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Music Studies Department

MDBA 1092

Music Appreciation 2
(Western Music History 1)
MDBA 1092
2 HOURS
FINAL EXAMINATION PAPER MAY - JULY 2015
DATE:
5th
TIME: 9.00am 11.00am

August

2015

NAME: _______________________________________
STUDENT ID: ___________________________________
DEPARTMENT: Music Studies
LECTURER-IN-CHARGE: Ms. Avelyn Chua
EXAMINATION MODE: _______________________ (Written/Presentation)
Instruction: All candidates are not allowed to open this page until
it is permitted by the examiner. Please fill in the particulars before
pursuing this paper. Examiners have the right to disallow candidates
from pursuing the exam if candidates are caught in suspicion or
disqualified.
This exam paper contains: three (3) sections.
Total page(s): Seven (7, including cover page)

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Section A
Circle the correct answer.
1. What are the main properties of musical sounds?
A. Melody, tone color, dynamics and scales.
B. Rhythm, pitch, tone color and duration.
C. Pitch, dynamics, tone color, and duration.
D. Pitch, harmony, melody and key.
2. In the year of 1337-1453, Europe suffered through
A. a crusades undertaken by European Christians to recover the holy city.
B. the disintegration of the Roman Empire.
C. the Hundred Years War and The Black Death.
D. the powerful influence of the Roman Catholic Church.
3. What is Gregorian Chant?
A. Consist of melody set to sacred Latin texts and sung without accompaniment.
B. A series of scales during middle ages.
C. Gregorian chant is a calm, otherworldly quality that represents the voice of the
church
D. A mass.
4. A drone consist of
A. two or three layers of melody without accompaniment.
B. one or more long sustained tones accompanying a melody.
C. harmony and melody wit an accompanying melody.
D. melody accompanied by a fiddle.
5. The estampie is a
A. medieval dance and one of the earliest surviving forms of instrumental music.
B. medieval dance and accompanied by instruments.
C. medieval dance and performed by the court minstrels.
D. name of the troubadour and trouvere from the south and northern France.

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6. Medieval music that consists of Gregorian chant with one or more melodic line is
called
A. Motet
B. Mass
C. Organum
D. Agnus Dei
7. Changes in musical styles in the 14 th century were so profound and was reffered to
Italian and French music as the
A. Rebirth
B. Mass.
C. Ars nova
D. Organum
8. During the Renaissance, the dominant intellectual movement was called
A. Humanism
B. Individualism
C. Organism
D. Classicism
9. Renaissance composers often used_____________, a musical depiction of specific
words.
A. unity of mood
B. Accapella
C. word painting
D. motet
10. Renaissance music does not indicate
A. tempo and dynamics, or specific instruments nor number of performers.
B. melody and harmony or specific singers.
C. key signature, tempo and numbers of patrons.
D. rhythm and dynamics or tone color of instruments.

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11. The baroque period also known as the age of absolutism because
A. many rulers exercised absolute power over subject.
B. it focused on human life and its accomplishments.
C. it was a time of migrations, upheavals and wars.
D. the artistic response to the decline of traditional power.
12. The baroque orchestra evolved into a performing group based on instruments of
A. oboe family
B. violin family
C. brass family
D. Percussion family
13. Besides providing a steady flow of chord, the basso continuo offered the advantage
of
A. descending chromatic scales.
B. emphasizing all important bass part.
C. continuity of dynamics level of volume.
D. rhythmic patterns of a piece.
14. What is the main attraction of opera?
A. Oratorio
B. Aria
C. Prelude
D. Soprano
15. Who is the composer of La Primavera (Four Seasons), Concerto for violin and string
orchestra, Op.8 No. 1?
A. J.S. Bach
B. Antonio Vivaldi
C. Henry Purcell
D. L.V. Beethoven

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16. Baroque music express


A. richness mood.
B. one basic mood.
c. melancholy mood.
d. two basic mood.
17. Josquin Despres was a
A. Renaissance composer
B. Baroque composer
C. Classical composer
D. Medieval composer
18. Madrigal is like a motet, which combines
A. homophonic and polyphonic texture.
B. Gregorian chant and church modes.
C. the mood and contrast.
D. the lute and the drone.
19. What is opera?
A. A drama that is sung to orchestral accompaniment.
B. An instrumental music closely linked with dancing.
C. A Lutheran church service on Sunday.
D. A sound with movement and action.
20. The intellectual movement of Baroque era is
A. Humanism
B. Absolutism
C. Renaissance
D. Neoclassicism

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Section B
Give the best answer for each given questions
1. Describe about music in the middle ages. (4)
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2. What is opera? When and where did opera begin? (3)
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3. In 14th century, theorists referred to Italian and French music as the
New Art (Ars Nova). What is the new art? (4)
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4. What are the two main forms of sacred Renaissance music? (2)
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5. What are the four sets of dance-inspired movement of the Baroque


suite? (4)
1. ________________________________________________
2. ________________________________________________
3. ________________________________________________
4. ________________________________________________
6. Named three composers from each period.
i. ________________________________________________
ii. _______________________________________________
iii. ______________________________________________
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SECTION C

WRITTEN

Students are given a duration of one and a half hour to complete this
section. Answers are to be written in a separate answer sheet
provided. Answer only ONE from the following questions.
1. What are the characteristics of medieval music? Explain in details the
characteristics with a brief of the historical background era.
2. Explain in details the sacred music and secular music of the Renaissance
period. Include an example for both sacred and secular music.
3. What are the characteristics of Baroques music. Explain in details the
characteristics with a brief of the historical background.
4. During Baroque, one of the most profound and developed music is the Opera.
Explains in details the elements of opera.

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