Music Flashcards

Contemporary Music Period

Which of the following statements best describes the role of technology with regard to art music in the Contemporary period? Technology has enabled art music composers to experiment with and change the way that they create music.
Which of the following composers did NOT employ total serialism in his work? Ralph Vaughan Williams
Which of the following composers developed the concept of total theater? Carl Orff
Which of the following composers catapulted to the top of the 20th-century avant-garde after composing Firebird, Petrushka, and Le Sacre du Printemps? Igor Stravinsky
The following piece was written by a leading figure of the post-WWII German avant-garde. Identify this composer.1:01 Karlheinz Stockhausen
Which one of the following composers’ style is most closely associated with that of the commercial music world known as Tin Pan Alley? George Gershwin
According to the text, what was the significance of Debussy’s work?10:22 It represented the first viable alternative to tonal music.
Which of the following composers invented the twelve-tone system of composition? Arnold Schoenberg
Which of the following is the composer for this excerpt?:31 Cage
What unique feature of this example suggests that it was written in the Contemporary period?:31 Use of a traditional instrument in a completely new way
Many composers in the contemporary period sought alternatives to tonality, or key-centered music. Which of the following is one such alternative? Serialism
Which one of these composers wrote music for prepared piano? John Cage
Audiences immediately embraced the dodecaphonic work of Arnold Schoenberg. False
Which of the following 20th-century trends sought to restore order, harmony, and emotional restraint to music? Neoclassicism
Which of the following composers most heavily influenced the music of the French post-WWI school of musicians known as Les Six? Erik Satie
Which of the following were important composers in the Contemporary period? Stravinsky and Schoenberg
What compositional technique is illustrated by the following excerpt?:32 New ways to manipulate a traditional instrument
Which of the following movements is associated with Debussy and Ravel? Impressionism
Which of the following trends in contemporary music does this excerpt exemplify?:27 Jazz influence
The composers Samuel Barber, Thea Musgrave, and Ned Rorem resisted the 20th-century trend of serialism. True
Nadia Boulanger was a prominent music teacher who taught some of the most influential composers of the 20th century, including Aaron Copland, Philip Glass, and Walter Piston True
In 20th-century music, traditional harmony and tonality were redefined or rejected in favor of: Atonality and serialism
Who composed the groundbreaking piece The Rite of Spring? Igor Stravinsky
Which of the following was not a French composer? Carl Orff
Which of the following excerpts is atonal music?:14 Excerpt B
Which of the following best describes aleatory music? Music that allows for an element of chance to enter the performance
Which of the following is the composer for this piece?:27 Gershwin
The factor that most clearly distinguishes this example from music of earlier periods is the use of::31 Extended dissonance that doesn’t resolve directly to consonance
Which characteristic of texture in this example is most closely associated with music of the Contemporary period?:45 Thick texture with full and frequently dissonant chords
Given the Hungarian folk music flavor of this example, which of the following is the most likely composer?:13 Bartók
Which of the following is the composer for this piece?10:32 Debussy
Given the atonal nature of this example, which of the following is the most likely composer?:54 Schoenberg
Which of the following composers was known for using folk-based fiddle tunes like the one in the following example?:20 Aaron Copland

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