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Are You Smarter Than A Music Major? Take This "Intro To Music History" Quiz And Find Out

Time to flex your music history knowledge.

  1. HOW MANY MUSICAL PERIODS ARE TYPICALLY STUDIED?

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    There are six music periods that are typically studied

    Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern/20th & 21st Century

  2. MUSIC FROM THE RENAISSANCE PERIOD IS GROUPED INTO TWO CATEGORIES: SACRED MUSIC AND _______ MUSIC.

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    Secular Music

    The Renaissance Period had two main musical categories. Sacred music is music about or having to do with religion. Secular music is music that is not about and has nothing to do with religion.

  3. WHO IS THIS?

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    This is a portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven

  4. GREGORIAN CHANT WAS POPULAR DURING WHICH MUSICAL PERIOD?

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    Medieval

  5. WHAT IS THIS?

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    It's a harpsichord

    The harpsichord is actually the closest precursor to the modern day piano.

  6. WHICH COMPOSER IS NOT FROM THE CLASSICAL PERIOD?

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    Herbert Grönemeyer

    Grönemyer is actually a German singer — who's very much alive!

  7. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN OPERA AND AN ORATORIO?

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    Oratorio is classified as sacred, but opera is classified as secular

    Oratorio and Opera are very similar as both forms of music have recitatives, choruses, and an orchestra. However, an oratorio requires no staging, while an opera does.

  8. WHAT DOES MONOPHONIC MEAN?

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    Musical texture of a single unaccompanied melodic line

  9. CHRISTOPH GLUCK'S "O DEL MIO DOLCE ARDOR" IS AN EXAMPLE OF A(N):

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    An Aria

    "O del mio dolce ardor" is an aria from the opera "Paride ed Elena" by Christoph Gluck.

  10. 20TH CENTURY ROCK MUSIC IS INFLUENCED BY THESE STYLES:

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    R&B and Country

  11. WHICH IS ~NOT~ AN INSTRUMENT PROMINENTLY FEATURED IN BAROQUE MUSIC?

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    Saxophone

    Unfortunately, the saxophone didn't exist during the Baroque Period.