KS3 Music Quiz
The Overture 01
A fanfare is a short piece of ceremonial music often played by brass.

The Overture 01

Many genres of music are studied in KS3, from jazz to classical. One variety that students will look at is the overture. This particular quiz focuses on the Musical Overtures unit of the KS3 Music Year 8 curriculum.

An overture is literally an introduction. The word 'overture' come from the French 'ouverture' which means 'opening'. An overture was originally the instrumental introduction to an opera. Then composers like Mendelssohn and Beethoven started to write independent instrumentals, intended to be the first pieces in a programme, and the modern overture was born.

According to Leonard Bernstein, 'Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable'. Let's find out whether you can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable in this quiz. Take your time and be sure to read each question carefully before you choose which answer is correct. Good luck!

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  1. What is the literal meaning of 'overture'?
    From the French word 'ouverture'
  2. In that case, what is an overture?
    Strictly speaking, the instrumental introduction to large-scale dramatic, choral or sometimes instrumental compositions
  3. When was the overture particularly prominent?
    Although symptoms of the overture are noticeable in music by C. Monteverdi (17th century)
  4. Which of these are 'Romantic' composers?
    The romantic era lasted from the late 18th to the early 20th Century
  5. What different types of music feature overtures?
    The overture was particularly common in mid-20th century films and is often still used today
  6. What is a particular characteristic of overtures?
    For example in a musical or opera, those themes may represent characters or highlight a particular song
  7. What is a transition?
    Often used in pieces with a sonta form structure
  8. A 'pivot' chord is best described as .......
    A pivot is a central point joining two parts (think of the centre of a seesaw) so a pivot chord joins two signatures
  9. What best describes a fanfare?
    Often accompanied by percussion
  10. Which of the following wrote overtures?
    Beethoven, Berlioz, Elgar, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Wagner and many other composers also dabbled with overtures

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