Multiple Choice Answers

1. The _______ is an essential characteristic of the sonata form.
A. sudden crescendo
B. absence of harmony
C. fluctuation of rhythm
D. development of themes

2. Which mid-eighteenth century composer is credited with having the greatest impact on the significance of the string quartet?
A. Mozart
B. Chopin
C. Haydn
D. Beethoven

3. The Japanese koto is what type of instrument?
A. Brass
B. Percussion
C. Wind
D. String

4. The first section of a sonata in which the theme is presented is commonly called the
A. prodigy.
B. exposition.
C. allegro.
D. recap.

5. In an opera, the standard accompaniment for a recitative is

A. a function of the string quartet.
B. sung by a soprano.
C. played by the orchestra.
D. the basso continuo alone.


6. When the Italian words da capo appear at the end of a measure, the musician is being instructed to

A. play the main part of the musical piece over again.
B. play the refrain.
C. play the next part of the music quietly.
D. hold the notes for an extra three beats.
7. Which of the following is the highest voice in a string quartet?
B. Violin 1
C. Viola
D. Violin 2
8. Which one of the following pieces of music would you most expect to be played by a full orchestra?
A. Minuet
B. Concerto
C. Chamber music
D. Symphony
9. The last “act” of a sonata is known as the
A. rondo.
B. secondary key area.
C. recapitulation.
D. cadenza.
10. In a string quartet, the bass instrument is the
A. cello.
B. viola.
C. drum.
D. bass guitar.
11. Opera _______ is a light, frequently comic style of opera.
A. canonica
B. hysteria
C. buffa
D. seria
12. The music of the Classical era reflects the principles of
A. the splendor of the church.
B. clarity and proportion.
C. ornamentation and extremes.
D. extravagance and unpredictability.
13. The double exposition concerto form differs from the standard sonata form in that
A. it includes a single exposition.
B. the exposition stays in the same key.
C. it’s played by two pianos.
D. it has a cadenza.
14. The second section of a sonata is commonly called the
A. coda.
B. codetta.
C. recapitulation.
D. development.
15. In a sonata form selection, the theme is presented in the
A. harmony.
B. development.
C. tonic or home key.
D. recapitulation.
16. What dates are commonly assigned to the Classical period?
A. 1700–1750
B. 1650–1720
C. 1750–1800
D. 1700–1800
17. A courtly dance in triple meter, with the accent on the first beat of each measure, was the
A. rondo.
B. bouree.
C. minuet.
D. gavotte.


18. The dialogue in an opera is translated for the audience in the
A. score.
B. libretto.
C. perdonate.
D. paggio.
19. Which of the following is a long work for orchestra, usually made up of four movements?
A. Concerto
B. Sonata
C. Symphony
D. Opera
20. Which one of the following patterns represents the rondo form?
A. D C B A
B. A A B B C
C. A B C D
D. A B A C A