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C1b. Reading a Chamber Music Score Exercises

Grade 6 Music Theory - General Knowledge Lesson 1b: Reading a Chamber Music Score - Exercises

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    1. Which of the following types of composition normally fall into the category "chamber music" (choose all that apply)? lightbulbette

      • Sonata
      • Symphony
      • Quintet
      • Concerto
      • Lied

    2.  Answer "True" or "False" for these statements about the piano:

      1. The upper stave is usually played by the right hand. lightbulbette
      2. The lower stave always uses the bass clef. lightbulbette
      3. The letters m.s. indicate that the player should use his/her left hand. lightbulbette
      4. It is possible to have the same clef on both staves. lightbulbette
      5. Occasionally the alto clef is used for the right hand. lightbulbette
      6. Occasionally piano music is written on three, rather than two, staves. lightbulbette 
      7. The clef of a stave can only change at the beginning of a line of music. lightbulbette

Look at the extract below, which is the beginning of Schubert's Quintet in A Major , Op.114 ("The Trout Quintet") and answer the questions.



  1. What is the lowest note played by the viola in this extract? lightbulbette
  2. Bar 1 of the Violoncello/Basso part contains a crotchet (quarter note) and a semibreve (whole note) - explain which instrument should play which note and why. lightbulbette
  3. Explain "8va............" in bars 15-17 of the piano part. lightbulbette
  4. What is the letter name of the last note in this extract played in the left hand piano part? lightbulbette
  5. How many violins play in the first bar of the piece? lightbulbette
  6. True or False: in bar 7, the violin and cello play in unison. lightbulbette


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