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  1. Dates of the two World Wars
    World War I (1914-1918) World War II (1939-1945)
  2. List 11 scientific advancements of the 20th century:
    Airplanes, walked on the moon, sound recordings, movies, radio, satellites, computers, the Internet, theory of relativity, probed the unconscious, discovered the structure of DNA
  3. During the 20th century the dominant culture centers shifted from Vienna and Paris to ______________ and _________________.
    New York and Hollywood
  4. Who painted a "graphic representation of a mood and not of objects?"
    Wassily Kandinsky
  5. Whose ballet provoked a riot in Paris in 1913?
    Igor Stravinsky
  6. List ten early 20th century composers
    Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, Anton Webern, Béla Bartók, Dmitri Shostakovich, Charles Ives, George Gershwin, William Grant Still, Aaron Copland, and Alberto Ginastera
  7. T/F20th century composers used a common style throughout most of the century.
    False
  8. What 3 characteristics of American jazz did composers find so intriguing?
    syncopated rhythms, improvisational quality, and tone colors
  9. List some sources of musical ideas for modern composers:
    folk and popular music, western music, Hungarian, Bulgarian, and Romanian folk songs, and peasant music
  10. What is a glissando?
    a rapid slide up or down a scale
  11. How would you characterize the use of instruments by early 20th century composers?
    experimental and unusual
  12. What happened to the traditional roles of consonance and dissonance in much 20th century music?
    they were abandoned in much music.
  13. A combination of two or more chords at a time is called a ______________________.
    Polychord
  14. What body parts could play a tone cluster?
    Fist or forearm
  15. What did the new rhythmic vocabulary emphasize?
    irregularity and unpredictability
  16. Two or more contrasting rhythms together is called _________________________.
    polyrhythm
  17. Define ostinato:
    a motive or phrase that is repeated persistently at the same pitch throughout a section
  18. What is the new concert hall of the 20th century?
    television
  19. What was the first opera created for television?
    Amahl and the Night Visitors
  20. Why, for the first time in music history, did 20th century audiences prefer old traditional works at concerts?
    To avoid alienating audiences, many conductors chose not to perform “difficult” contemporary works, but favored works that were relatively accessible in style.
  21. What was the first milestone for black performers in America?
    baritone Todd Duncan performed at the New York City Opera company in 1945 and the contralto Marian Anderson sang at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955.
  22. How did Hitler help the arts in America?
    Many composers left Europe to come to America.
  23. What part have American colleges and universities played in our musical culture?
    They have trained and employed many of our leading composers, performers, and scholars.
  24. What painting inspired the use of the word Impressionism to describe an artistic style of the late 19th century?
    Impression: Sunrise
  25. What fascinated impressionist painter most of all?
    water
  26. Why did Debussy leave his studies in Rome when he was 24?
    He lacked musical inspiration away from Paris
  27. How old was Debussy when he wrote "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun"?
    32
  28. What is a pentatonic scale?
    A five tone scale
  29. How many notes are in a whole-tone scale?
    Six
  30. T/FDebussy's music is rich with accent and rhythmic force.
    False
  31. What did neoclassicism emphasize?
    emotional restraint, balance, and clarity
  32. List Stravinski's 3 early ballets:
    The Firebird, Petrushka, The Rite of Spring
  33. What shocked and outraged audiences when they first heard "The Rite of Spring"?
    its pagan primitive, harsh dissonance, percussiveness, and pounding rhythms
  34. Using one or two words, identify each of Stravinski's 4 stylistic periods.
    Russian Ballets; Unconventional Ragtime; Neoclassical Exploration; Twelve-Tone
  35. What did the expressionist emphasize in their works?
    intense, subjective emotion
  36. Who were Schoenberg's two students who became prominent composers?
    Alban Berg and Anton Webern
  37. How did Schoenberg believe his "discovery" of the twelve tone system would benefit his homeland?How was he rewarded by the Nazis?
    ensure the supremacy of German music for the next hundred years; They dismissed him from his post
  38. What is "sprechstimme"?
    speech-voice
  39. What four way can the tone row be presented in serial music?
    forward (original form), backward (retrograde), upside down (inversion), and backward and upside down (retrograde inversion)
  40. What was Berg's famous opera?
    Wozzeck
  41. What kind of atmosphere does Berg's music for the opera present?
    Nightmarish
  42. How did Webern die?
    he was shot by mistake by an American soldier.
  43. What is unusual about Webern's compositions?
    Most of his works last only 2 or 3 minutes and all of his mature output can be played in less than 3½ hours
  44. How did Bartok become an expert in Hungarian folk songs?
    he spent most of his free time in tiny villages recording peasant folk songs
  45. Since his compositions did not sell, how did Charles Ives make money?
    he founded a successful insurance agency
  46. How long after he quit composing did Ives begin to get recognition?
    18 years
  47. What was George Gershwin's opera?His most famous orchestral composition?
    Porgy and Bess; Rhapsody in Blue
  48. Which piece has the distinction of being the first piece by a black composer to be performed by a major symphony orchestra?
    Afro-American Symphony
  49. What did Gershwin and Copland have in common?
    Their parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants.
  50. List Copland's 3 ballets:
    Billy the Kid, Rodeo, and Appalachian Spring

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