Music: High School: 9th and 10th Grade Quiz - The Concerto (Questions)

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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
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
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
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
Music: High School: 9th and 10th Grade Quiz - The Concerto (Answers)
1. What best describes a concerto?
[x] 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
[x] An orchestra
[ ] None of the above
3. What is a concerto grosso?
[x] 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?
[x] 1600 - 1750 AD
[ ] 1800 - 1918 AD
[ ] 2000+ AD
[ ] None of the above
5. What does 'tutti' mean?
[ ] Loud
[x] Play/sing together
[ ] Fast
[ ] All of the above
6. A soloist with outstanding ability is called a .......
[ ] complete show off!
[ ] conductor
[x] 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
[x] 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
[x] 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
[x] 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
[x] 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?!