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Atonality and Serialism

1. What characteristic of late 19th century symphonic music led the way to the atonality used by Schoenberg and his followers?
A extreme chromaticism
B polytonality
C bitonality
D use of medieval modes
2. Pierrot Lunaire, Schoenberg's most famous pre-war atonal piece, is characterized by all of the following except
A use of the "Pierrot ensemble" (flute, piccolo, clarinet, bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello, and piano)
B use of sprechstimme
C use of grotesque images
D use of romantic story taken from the commedia dell'arte
3. Schoenberg developed his 12-tone technique to:
A to abandon the use of a tonal center
B to organize sound in a clearly mathematical way
C to extend the idea of atonality
D all of the above
4. All of the following are characteristics of Schoenberg's Moses and Aron except:
A use of solo voices in the orchestra pit
B contrast of the characters of Moses and Aron
C use of sprechstimme
D the use of isolated tonal passages.
5. Berg's opera Wozzeck uses all of the following techniques except:
A dances such as the waltz and the polka
B material drawn exclusively from one tone row
C jazz elements
D use of the idea of the leitmotiv
6. Schoenberg's follower Anton Webern was known primarily for his operas:
A True
B False
7. All of the following are characteristic of the works of Messiaen except:
A use of bird calls
B strong influence of mus of the Catholic Church
C use of additive rhythm
D use of 12-tone technique

8. All of the following composers experimented with music written for non-traditional instruments except:
A Edgard Varèse
B Sergei Rachmaninoff
C John Cage
D Karlheinz Stockhausen

9. Penderecki's Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima
Awas chance music performed on synthesizer
Bemployed tape loops was performed at the Brussel's World's Fair in 1958
Cis written for 52 stringed instruments played in non-traditional ways
Dalternates in meter between 5/8 and 9/8

10. The idea of indeterminacy shifts power from
Athe composer to the performer
Bthe performer to the composer

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