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Composition (Basics) 01
A pulse is more commonly referred to as the beat.

Composition (Basics) 01

Composition is one aspect of music. This unit is specifically focused around the practical basics of composition. Thus this music quiz is more a compilation of specific terms noted for learning by the KS3 syllabus.

Dynamics and timbre are two examples of the basics of composition. According to the 18th Century French composer, Jean-Benjamin de Laborde, 'Composition consists of two things only. The first is the ordering and disposing of several such a manner that their succession pleases the ear. This is what the Ancients called melody. The second is the rendering audible of two or more simultaneous sounds in such a manner that their combination is pleasant. This is what we call harmony, and it alone merits the name of composition.'

See how dynamic you are and give this a whirl to test your knowledge of the basics of composition. Good luck!!

What is a 'note cluster'?
A type of cereal musicians eat!
A played group of notes which are very close together
A really fast passage of music
None of the above
You can hear this in a lot of chordal piano/organ music
Which of these is the softest dynamic marking?
From soft to loud: pp, p, mp, mf, f, ff, fff
Timbre is best described as .......
a way of determining different types of sounds
a type of wood
a type of recording method using a cassette tape
None of the above
Timbre is also described as tone colour or tone quality
What is a tempo?
The key signature
The pace or general speed of a composition
The time signature
All of the above
Examples: andante, allegro, largo etc.
What is meant by a 'polyphonic' texture?
A type of music that sounds like a phone ringing
Where a tune is backed by several underlying harmonies
A piece having two or more tunes sounding the same time
None of the above
The simultaneous overlapping of multiple tunes was particularly common in music of the baroque era
Pitch is .......
a way of describing how high or low a note sounds
indicative of speed
representative of dynamic volume
All of the above
Notes on a piece of music indicate the pitch to play as well as how long to play the note for
What is meant by duration?
A type of dance from Italy
A type of song from France
The durability of an instrument
The length of a note
Duration is the length of time a pitch, or tone, is sounded
A pulse is more commonly referred to as the .......
key change
time signature
The pulse is a repeating series of identical beats at regular intervals
What is meant by the term 'dynamics'?
How loud or quiet the music is meant to be
How fast or slow the music should be
How long the piece should last in minutes
None of the above
The two dynamic symbols you'll come across most often are 'p' for piano, meaning 'soft' and 'f' for forte, meaning 'loud'
Curved lines are written over groups of notes to show .......
note value
pause marks
phrasing in the musical passage
All of the above
Don't get this mixed up with musical ties where a note is held for a longer period of time!
Author:  Thomas Daish

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