La Salle University mus 150 Art of Listening

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La Salle University

MUS 150 Art of Listening

Final Exam

Name ______________________

Part I: Matching Write the letter of the correct answer in the space provided.
1. _____ Word painting A. Syncopation between the beats

2. _____ Form B. One time through the form of a jazz song

3. _____ Head C. One melody with some type of harmony

4. _____ Chorus D. Device to repeat motives to create music

5. _____ Standard E. Form of most large-scale classical works

6. _____ Cover F. Music that tells a story

7. _____ Movement G. Section is similar to the preceding one

8. _____ Royalties H. Short easily identifiable musical phrase

9. _____ Loop pedal I. Illustrating lyrics through music

10. _____ Time turning around J. Composition that tells a performer not to play

11. _____ Chord progression K. The melody in a jazz song

12. _____ Program music L. Self-contained part of a larger composition

13. _____ Absolute music M. Section is different from the preceding one

14. _____ Monophonic texture N. Money paid for commercial use of a song

15. _____ Homophonic texture O. Well-known song, artist is less important

16. _____ Polyphonic texture P. Spontaneous reaction to your environment

17. _____ Loop Q. The structure of a musical work

18. _____ Improvisation R. When the beat is felt differently than it is

19. _____ Swing S. Recording a song by another artist

20. _____ Indeterminacy T. Repeating cycle of harmony

21. _____ Cage 4'33" U. More than one melody simultaneously

22. _____ Sonata allegro form V. Music for its own sake : no story

23. _____ Motive W. Short musical motive repeated continuously

24. _____ Repetition X. Section is the same as the preceding one

25. _____ Variation Y. One unaccompanied melody

26. _____ Contrast Z. A work is different each time it is performed

  1. True or False. For each statement, indicate if it is true or false. *BONUS - change each false statement to make it true.

27. ______ When you hear a piece of music, timbre might not necessarily be present.

28. ______ There are only two instances of word painting in all of music.

29. _____ The term absolute music refers to a piece of music with a story.

30. _____ One may copyright a melody OR a chord progression, but not the two together.

31. _____ The term program music refers to a piece of music without a story.

32. ______ It is customary and expected to applaud between movements of a large musical work.

33. ______ The timbre of a work may be described as loud or soft, fast or slow.

34. ______"Art" music that centers around a key is said to be from the "Good Period”.

35. ______The most common meter you will encounter in music is six.

36. ______ The Common Practice Period was from 1700-1800.

37. ______ Polyphonic texture contains no harmony.

38. ______ “Vocal fry” is a technique that improves the overall quality of the voice.

39. ______ A listener can never be fooled into where the beat is; it is always obvious.

40. ______ A “loop pedal” is used to correct inaccuracies in pitch of singers.

41. ______ The "Three B's of Music" are Berlioz, Balakirev, and Beyonce.

42. ______ A musical motive is usually hidden so well that listeners are not able to notice it.

43. ______ A "romantic" sensibility stresses an awareness of form and balance.

44. ______ The texture of a musical work will always remain constant all the way through.

45. ______ You do not need permission to use someone else’s song as background music in a commercial.

46. ______ Monophonic texture, by its definition, contains harmony (not necessarily accompaniment).


Discuss how John Cage redefines each of the following in 4’33”: Silence, role of performer and listener; tension and release; what is music?

Explain how Vivaldi’s Spring is both program music as well as absolute music.

Discuss the perception of “time turning around”.

Discuss Sonata Allegro Form.
Please submit these two completed pages to me by 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 8. Be sure your name is on the first answer sheet.
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If you wish, you may fax the completed exam answers to me at 215-855-0182. Please write your email address on the faxed exam as well, so that I may send a receipt of your exam.
Thanks for a truly great semester! Best of luck for the remainder of your academic pursuits!!!

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