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Music History Challenge


As you already know, there were five major periods in Music History. But do you know the distinct differences from one period to the next? Well, let's test your knowledge on these periods! You will receive a clue and musical example, whereupon you will need to select the correct time period. Once you correctly answer question #1, you will proceed to question #2.

CLUE #1: A roundness of form, equal means of expression, content, and discipline characterized this time period. All music of this period was influenced largely by the growth of sonata form. Music was simple, balanced and non-emotional.

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Click the button you think is the correct Period:

CLUE #2: Music consists of flowing melodies, chords, and rhythms with lush orchestrations to create a musical scene or idea. An artistic movement depicting music which seems to hint, rather than state; music which is vague and intangible as the changing lights of day and subtle noises of the rain and wind.

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CLUE #3: Instrumental music, especially using stringed instruments, this is the period when the modern orchestra began to develop. This period saw the gradual adoption of tonality; complex polyphonic music consisting of elaborate layering of melodies. Much of the music for instruments contained several contrasting sections or movements.

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CLUE #4: The music of this period emphasizes subjective and emotional elements, translating into music the feelings of the human soul. From the technical point of view, the most important achievements of this period are the full exploitation of chromatic harmony, development of a rich and varied palette of tonal colors, particularly in orchestral music, and the cultivation of expressive devices such as tempo, rubato, dynamic fluctuation.

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Congratulations! You have correctly answered all four questions.

Twentieth Century was the only style period that was not questioned. During this period we have seen the creation of several major music forms. Of these were the NeoClassical (new music similar to music of the classical period), Aleatory or Chance, Avante Garde, Serialism, Atonal, Jazz and Electronic Music.

Click here to listen to "Prelude #2 in a minor, Opus 87", written by Dmitri Shostakovich. Shostakovich wrote his 24 Preludes in homage to the anniversary of the publication of Johann Sebastian Bach's Well Tempered Clavier.

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