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History of Music III

Study Guide

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Each exam will be in 3 parts:


  1. Multiple choice questions
  2. Listening identification
  3. Essay

Exam 1 Essay Questions

You will be randomly assigned one of these to write about for the exam.

  1. Discuss the differences between classical and romantic musical styles (in particular, the genres that were most significant in each period)

  2. Describe the influence of Beethoven on composers of both orchestral and chamber works.

  3. Describe the impact of the middle class on the music culture of the nineteenth century.

  4. Compare the lives and music of Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel.  Describe how their roles as women in 19th century society impacted their careers as performers and composers.

  5. Describe the differences in Italian, French, and German opera in the 19th century


Exam 2 Essay Questions

You will be randomly assigned one of these to write about for the exam.

  1. Describe the impact of nationalism, realism, and exoticism on opera in the late nineteenth century.

  2. Compare the musical styles of nationalist and internationalist composers active in two of the following regions: Russia, Bohemia, Scandinavia, England, or the United States.

  3. Describe the growth of popular music in the United States in the second half of the nineteenth century.  Include a discussion of band music and popular songs.

  4. Compare the various methods of developing a theme as heard in works by Brahms, Liszt, and Richard Strauss.


Exam 3 Essay Questions

You will be randomly assigned one of these to write about for the exam.

  1. Discuss the main features of the avant-garde movement of the early twentieth century as exemplified in the works of Satie and the futurists.

  2. Describe characteristics of Stravinsky's music that remain constant through his three major stylistic periods.  Mention key works in each.

  3. Compare the American styles of Aaron Copland and William Grant Still.  Cite specific works to illustrate your points.

  4. Discuss the use of serialism and other complex systems during the postwar years.

  5. Trace the development of minimalism from its avant-garde beginnings to its popular acceptance.  Include the names of important composers and works.


 Listening Exam Answer Sheet

Print this out (do not change any formatting) before taking the exam.  You must have the sheet to be able to answer the listening questions.

Listening List

The list below includes all of the pieces for which you are responsible this semester.  They are in the same order as your Course Outline.

You cannot download them.  When you click on the link, they will stream from the TSU server.  Use your own CDs if you wish to transfer audio to your iPod, etc.

Chapter 24

Beethoven (1798): Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 (I)

Beethoven (1803): Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55 (I)

Beethoven (1826):  String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131 (I)

Chapter 25

Schubert (1814) - Gretchen am Spinnrade

R. Schumann (1840) - Dichterliebe, Op. 48, No. 1

Foster (1854) - Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair

R. Schumann (1837) - Carnaval, Op. 9, (Eusebius and Florestan)

Chopin (1835) - Nocturne  No. 8 in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2

Liszt (1849) - Three Concert Studies, No. 3

Chapter 26

Berlioz (1830): Symphonie fantastique (V)

Mendelssohn (1844): Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64 (III)

C. Schumann (1846): Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17 (III)

Chapter 27

Rossini (1816): Il barbiere di Siviglia, Act I/No. 7

Bellini (1831): Norma, Act 1/Scene 4

Weber (1821): Der Freischütz, Act II/Finale, Wolf’s Glen Scene

Chapter 28

Wagner (1859): Tristan und Isolde, Prelude/Conclusion to Act I

Verdi (1853): La traviata, Act III, Scene and Duet

Mussorgsky (1874): Boris Gudunov, Coronation Scene

Sullivan (1879): The Pirates of Penzance, Act II, No. 17

Chapter 29

Brahms (1885): Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98 (IV)

Brahms (1864): Quintet for Piano and Strings in F Minor, Op. 34 (I)

Strauss (1897): Don Quixote, Op. 35: Themes and Variations 1-2

Mahler (1901): Kindertotenlieder, No. 1

Chapter 30

Tchaikovsky (1893): Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 (III)

Dvorak (1878): Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, No. 1

Beach (1897): Piano Quintet in F-sharp Minor, Op. 67 (III)

Chapter 31/Chapter 32

Schoenberg (1912): Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21/8

Schoenberg (1912): Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21/13

Stravinsky (1913): The Rite of Spring (Danse Des)

Stravinsky (1913): The Rite of Spring (Danse Sacre)

Stravinsky (1930): Symphony of Psalms (I)

Bartok (1936): Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta (III)

Ives (1914): General William Booth Enters into Heaven

Chapter 34

Milhaud (1923): La création du monde, Op. 81a, First tableau

Hindemith (1934): Symphony Mathis der Maler (II)

Prokofiev (1939): Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78 (IV)

Shostakovich (1937): Symphony No. 5, Op. 47 (II)

Cowell (1925): The Banshee

Copland (1945): Appalachian Spring (excerpts)

Still (1930): Afro-American Symphony (I)

Chapter 35

Messiaen (1941): Quartet for the End of Time (I)

Cage (1948): Sonatas and Interludes, Sonata V

Berio (1966): Sequenza III for female voice

Crumb (1970): Black Angels (a)

Crumb (1970): Black Angels (b)

Penderecki (1960): Threnody:  To the Victims of Hiroshima

Chapter 36

Adams (1986):  Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Zwilich (1982):  Symphony No. 1 (I)

Schnittke (1976): Concerto Grosso No. I (II)





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