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1. What is a recitative?

  • A song which tells the story and imitates the rhythm of normal speech
  • A mass for the dead
  • A shorter version of an opera
  • A lighter, more everyday-themed opera
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2. What is a chorus?

  • A serious opera, often with a mythological theme
  • A piece in an opera, oratorio or cantata sung by the choir
  • A shorter version of an opera
  • A vocal piece accompanied by the harpsichord

3. What are terraced or stepped dynamics?

  • Dynamics which contrast in both upper and lower parts
  • Dynamics which change suddenly
  • Loud volume
  • Gradual changes in volume

4. What is a basso continuo?

  • A short musical idea
  • A continuous bass part
  • A solo improvisation
  • Switching between related keys

5. What is the approximate date of the Baroque period?

  • 1600 - 1750
  • 1650 - 1800
  • 1550 - 1650
  • 1600 - 1800

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