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Music Appreciation





Practice Test No. 1, Music Appreciation, Ferrara                    Answers





Match the following words with the correct equivalents:


a.Woodwind                                                                      1. oboe           

b Brass                                                                              2. violin          

c.Strings                                                                            3. trombone    

d.Percussion                                                                      4. harpsichord

e.Keyboard                                                                        5. clarinet       

a-b.Plucked Strings                                                           6. saxophone  

                                                                                          7. flute

                                                                                          8. lute 

                                                                                          9. bassoon      

                                                                                          10. french horn           

                                                                                          11. viola         

                                                                                       12. trumpet

                                                                                       13. guitar

                                                                                       14. cello

                                                                                       15. piano



Fill in the correct answer to the following questions or statements.

16.  The movement of music through time and the aspect of time in music is called___________

17.  A regular recurring time unit that represents the pulsation of the music is called____________.

18.  In triple meter, the strongest pulse occurs on____________

19.  The shifting of the accent to a weak beat or an offbeat is called_______________.

20.  A complete musical idea or section within a larger melodic line is called____________.

21.  The first note of a scale is what?_______________.

22.  What term describes a combination of tones that sound at rest, resolved and in agreement? _________________

23.  A combination of tones that sound tense, unstable and in need of resolution  is called_________________.

24.  The aspect of music that reveals the relationship of the musical lines and how the blend to create the musical fabric is called______________.

25.  The rate of speed at which a piece of music is played is its_____________.

26.  In what language are tempo markings generally given? ______________.

27.  Accelerando is a term indicating that the speed of the music is________________.

28.  The degree of loudness or softness at which music is played is called______________.

29.  The term timbre refers to?_____________.

30.  Which of the following markings is the softest? 

       a. pianissimo, 

       b. piano, 

       c. mezzo piano, 

       d. mezzo forte

31.  The standard ranges of the human voice from top to bottom are____________.

32.  Woodwind instruments are so called because? ____________

33.  The highness or lowness of a sound is determined by:

34.  Which of the following is true?:

       a.  all tunes are melodies

       c.  all melodies are tunes

       b.  all motives are tunes  

       d.  all phrases are themes

35.  A melodic pattern of pitches repeated at a different pitch level is called a________

36.  Another word for polyphony is______________

37.  Individual movements of music are often referred to by their________________

38.  The two modes or scales that have survived through out the ages and are used for composing most music from 1600-1900 are__________________.

  1. A meter with some aspects of duple in the foreground and at the same time a triple in the back ground would be an example of_________________
  2. The mechanical device that measures the number of beats per minute is known as a __________________
  3. An accent is________________
  4. A gradual slowing in a musical passage is known as _____________
  5. One single melody played or sung without  accompaniment is said to be in what texture?__________________
  6. A melody with other supporting sounds markedly subsidiary is in what texture? __________________
  7. In imitative counterpoint the voices do what?

46.  The form that is diagramed ABA, and contains a departure and then a return of the first section is called____________________.

47.  The form that is diagramed ABACADA, and contains a periodic return of a central theme is called_______________.

True or False Questions

  1. Tempo refers to the speed of a piece of music.
  2. Harmony is the successive sound of individual pitches.
  3. Consonant harmonies are more stable than dissonant harmonies.

Match the following words with the correct equivalents

a.      largo                                                                         51. very loud  

b.      adagio                                                                      52. allegro      

d.      piano                                                                        53. loud          

e.      fast                                                                            54. slow         

a-b.    moderately slow, (at a walking pace)                     55. soft           

b-c.    pp                                                                            56.  medium loud

c-d.    mf                                                                            57  very soft   

d-e.    very fast                                                                  58. presto       

a-e.     f                                                                              59. andante     

a-c      fortissimo (ff)                                                         60. very slow 


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