Variations
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Variations

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Variations in music are simply changes. This quiz requires understanding of variation form, knowledge of some musical definitions and a basic knowledge of music theory.

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1.
What happens in 'variation form'?
A theme is played once, followed by a contrasting theme
A theme is repeated and remains identical each time
A theme is repeated and changed in some way each time
None of the above
It might be wise when revising to make a list of different forms and their attributes
2.
Which of these is a mode for a scale degree?
Phyrigian
Freezian
Ironian
All of the above
The other examples are made up. 'Ionian', not ironian!
3.
'Andante' is representative of .......
dynamic
key signature
tempo
All of the above
4.
What aspects of a theme can change in variation form?
Chords
Tempo
Metre
All of the above
5.
A retrograde inversion is most like .......
writing a theme backwards and upside down
a quiet chord played repeatedly
a type of synthesizer pitch bend effect
None of the above
6.
Which of these terms relate to meter?
Compound duple
Compound triple
Simple duple
All of the above
7.
A basic major triad is .......
a type of loud drone heard in wedding music
a chord with a bass root, a major 3rd and perfect 5th
a type of key signature
None of the above
Triad = bass root, chord = root not necessarily in bass
8.
A minor triad is .......
a chord with a root and diminished 3rd and 5ths
a chord with a root, a major 3rd and perfect 5th
a chord with a root, a minor 3rd and perfect 5th
a type of sad sounding piece played by a flute
9.
What best describes a musical 'ornament'
A decorative musical flourish around a particular note
A dynamic marking
A key signature marking
A time signature marking
Examples: a trill, turn etc.
10.
When the root of a chord is not in the bass it is .......
a warning of an impending loud passage
a warning of an oncoming key change
an inversion
signalling the end of a movement
When revising, try and memorize the numeric symbols which represent 1st and 2nd inversions
Author:  Thomas Daish

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