KS3 Music Quiz
Arrangement 01
Descant, the high-pitched counter-melody, is found in hymns.

Arrangement 01

One of the topics studied in KS3 music is arrangement. An arrangement is a reworking of a previously composed piece. It may be different to the original work in many ways and often involves adding new thematic material, In essence, an arrangement gives an existing melody more musical variety.

Interludes and codas are two of the things found in the arrangement of music. Composers are not always against arrangements of their works. Due to a poor grasp of the ability to do so himself, the American composer George Gershwin had his Rhapsody in Blue orchestrated and arranged by Ferde Grofe.

This quiz will test your knowledge of some of the terms used in musical arrangements. Take your time and read each question carefully before deciding which of the four given answers is correct. And don't forget the helpful comments. These come after each question and may help to clarify anything you were unsure of. Now, let's see if you can 'arrange' a score of 10-out-of-ten!

  1. What is a descant?
    Descants are commonly found in church hymns
  2. What kinds of music feature improvisation?
    Most commonly found in music from 1900+ but still found in many classical pieces and modern day recordings
  3. What is an interlude?
    Interludes are shorter pieces of music which are inserted between longer sections
  4. What type of passage brings a section to a conclusion?
    The word Coda is Italian for 'tail'
  5. What high-pitched counter-melody is found in hymns?
    Descant means 'voice above'
  6. A harmonic accompaniment is mainly provided by .......
    The harmonic accompaniment provides support for the melody or main themes of a piece of music
  7. Which of the following is the bass line?
    You'll find basslines in a lot of popular music, from jazz and blues to funk and electronic. But wherever it is, a bassline is played by the low-pitched instruments in the rhythm section
  8. A Coda is .......
    Often consists of a few bars, sometimes a section!
  9. 'Tone quality' or 'Tone colour' specifically relates to .......
    Timbre is what makes each musical sound different, even when they have the same pitch and loudness. For example, a trumpet and a piano playing the same note at the same volume still sound 'different'
  10. What does 'Question and Answer' mean?
    Remember, A to B, dominant to tonic passages

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