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C9. Periods and Composers Exercises

Grade Six Music Theory - C.9 Periods and Composers Exercises

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1. Name the musical period which most closely fits with each of these centuries:

a) 1600-1700 lightbulbette

b) 1700-1800 lightbulbette

c) 1800-1900 lightbulbette

d) 1900-2000 lightbulbette

 

2. Which musical period does each of these composers belong to?

a) Britten lightbulbette

b) Mozart lightbulbette

c) Elgar lightbulbette

d) Beethoven lightbulbette

e) Handel lightbulbette

f) Ireland lightbulbette

g) Shostakovich lightbulbette

h) Bach lightbulbette

i) Ravel lightbulbette

j) Purcell lightbulbette

k) Haydn lightbulbette

l) Gershwin lightbulbette

m) Verdi lightbulbette

n) Berlioz lightbulbette

o) Debussy lightbulbette

p) Schubert lightbulbette

q) Wagner lightbulbette

r) Stockhausen lightbulbette

 

3) Using the given clues, name the most likely period for each description:

a) A lyrical piece for a large orchestra which modulates from C major to E minor and tells the story of a shipwreck. lightbulbette

b) An energetic piece for four instruments each with an independent melody line, entirely in A minor. lightbulbette

c) A piece for two instruments which each have a different key signature and time signature. lightbulbette

d) A song about unrequited love for soprano voice with a wide range of dynamics and a heavy, chordal piano accompaniment. lightbulbette

e) A piece for solo harpsichord with several ornaments such as trills and turns. lightbulbette

f) A piece built on a pentatonic scale which uses several parallel chords such as C major, D major, E major in succession, and is peppered with highly descriptive performance instructions in French. lightbulbette

g) A piece for clarinet and string quartet which comprises an elegant melody against a light, detached, chordal accompaniment. lightbulbette

 

4) Look at the following extracts and name the most likely musical period each one dates from, giving reasons for your choice.

a) 

elgar-cello

 

b) 

debussy-piano

 

c) 

haydn-string-q

 

d) 

verdi-vocal

 

e) 

handel-oboes

 

f) 

chopin-cello

 

g) 

bach-klavier

 

h) 

stravinsky-clarinet

 

i) 

berg-clarinet

 

j) 

purcell-trio

 

k) 

rachmaninov-piano

 

l) 

mozart-serenade

 

m) 

haydn-piano

 

 

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