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A question pack on music theory by David Such for Open Course Library.
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Your instructor believes that when listening to world music (i.e., music that sounds strange to westerner's ears) it is important to
use a "subjective" approach to listening.
understand how the music relates to the culture.
understand the music itself, without regard to the cultural influence, which has little to do with how the music is made.
understand that some cultures are more "superior" to others
Your instructor mentions that colonialism was encouraged by which of the following ideas?
the belief that all cultures are destined to become one, that is, globalized.
the belief that one culture can be superior to another.
The belief that all cultures are relative to one another.
The belief that all cultures are capable of change.
Your instructor discusses "cultural relativism" a term that connects with music in what way?
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.
All cultures seek to satisfy the same basic human needs; hence, all music really sounds the same.
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.
There is not point in looking at cultures objectively, since they represent different stages of development.
Which of the following characterizes the Kalinga tuning system?
it is exactly the same as the western tuning system
There are only 4 notes in the Kalinga system
the pitches can be highly variable
The tuning system is mathematically defined, based on Kalinga views of the solar system.
What is the best way to bridge the gap between non western (also non literate) cultures and the west?
Read books written by anthropologists
Read books written by ethnomusicologists
Conduct field research in that culture
Research that culture online
The Kalinga are located in the ______________, a part of ______________.
Indonesia / Africa
Indonesia / Asia
Philippines / Australia
Philippines / Asia
According to your instructor, which of the following may serve as a reason for the Kalinga to take a head?
feuds over claims to women
feuds over claims to money
feuds over claims to land
feuds over claims to political power
The brass section of the modern symphony orchestra consists of which instruments?
tuba, trombone, trumpet, french horn
tuba, flute, trombone, trumpet
saxophone, trombone, trumpet, french horn
tuba, trombone, trumpet, french horn, viola
Your instructor believes that in comparison to other styles of music, such as pop, classical music
is sometimes called folk music
mostly expresses the aspirations of the aristocracy
utilizes the exact same emotions as pop music
covers a broader emotional range
According to your instructor, the duty of the symphony conductor in classical music is to ______________.
give the individual performers great lattitude in improvising on the music.
present the music as the composer initially intended it to be performed.
provide an alternative interpretation of the composer's music
make sure the musicians show up on time and get paid for their performance.
Mozart entered into modern day popular culture through the release of
the movie "Amadeus"
his newly found orchestral scores that he composed
a series of live recordings by the Berlin Philharmonic that honors Mozart's entire composed works
a portrait of Mozart painted by Picasso
Which of the following represents an advantage or benefit that the symphony orchestra has over pop music?
symphony orchestras have more opportunities to perform than most pop musical groups.
more sales of classical music recordings than found in pop music
a louder sound than most styles of pop music
more instruments that can convey more moods, textures, and emotions
How does a celesta sound in comparison to a piano?
The celesta has a richer tone that is less tinny than a piano
The celesta sounds less rich and more higher pitched than a piano
the celesta utilizes pitches much lower than a piano
the celesta sounds more like a violin than a piano
The piccolo, in comparison to other instruments, is
a low pitched keyboard
a midrange brass instrument
a low pitched string instrument
a high pitched woodwind.
Which of the following sections is a full symphony orchestra divided into?
keyboards, percussion, brass, strings, woodwind, drums
keyboards, percussion, brass, strings
percussion, brass, strings, woodwind
keyboards, percussion, brass, strings, woodwind
Allegri's Miserere is notable for the fact that
it was never written down on paper.
it was composed when Allegri was deaf.
Mozart memorized the piece after only one hearing
it was a piece written for several instruments without any singers
According to your instructor the roots of western classical music stretch back to
no earlier than the 1600s
no earlier than the 1200s
no earlier than 600 A.D.
the early Greek civilization
Which of the following is true about the symphony orchestra?
some composers wrote music for an orchestra having as many as 150 musicians.
by the Twentieth Century, the number of musicians required in each orcestra was 60
orchestra conductors used to shout out instructions to musicians before using batons to conduct the orchestra.
folk instruments were banned from all symphony orchestras
The story of Mozart's feat of copying note for note the performance of "Miserere" was recorded by
Mozart's father Leopold
Mozart's sister, Annabelle
A friend of mozart's whose name is not known
Which of the following is true about Mozart?
He only wrote three symphonies, which is few for an important composer
Mozart was never to be a musical genius
All his music lacks joy.
He is a complext character who wrote operas with real life characterizations of people rather than using sterotypical characters
Allegri's written out composition "Miserere" was highly guarded because
it was sacred music sung in the Church, thus any performer who gave away a copy of it could be excommunicated.
it was music written for the emperor who forbade any other copies to be made.
Allegri did not want anyone to know that Mozart was the true composer of the work
The work contained lyrics that spoke against religious officials