Only A True Musician Can Get 17/17 On This Music Notation Quiz

Can you Handel this music quiz? Or does it make you want to go into Haydn? Okay, too much? We'll try to dial it Bach.

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  1. 1. Which musical note is this?

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    Whole note
    Quarter note
    32nd note
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's a quarter note.

  2. 2. What is the name of this symbol?

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    Staccato
    Fermata
    Bass clef
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is the bass clef.

  3. 3. Which one is wrong?

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    ②
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Pianissimo is softer than mezzo piano.

  4. 4. Which symbol indicates a repeat?

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    ②
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    ③
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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The correct answer is ③.

  5. 5. What's the name of this symbol?

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    Fine
    Tie
    C clef
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That's a tie.

  6. 6. How do you read this?

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    Dal segno
    Da capo
    Dee Ess
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Dal segno (commonly paired with "al coda").

  7. 7. What does this mean?

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    Making the blood boil
    At medium speed
    Violently
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    At medium speed.

  8. 8. What instrument does this indicate?

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    Clarinet
    Sackbut
    Bassoon
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Fagotto (singular form of fagotti) is the Italian term for bassoon.

  9. 9. What key is this?

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    D major
    E major
    B major
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    B major.

  10. 10. Now what is its relative minor?

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    G-sharp minor
    D minor
    C minor
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    G-sharp minor.

  11. 11. And how about its parallel minor?

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    B minor
    G-sharp minor
    F minor
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    B minor (whose relative major is D major, with two sharps in its key signature).

  12. 12. What major key is this the dominant chord of?

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    A major
    C major
    G major
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is the V chord (dominant chord) of C major.

  13. 13. What mode is this?

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    Lydian
    Dorian
    Major
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is dorian mode.

  14. 14. What is the time signature of each of these measures from the opening movement of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition?"

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    5/4, followed by 6/4
    12/8, followed by 9/8
    11/4 the whole way through
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    5/4, followed by 6/4 (although the original version indicated longer measures in 11/4).

  15. 15. What well-known Baroque work does this ground bass come from?

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    Pachelbel's Canon
    Dido's Lament (Purcell)
    Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor (Bach)
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's Pachelbel's Canon.

  16. 16. What symphonic work does this motif belong to?

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    Symphonie Fantastique (Berlioz)
    Symphony No. 41 (Mozart)
    Symphony No. 5 (Beethoven)
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is from Beethoven's 5th Symphony.

  17. 17. And finally, what famous piece of classical music is this? (Hint: You definitely played this in your childhood piano lessons.)

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    Für Elise (Beethoven)
    Moonlight Sonata (Beethoven)
    Clair de Lune (Debussy)
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is Beethoven's Für Elise.

Only A True Musician Can Get 17/17 On This Music Notation Quiz

You're at an elementary-school music level.

You got a few of these questions right, but you definitely need to brush up your music skills. It looks like you've forgotten a lot since those piano lessons that your parents spent so much money on.

You're at an elementary-school music level.
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You've dabbled quite a bit in music.

You got more correct answers than average, which means you probably used to know something related to music. But it's been a while since you actually put those skills to good use. Why not start it up again? If music be the food of love, play on!

You've dabbled quite a bit in music.
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You can't live without music.

You answered everything with almost no problems, which means that music must be a big part of your daily life. You can't imagine a life without music!

You can't live without music.
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