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1. What is an aria?

  • A solo vocal piece which shows what the character is thinking and feeling
  • A serious opera, often with a mythological theme
  • A song which tells the story and imitates the rhythm of normal speech
  • A choir
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2. What is the difference between sacred and secular music?

  • Sacred is religious music and secular is non-religious music
  • Sacred is non-religious music and secular is religious music
  • Sacred music can be a light opera and secular music are hymns
  • Sacred music is always played by an organ

3. 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

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

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

5. What is a chorus?

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

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