Renaissance Music and Dance

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Renaissance Music and Dance.

1. What does the music term polyphony mean?
a. A vocal song sung without instruments
b. A song with more than one melody sang or played at the same time
c. Many instruments playing together
d. When the strings of a lute are strummed together
e. A solo song sung with a single voice

2. What was the popular Renaissance music style called where three to six singers sang different melodies that interwove together?
a. Hurdy gurdy
b. Reverence
c. Madrigal
d. Harmony
e. Doppio

3. What modern day musical instrument is the lute most similar to?
a. Piano
b. Trumpet
c. Cello
d. Flute
e. Guitar

4. What type of musical performance was first written by Claudio Monteverdi in 1607?
a. Opera
b. Big band
c. Jazz
d. Rock and Roll
e. Barbershop quartet

5. What Renaissance instrument looks sort of like a piano, but the strings are plucked when the keys are played?
a. Lyre
b. Harpsichord
c. Lute
d. Mandolin
e. Hurdy gurdy

6. True or False: Renaissance composers were able to take advantage of the printing press to give their music a wider audience.

7. Which dance step was used as a greeting step at the start of a dance?
a. Doppio
b. Salarello
c. Double
d. Ballet
e. Reverence

8. What was the pavane?
a. A musical instrument similar to a guitar
b. A type of music with several singers all singing in harmony
c. A large choir that performed in church
d. A walking dance where the dancers could show off their fancy clothes and gowns
e. A theatre where official court dances were held

9. True or False: In Renaissance music the instruments were considered more important than vocals.

10. What were the two main types of dances during the Renaissance?
a. Noble and peasant
b. King and queen
c. Country and court
d. Solo and pairs
e. Disco and hip hop

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