KS3 Music Quiz
The Concerto 01
A soloist with outstanding ability is called a virtuoso.

The Concerto 01

There are many types of classical music - symphonies, sonatas, nocturnes, cantatas, preludes, fugues... the list goes on and on. One type of classical music looked at in KS3 is the concerto and this quiz will test how well students know this particular style of music.

A concerto is usually a 3-movement piece of music. In the 17th century, concertos were 'sacred works for voices and orchestra' but then things changed. In the romantic era, the concerto largely narrowed to three genres: the violin concerto, the cello concerto and the piano concerto. Virtually no major composer wrote concerts for wind instruments.

Try this quiz and see how much you know about the concerto. As always take your time and read each question carefully before submitting your answers. And remember to read the helpful comments after each question. They can often shed light on anything you are not sure of. Good luck!

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  1. What best describes a concerto?
    The solo instrument is usually a violin, a piano or a cello
  2. What accompanies the solo instrument in concertos?
    A concerto is written for the whole orchestra
  3. What is a concerto grosso?
    Strictly speaking, a form of baroque music in which the musical line is passed between a small group of soloists and the full orchestra
  4. When was the 'baroque' era?
    The baroque era followed the renaissance and was in turn followed by the romantic era
  5. What does 'tutti' mean?
    Think of the ice-cream flavour, tutti frutti - it means 'all (together) fruits' in Italian
  6. A soloist with outstanding ability is called a .......
    Virtuoso has its origin in the Latin word 'virtus', which means 'virtue', 'excellence' or 'skill'
  7. What is a cadenza?
    It's usually played in a 'free' rhythmic style and normally requires great technical ability to play correctly
  8. What does sinfonia concertante mean?
    You can see both words in sinfonia concertante - sinfonia (symphony) concertante (concerto)
  9. A concerto is often made up of how many movements?
    It'd be wise to draw up a list of movements for concertos, symphonies etc., as they do differ and you should know how many feature in different types of music!
  10. Can a concerto have more than one solo instrument?
    Of course! Otherwise, what's a concerto grosso?!

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