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Dynamics (music): Quiz


Question 1: However, a major reason for the use of terraced dynamics is that the ________, which was the principal keyboard instrument of the period, was incapable of gradations of volume.
HarpsichordVirginalsBaroque musicConcerto

Question 2: Hairpins are usually written below the staff, but are sometimes found above, especially in music for ________ or in music with multiple melody lines being played by a single performer.
Head voiceVocal pedagogyHuman voiceSinging

Question 3: During the ________ period, the use of terraced dynamics was common.
MannerismBaroqueRenaissanceWestern art history

Question 4: The Renaissance composer ________ was one of the first to indicate dynamics in music notation, but dynamics were used sparingly by composers until the late 18th century.
Giovanni GabrieliAdrian WillaertVenetian polychoral styleAndrea Gabrieli

Question 5: In Holst's ________, ƒƒƒƒ occurs twice in Mars and once in Uranus often punctuated by organ and ƒƒƒ occurs several times throughout the work.
The PlanetsConcert bandSymphony No. 6 (Mahler)Orchestra

Question 6: One particularly noteworthy use of forzando is in the second movement of ________'s Surprise Symphony.
Joseph HaydnHaydn and MozartLudwig van BeethovenWolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Question 7: In ________, dynamics normally refers to the volume of a sound or note, but can also refer to every aspect of the execution of a given piece, either stylistic (staccato, legato etc.) or functional (velocity).
Music theoryMusical notationMusicClassical music

Question 8: The Norman Dello Joio Suite for Piano ends with a crescendo to a ƒƒƒƒ, and Tchaikovsky indicated a bassoon solo pppppp in his Pathétique symphony and ƒƒƒƒ in passages of his ________ and the 2nd movement of his 5th symphony.
Capriccio Italien1812 OvertureMinnesota OrchestraWellington's Victory

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