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Form and Structure 01
An 'Ostinato' is a motif/phrase persistently repeated by a musical voice. It is commonly described as a 'riff' in rock/jazz.

Form and Structure 01

Form and structure at two very important words in music, and that includes KS3 music too. This quiz will test your knowledge of musical form and structure and some of the related terms.

Binary and ternary are two words related to form and structure of music - but do you know the difference? We'll find out in this quiz.

One of the most famous of all classical composers, Ludwig van Beethoven, said, 'Music - the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.'

We might not be able to comprehend the 'higher world of knowledge' but we can, with study, comprehend the form and structure of music. So, have a go at this quiz. Be sure to read each question carefully before choosing which of the four answers is correct. Take your time and don't forget the helpful comments which come after each question. Good luck!.

1.
Which motif structure best defines binary form?
AABB
ABA
ABCA
ABCCD
Remember, in binary form sections are often repeated
2.
What music is most likely to feature verse and chorus?
Concerto
Film score
Hymn
Symphony
Also common in musicals and vocal rock tracks
3.
What is an 'Ostinato'?
A motif/phrase persistently repeated by a musical voice
A type of jazz tuning system
An italian keyboard instrument from the baroque era
An italian opera
Commonly described as a 'riff' in jazz/rock
4.
The structure of binary form features .......
Two related sections, often repeated (AB, AABB)
Three sections (ABA)
Five sections (ABCDA)
Six sections (ABABAB)
Binary form was popular during the Baroque period (1600 to 1750)
5.
What is ternary form?
A structure featuring a recurring A section
A three-part ABA structure
A two-part AB structure in a piece of music
A type of transition between different instruments
Tertiary form is also referred to as 'song form'
6.
What best describes a 'round'?
A circular seating layout for performers of modern music
An alternative description for a movement in a concerto
The way acoustics travel around the building/hall
Where many voices sing a repeated tune at different times
Many nursery rhyme songs are arranged as a round
7.
Which motif structure best defines rondo form?
AB
ABACABA
ABCB
ABCDCB
This is due to the returning original theme (or A section)
8.
In music, 'call and response' is a .......
constantly repeated 4-bar section
conversation between conductor and audience members
jump from tonic to dominant between two music sections
succession of two phrases played by different musicians
The second phrase is direct commentary on or a response to the first
9.
Which motif structure best defines ternary form?
AABB
AB
ABA
ABCB
Ternary form is a 3-part ABA structure
10.
What term prompts a restatement of sounds / sequences?
Accelerando
Crescendo
Pause
Repetition
Repetition of a musical passage is often indicated by the use of a repeat sign which looks like a colon :
Author:  Thomas Daish

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