Music Theory
Music Theory

Music Theory

Lead Author(s): OpenCourse Library, David Such

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

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Music Theory Q1

Your instructor believes that when listening to world music (i.e., music that sounds strange to westerner's ears) it is important to

A

use a "subjective" approach to listening.

B

understand how the music relates to the culture.

C

understand the music itself, without regard to the cultural influence, which has little to do with how the music is made.

D

understand that some cultures are more "superior" to others

Music Theory Q2

Your instructor mentions that colonialism was encouraged by which of the following ideas?

A

the belief that all cultures are destined to become one, that is, globalized.

B

the belief that one culture can be superior to another.

C

The belief that all cultures are relative to one another.

D

The belief that all cultures are capable of change.

Music Theory Q3

Your instructor discusses "cultural relativism" a term that connects with music in what way?

A

All cultures seek to satisfy the same human needs we all have on the planet; hence, the music may sound different, though it still relates to these same basic needs.

B

All cultures seek to satisfy the same basic human needs; hence, all music really sounds the same.

C

All cultures are inherently different because they satisfy different human needs; hence, music from one culture will inevitably sound different from music in another culture.

D

There is not point in looking at cultures objectively, since they represent different stages of development.

Music Theory Q4

Which of the following characterizes the Kalinga tuning system?

A

it is exactly the same as the western tuning system

B

There are only 4 notes in the Kalinga system

C

the pitches can be highly variable

D

The tuning system is mathematically defined, based on Kalinga views of the solar system.

Music Theory Q5

What is the best way to bridge the gap between non western (also non literate) cultures and the west?

A

Read books written by anthropologists

B

Read books written by ethnomusicologists

C

Conduct field research in that culture

D

Research that culture online

Music Theory Q6

The Kalinga are located in the ______________, a part of ______________.

A

Indonesia / Africa

B

Indonesia / Asia

C

Philippines / Australia

D

Philippines / Asia

Music Theory Q7

According to your instructor, which of the following may serve as a reason for the Kalinga to take a head?

A

feuds over claims to women

B

feuds over claims to money

C

feuds over claims to land

D

feuds over claims to political power

Music Theory Q8

The brass section of the modern symphony orchestra consists of which instruments?

A

tuba, trombone, trumpet, french horn

B

tuba, flute, trombone, trumpet

C

saxophone, trombone, trumpet, french horn

D

tuba, trombone, trumpet, french horn, viola

Music Theory Q9

Your instructor believes that in comparison to other styles of music, such as pop, classical music

A

is sometimes called folk music

B

mostly expresses the aspirations of the aristocracy

C

utilizes the exact same emotions as pop music

D

covers a broader emotional range

Music Theory Q10

According to your instructor, the duty of the symphony conductor in classical music is to ______________.

A

give the individual performers great lattitude in improvising on the music.

B

present the music as the composer initially intended it to be performed.

C

provide an alternative interpretation of the composer's music

D

make sure the musicians show up on time and get paid for their performance.

Music Theory Q11

Mozart entered into modern day popular culture through the release of

A

the movie "Amadeus"

B

his newly found orchestral scores that he composed

C

a series of live recordings by the Berlin Philharmonic that honors Mozart's entire composed works

D

a portrait of Mozart painted by Picasso

Music Theory Q12

Which of the following represents an advantage or benefit that the symphony orchestra has over pop music?

A

symphony orchestras have more opportunities to perform than most pop musical groups.

B

more sales of classical music recordings than found in pop music

C

a louder sound than most styles of pop music

D

more instruments that can convey more moods, textures, and emotions

Music Theory Q13

How does a celesta sound in comparison to a piano?

A

The celesta has a richer tone that is less tinny than a piano

B

The celesta sounds less rich and more higher pitched than a piano

C

the celesta utilizes pitches much lower than a piano

D

the celesta sounds more like a violin than a piano

Music Theory Q14

The piccolo, in comparison to other instruments, is

A

a low pitched keyboard

B

a midrange brass instrument

C

a low pitched string instrument

D

a high pitched woodwind.

Music Theory Q15

Which of the following sections is a full symphony orchestra divided into?

A

keyboards, percussion, brass, strings, woodwind, drums

B

keyboards, percussion, brass, strings

C

percussion, brass, strings, woodwind

D

keyboards, percussion, brass, strings, woodwind

Music Theory Q16

Allegri's Miserere is notable for the fact that

A

it was never written down on paper.

B

it was composed when Allegri was deaf.

C

Mozart memorized the piece after only one hearing

D

it was a piece written for several instruments without any singers

Music Theory Q17

According to your instructor the roots of western classical music stretch back to

A

no earlier than the 1600s

B

no earlier than the 1200s

C

no earlier than 600 A.D.

D

the early Greek civilization

Music Theory Q18

Which of the following is true about the symphony orchestra?

A

some composers wrote music for an orchestra having as many as 150 musicians.

B

by the Twentieth Century, the number of musicians required in each orcestra was 60

C

orchestra conductors used to shout out instructions to musicians before using batons to conduct the orchestra.

D

folk instruments were banned from all symphony orchestras

Music Theory Q19

The story of Mozart's feat of copying note for note the performance of "Miserere" was recorded by

A

Church officials

B

Mozart's father Leopold

C

Mozart's sister, Annabelle

D

A friend of mozart's whose name is not known

Music Theory Q20

Which of the following is true about Mozart?

A

He only wrote three symphonies, which is few for an important composer

B

Mozart was never to be a musical genius

C

All his music lacks joy.

D

He is a complext character who wrote operas with real life characterizations of people rather than using sterotypical characters

Music Theory Q21

Allegri's written out composition "Miserere" was highly guarded because

A

it was sacred music sung in the Church, thus any performer who gave away a copy of it could be excommunicated.

B

it was music written for the emperor who forbade any other copies to be made.

C

Allegri did not want anyone to know that Mozart was the true composer of the work

D

The work contained lyrics that spoke against religious officials