Music Exam Questions: Baroque Era

Drama that is sung is called…
an opera

The vocal style in opera that imitates the natural inflection of speech is…

Opera was born through the musical innovation of…
Florentine Camerata

A highly emotional song in an opera is called…
an aria

The orchestral introduction heard at the beginning of an opera is called…
an overture

The text of an opera is called…

Who is best viewed as the first master of opera?

The earliest opera plots were from…
Greek mythology

A type of English entertainment combining music poetry and dance was called…

The greatest native-born English composer of the Baroque was…
Henry Purcell

Dido sings her famous lament in Purcells’ opera Did and Aeneas just prior to…
killing herself

Dido’s Lament from Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas is composed of…
over a ground bass

The sacred cantata was an integral part of the…
Lutheran church service

Bach was most famous for…
the organ

Which is not an oratorio?
elaborate scenery

The stories for oratorios are generally drawn from…
the Bible

George Frideric Handel was a master of…
the oratorio

Later Handel turned his effort from opera to…
the oratorio

Handel’s Messiah is…
an oratorio

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion” from Messiah is an example of…
a capo aria

The famous chorale climax in part II of Handel’s Messiah is…
“The Halleluiah Chorus”

1st era of Western Music history in which instrument music were as important as singing music is…

Which is not a major difference between Baroque and modern violins?
general shape of the instrument

What is in a contrasting key and does not characterize the suite?
each movement

Water music by Handel is best described as a…

Dominant instruments in Mouet’s Rondeau is…
the trumpet

The form of the rondeau is…

Instrumental form bases on the contrast of dissimilar masses of sound is.

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Typical solo concerto has…
3 movements

A concerto base on the opposition of small and large groups of instruments is…
concerto grosso

Solo instruments in Spring from the Four Seasons is..

Who composed the Brandenburg Concertos?

Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto comprises of how many movements?

The accompanying groups in a concerto group is the…

The solo group in a concerto grosso is…
the concertino

What was the most important instrument in the Baroque era?
the piano

What is a keyboard instrument in which the strings are plucked by quills?
the harpsichord

What is an improvisatory virtuosic keyboard work?

What is a work of an organ that displays the virtuosity of the organist?
a chorale prelude

What is a keyboard form based on the principle of voices imitating each other?
the Fugue

What is the principle element of a Fugue?
chorale tone

The 2nd entrance of the subject is…
the answer

What is not a contrapuntal device that alters the original theme?

In a Fugue, the technique of stating the theme is faster rhythm…

The opening section of the Fugue, in which all voices successively introduce the subject is…

How many preludes and Fugues are contained in the two well-tempered clavier volumes?

Bach’s last demonstration of contrapuntal mastery was…
the Art of Fugue

How many voices or individual lines are there in Bach’s contrapuntal from the Art of Fugue?

The Beggar’s Opera was first presented in…

John Gay’s the Beggar’s Opera is best described as…
a ballad or a dialogue opera

Opera buffa is comic opera form in…

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