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Music: An Appreciation: An Appreciation, Brief 4/e
Roger Kamien, Hebrew University

The Middle Ages and Renaissance
Music in the Renaissance

Multiple Choice Quiz

Please answer all questions



1

The texture of Renaissance music is chiefly
A)monophonic
B)homophonic
C)polyphonic
D)heterophonic
2

The Renaissance madrigal began around 1520 in
A)England
B)France
C)Italy
D)Flanders
3

Much of the instrumental music composed during the Renaissance was intended for
A)the concert hall
B)religious worship
C)dancing
D)the piano
4

The dominant intellectual movement of the Renaissance was called
A)feudalism
B)humanism
C)classicism
D)paganism
5

A cappella refers to
A)unaccompanied choral music
B)men taking their hats off in church
C)singing in a hushed manner because one is in church
D)any form of music appropriate for church use
6

A polyphonic instrumental composition employing imitation is the
A)madrigal
B)ballett
C)ricercar
D)motet
7

Palestrina's career centered in
A)the Netherlands
B)Florence
C)Naples
D)Rome
8

Renaissance melodies are usually easy to sing because
A)the level of musicianship in the Renaissance was not very high
B)the music was mostly homophonic, so that one could sing it with a group
C)there was a sharply defined beat, which kept the performers together
D)the melody usually moves along a scale with few large leaps
9

Palestrina's Pope Marcellus Mass sounds fuller than Josquin's Ave Maria because
A)Palestrina was a better composer
B)it is set for six voices instead of four
C)the recording engineer adjusted the levels differently
D)all of the above
10

Josquin Desprez was a contemporary of
A)Christopher Columbus
B)Perotin
C)Palestrina
D)Queen Elizabeth of England
11

The madrigal anthology The Triumphes of Oriana was written in honor of
A)Queen Anne
B)King Henry VIII
C)the goddess Diana
D)Queen Elizabeth I
12

A madrigal, like a motet, is a vocal composition that combines homophonic and polyphonic textures; but it differs from the motet in that it
A)uses a vernacular rather than Latin text
B)more often uses word painting and unusual harmonies
C)both a and b
D)neither a nor b
13

Thomas Weelkes's As Vesta Was Descending is notable for its
A)word painting
B)completely homophonic texture
C)instrumental accompaniment
D)monophonic texture
14

The development of the English madrigal can be traced to 1588 and considered a result of
A)the Spanish armada
B)a decree by Queen Elizabeth
C)the writings of Shakespeare
D)the publication in London of a volume of translated Italian madrigals