Music Flashcards

Music Test 5 pt4

The course of Brahms’s artistic and personal life was shaped by the influence of the composer Robert Schumann and his wife Clara.
Brahms created masterpieces in all the traditional forms except opera.
Critics were often scandalized by the subject matter of Verdi’s operas because they seemed to condone rape, suicide, and free love.
Which of the following operas is not by Verdi? Cavalleria rusticana
Verdi’s great comic masterpiece, written when he was seventy-nine, is Falstaff.
Verdi studied music in _________, the city where Italy’s most important opera house, La Scala, is located. Milan
Rigoletto, the title character in Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, is a hunchbacked court jester.
Verdi’s first great success, an opera with strong political overtones, was Nabucco.
Verdi mainly composed his operas to entertain a mass public.
The famous aria “La donna è mobile” is taken from Verdi’s opera Rigoletto.
The soul of a Verdi opera is expressive vocal melody.
Verdi’s later operas differ from his earlier ones in that they have less difference between aria and recitative.greater musical continuity.more imaginative orchestrations.
Puccini’s operas have lasting appeal because he had a marvelous sense of theater.his melodies have short, memorable phrases and are intensely emotional.he minimized the difference between aria and recitative, thus creating a continuous flow of music
In La Bohème, who sings the aria “Che gelida manina” (“How cold your little hand is!”)? Rodolfo
Puccini used melodic and rhythmic elements derived from Asian music in his operas Madame Butterfly and Turandot.
An artistic trend of the 1890s, in which operas dealt with ordinary people and true-to-life situations, was known as verismo.
Which of the following operas was not written by Puccini? I Pagliacci
Puccini’s first successful opera was Manon Lescaut.
La Bohème takes place in Paris.
Mimi and Rodolfo meet for the first time in La Bohème because she has come to his door to ask for a light for her candle.
In La Bohème, Rodolfo is a young poet.
Which of the following operas is considered an example of verismo? Tosca
The composer who had an overwhelming influence on the young Wagner was Ludwig van Beethoven.
Wagner called his works music dramas rather than operas because there are no breaks where applause can interrupt.
Wagner’s last opera was Parsifal.
The librettos to The Ring of the Nibelung were written by Wagner himself.
A short musical idea associated with a person, object, or thought, used by Wagner in his operas, is called leitmotif.
Valhalla, in Wagner’s Ring cycle, is the castle of the gods.
Wagner had an opera house built to his own specifications in Bayreuth.
Wagner’s first successful opera was Rienzi.
Which of the following operas was not composed by Wagner? Fidelio

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