KS3 Music Quiz
Variations 01
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Variations 01

Variations in music are, in their simplest terms, changes. This KS3 music quiz on variations requires understanding of variation form, knowledge of some musical definitions and a basic knowledge of music theory.

The dictionary definition of 'variation' is 'a different or distinct form or version of something'. In music the definition is much the same. A variation is a technique in which a piece is repeated in a slightly altered form. The differences may be in the rhythm, the melody, the timbre, the harmony, the counterpoint, the orchestration or just about anything else!

See how much knowledge you have picked up on the subject of variations by playing this quiz on the topic. Take your time and read each question thoroughly before you select which answers you think are correct. And don't forget to read the helpful comments which follow each question - they might help to clarify anything you are unsure of. Good luck!.

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  1. A retrograde inversion is most like .......
    It reverses the order of pitches
  2. What best describes a musical 'ornament'
    Examples: a trill, turn etc.
  3. When the root of a chord is not in the bass it is .......
    When revising, try and memorise the numeric symbols which represent 1st and 2nd inversions
  4. 'Andante' is representative of .......
    Andante music should be played at a walking pace - typically, 76–108 beats per minute
  5. A minor triad is .......
    The minor triad is probably the next most common chord after the major triad
  6. Which of these terms relate to metre?
    Duple has two beats per bar and triple has three
  7. What happens in 'variation form'?
    It might be wise when revising to make a list of different forms and their attributes
  8. A basic major triad is .......
    Triad = bass root, chord = root not necessarily in bass
  9. What aspects of a theme can change in variation form?
    Just about anything can be altered
  10. Which of these is a mode for a scale degree?
    The other examples are made up. 'Ionian', not ironian!

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