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Question 1: Among keyboard instruments, the most dramatic disappearance was that of the ________, which gradually went out of style during the second half of the 18th century.
HarpsichordBaroque musicVirginalsConcerto

Question 2: Many composers wrote complex polyphonic part music (early ________) for viol consort, an ensemble of differently sized viols (typically held vertically) with a varying number of viols in it.
String quartetChamber musicSonataClassical music

Question 3: Historically informed performance (also referred to as period performance, authentic performance, or Historically Informed Performance Practice (HIPP)) is an approach, or movement, in the performance of ________.
Musical notationMusical formMusic theoryClassical music

Question 4: Also, some listeners who have ________ are disturbed by the fact that historically informed performances often use a lower pitch than traditional performances (415 Hz vs 440 Hz).
Face perceptionBlood typeAbsolute pitchHuman height

Question 5: Most notably, much of the music of Bach that ________ and Gustav Leonhardt recorded made use of boy sopranos even for the solo parts.
Daniel BarenboimLeonard BernsteinBirgit NilssonNikolaus Harnoncourt

Question 6: Historically informed performances sometimes use male singers, called ________, to sing alto parts.

Question 7: Compositions intended to be sung by ________ present a problem.
CastratoFachFalsettoBel canto

Question 8: This chapter contains the full version of the quotation above concerning tuning, which is from the French critic ________.
Charles de Saint-ÉvremondEnglandFrançois de MalherbeFrançois le Métel de Boisrobert

Question 9: Historically informed performance might have originated in the performance of Medieval, Renaissance, and ________, but has come to encompass music from the Classical and Romantic eras as well.
ChoirJohann Sebastian BachOperaBaroque music

Question 10: The ________ became more popular by such a degree that harpsichords were destroyed; indeed, the Paris Conservatory is notorious for having used harpsichords for firewood during the French Revolution and Napoleonic times.
FortepianoJohann Andreas SteinHistorically informed performanceGottfried Silbermann


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