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Classical Music Terms (A-Z) Quiz Stats

Quiz Updated Dec 28, 2012

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Definition Term % Correct
Male voice between tenor and bassbaritone
89.6%
Sung without accompanimenta capella
89.6%
Loud, strongforte
88.3%
A dance in 3/4 timewaltz
85.8%
The speed at which a piece of music is performedtempo
85.4%
Piece of music for five playersquintet
85.3%
Method of playing in which the notes are short and detachedstaccato
79.1%
The set of sharps or flats written at the beginning of each staffkey signature
77.1%
A rustic Irish dance, often used as part of a suitejig (gigue)
77%
A note that is neither flat nor sharpnatural
74.8%
Literally, 'work'; a word used, followed by a number, for the numbering of a composer's worksopus
70.7%
A performer of exceptional skillvirtuoso
70.6%
The distance between two notes (e.g., C-F, a fourth)interval
70.3%
Definition Term % Correct
Literally, 'wood sound'xylophone
68.1%
Gradually slowing downritardando
65.9%
Running a finger up or down a series of notes (as on a harp or piano)glissando
65.1%
Quick, fastpresto
59%
A combination of notes, such as a chordharmony
55.8%
Literally, 'little book', the text of a vocal work, particularly operalibretto
55.6%
'Repeat from the beginning'da capo
55.4%
The changing from one key to another in the course of a piece of musicmodulation
49%
Conductor's gesture which precedes the beginning of a measureupbeat
48.8%
A flourish, usually improvised, inserted into the final section of a vocal aria or instrument solocadenza
44.4%
In sonata form, the first section of a composition, in which the themes are presentedexposition
41.1%
Austrian stringed folk instrument, used for 'local color' in operetta scoreszither
37.5%

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