The Concerto
A soloist with outstanding ability is called a virtuoso.

The Concerto

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A concerto is usually a 3-movement piece of music. 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.

This Music quiz focuses upon the Concerto.

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
2.
What accompanies the solo instrument in concertos?
A 4-part SATB ensemble
A backing rock group
An orchestra
None of the above
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
5.
What does 'tutti' mean?
Loud
Play/sing together
Fast
All of the above
6.
A soloist with outstanding ability is called a .......
complete show off!
conductor
virtuoso
None of the above
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 program
A concert with a symphony in the program
Essentially a mixture of symphony and concerto genres
None of the above
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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