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Great Choral Music

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Great Choral Music game quiz
"This quiz deals with the greatest works of both sacred and secular choral music from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Good luck and enjoy!"

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1. In 1555, Pope Marcellus decreed that church music "must be sung in a fitting manner, with properly modulated voices, so that everything may be heard and understood". Which Italian composer undertook to compose a mass in honor of Pope Marcellus which adhered to these principles?
    Giovanni Gabrieli
    Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
    Luca Marenzio
    Orazio Vecchi

2. This German composer lived from 1585-1672; his output includes a setting of the Passion, a Christmas oratorio, a setting of the entire book of psalms, several madrigals, instrumental music, and a large body of sacred pieces.
    Melchior Vulpius
    Heinrich Schutz
    Michael Praetorius
    Heinrich Isaac

3. This Italian composer's works bridge the Renaissance and Baroque eras. His best known choral works are his madrigals (both spiritual and secular) and his "Vespro della Beata Vergine". He is principally known, however, for being the first truly great operatic composer.
    Arcangelo Corelli
    Jacopo Peri
    Francesco Cavalli
    Claudio Monteverdi

4. The choral works of Johann Sebastian Bach include the great Mass in B Minor, the Magnificat in D, over one hundred church cantatas, and two mighty settings of the Passion from the gospels of these two evangelists.
    Matthew and John
    Luke and John
    Matthew and Luke
    Matthew and Mark

5. Best known for his oratorio "Messiah", Georg Frederick Handel also wrote this great oratorio which includes choruses about swarms of insects, fire and hail, and darkness and an aria about frogs and diseased cattle.
    Judas Maccabeus
    Israel in Egypt

6. The famous "Hallelujah Chorus" is sung at the conclusion of Handel's "Messiah".

7. Haydn's great oratorio "The Creation" opens with an orchestral prelude. What does it describe?
    The creation of man
    Light being separated from darkness
    The waters separated from dry land

8. Which of the following is NOT a setting of the mass by Mozart?
    The "Credo" mass
    The "Sparrow" mass ("Spatzen messe")
    The "Lord Nelson" mass
    The Coronation mass

9. Which three sections of Mozart's great Requiem were entirely composed by his pupil Sussmayer after his death?
    Offertory, Lacrymosa, and Sanctus
    Sanctus, Benedictus, and Agnus Dei
    Offertory, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei
    Lacrymosa, Sanctus, and Benedictus

10. This great choral work of Beethoven was written with the inscription "From the heart, may it go to the heart."
    Christus am Oelberg
    The Mass in C
    The Ninth (Choral) Symphony
    Missa Solemnis

11. Which great German poet wrote the text used for Beethoven's great Ninth symphony (the "Ode to Joy")?

12. This French composer's Requiem includes four brass choruses, a movement in which the chorus sings only two notes in repetition, and another movement in which the orchestral accompaniment consists of flutes and trombones.
    Hector Berlioz
    Cesar Franck
    Charles Gounod
    Theodore Dubios

13. Which of the following is true of Johannes Brahms' great "Deutsches Requiem"?
    It does not use the text of the Catholic Requiem mass
    It was written after the death of the composer's mother
    Jesus is not mentioned by name in the text
    All of these

14. These two Italian opera composers each wrote a major sacred choral work in operatic style. One, known primarily for his operatic comedies, wrote a setting of the Stabat Mater. The other wrote a powerful setting of the Requiem in honor of a great Italian author. Ironically, the latter composer's Requiem had started out as a joint work with other prominent Italian composers of his day on the occasion of the previous composer's death.
    Bellini and Verdi
    Rossini and Puccini
    Rossini and Verdi
    Donizetti and Verdi

15. The music of this Austrian composer includes several settings of the mass, a Te Deum, and several motets.
    Richard Strauss
    Anton Bruckner
    Robert Schumann
    Gustav Mahler

16. Apart from Beethoven, which of these great symphonists wrote symphonies utilizing chorus and soloists?
    Anton Bruckner
    Paul Hindemith
    Johannes Brahms
    Gustav Mahler

17. Carl Orff's great "Carmina Burana" is based on medieval German-Latin poetry and is divided into seven sections. What is the theme of the beginning and closing section of the work?
    The Spring

18. "Belshazzar's Feast" is a "partita for chorus and orchestra" by this British composer best known for composing the scores for Laurence Olivier's Shakespearean films, and for the royal march "Crown Imperial".
    William Walton
    Benjamin Britten
    Edward Elgar
    Ralph Vaughan Williams

19. This twentieth century British composer's choral works include "Rejoice in the Lamb", "A Ceremony of Carols", "Five Flower Songs", "A War Requiem", and "A Festival Te Deum."
    Herbert Howells
    Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Gustav Holst
    Benjamin Britten

20. "In the Beginning" is an exciting choral work by this American composer, also known for "Rodeo", "Billy the Kid", and "Appalachian Spring".
    Charles Ives
    Samuel Barber
    Aaron Copland
    Leonard Bernstein

21. In what language did Leonard Bernstein write his "Chichester Psalms"?

22. This French composer's works include a setting of the "Gloria", four Lenten motets, four Christmas motets, a Litany to the "black virgin", and a Stabat Mater.
    Claude Debussy
    Ernest Chausson
    Francis Poulenc
    Gabriel Faure

23. This Russian composer, best known for his piano works, composed a setting of the Russian vespers and a choral setting of Edgar Allen Poe's poem "The Bells".
    Peter Illych Tchiakovsky
    Ignace Padarewski
    Alexander Glazounov
    Sergei Rachmaninoff

24. The Requiem settings of French composers Gabriel Faure and Maurice Durufle omit this section of the mass.
    Dies Irae
    Libera me

25. Which of these great twentieth century composers wrote the "Symphony of Psalms"?
    Aaron Copland
    Charles Ives
    William Schumann
    Igor Stravinsky

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