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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?
A 3-movement work with accompanied solo instrument
A special type of concert with light effects
An Italian opera
All of the above
The solo instrument is usually a violin, a piano or a cello
2.
What accompanies the solo instrument in concertos?
A 4-part SATB ensemble
A backing rock group
An orchestra
None of the above
A concerto is written for the whole orchestra
3.
What is a concerto grosso?
A large scale concerto with a small group of soloists
A modern rock ballad
A type of polyphonic music
A type of slow movement
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?
1600 - 1750 AD
1800 - 1918 AD
2000+ AD
None of the above
The baroque era followed the renaissance and was in turn followed by the romantic era
5.
What does 'tutti' mean?
Loud
Play/sing together
Fast
All of the above
Think of the ice-cream flavour, tutti frutti - it means 'all (together) fruits' in Italian
6.
A soloist with outstanding ability is called a .......
complete show off!
conductor
virtuoso
None of the above
Virtuoso has its origin in the Latin word 'virtus', which means 'virtue', 'excellence' or 'skill'
7.
What is a cadenza?
A slow movement in a concerto
A slow movement in a symphony
A type of 8-bar guitar solo in a song
Generally a technical passage played by soloists
It's usually played in a 'free' rhythmic style and normally requires great technical ability to play correctly
8.
What does sinfonia concertante mean?
A concert with a concerto in the programme
A concert with a symphony in the programme
Essentially a mixture of symphony and concerto genres
None of the above
You can see both words in sinfonia concertante - sinfonia (symphony) concertante (concerto)
9.
A concerto is often made up of how many movements?
1
2
3
None of the above
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?
No
Yes
Yes - but only if the other instruments are percussive
Yes - but only if the other soloist is a pianist
Of course! Otherwise, what's a concerto grosso?!
Author:  Thomas Daish

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