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Department of Fine Arts » Music Program » Comprehensive B.A. Exam

Comprehensive B.A. Exam

The comprehensive exam for the B.A. in music is given twice a year in October and February. All music majors must take the exam after completing the music history sequence (700:291,292,293, and 294). We strongly advise you to take the exam before your last semester. Please contact Prof. Schiavo for more information: 225.6539 or e-mail
Dr. Joe Schiavo

Composer Dates
You will be given a list of 20 composers, selected from the list below.
Provide a date that falls within each composer’s mature career.
To be counted correct, the date must be after the composer’s 20th year and before his or her death.

 

Hildegard von Bingen
Leonin
Perotin
De la Halle
De Vitry
Machaut
Landini
Ciconia
Dunstable
Dufay
Binchois
Ockeghem
Obrecht
Josquin
Willaert
Palestrina
Lassus
Byrd
Marenzio
Gesualdo
Monteverdi
Gabrieli
Frescobaldi
Froberger
Cavalli

Schütz
Lully
Purcell
Corelli
Vivaldi
D. Scarlatti
Handel
J.S. Bach
Telemann
Rameau
C.P.E. Bach
J.C. Bach
Gluck
Haydn
Mozart
Beethoven
Schubert
Mendelssohn
Berlioz
Chopin
Liszt
Schumann
Meyerbeer
Weber
Wagner 

R. Strauss
J. Strauss
Rossini
Bellini
Donizetti
Verdi
Puccini
Bizet
Saint-Saens
Fauré
Brahms
Tchaikovsky
Mussorgsky
Rimsky-Korsakov
Dvorak
Mahler
Schoenberg
Berg
Webern
Debussy
Ravel
Sibelius
Elgar
Vaughan Williams 

Bartok
Stravinsky
Prokofiev
Shostakovich
Schnittke
Poulenc
Hindemith
Weill
Britten
Tippett
Ives
Cowell
Copland
Barber
Sessions
Varèse
Boulez
Stockhausen
Babbitt
Berio
Carter
Crumb
Reich
Glass
Adams

(100 names)

 

Title Identification
You will be given a list of of about 30 works, selected from the list below.
For each work, identify the composer and provide an approximate date.
To be counted correct, the date must be within 20 years of the actual date.

 

Victimae paschali laudes
Ordo Virtutum
The Play of Daniel
Jeu de Robin et Marion
Alleluia Pascha nostrum
Sederunt principes
Messe de Notre Dame
Sumer is icumen in
Nuper rosarum flores
Missa Se la face ay pale
Missa Mi-mi
Missa prolationum
Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen
Déploration sur le trépas de Johannes Ockeghem
Missa Hercules dux Ferrariae
Pope Marcellus Mass
O magnum mysterium
Gradualia
Cruda Amarilli
The Triumphes of Oriana
Flow, my tears
L’Euridice
L’Orfeo
Lamento d’Arianna
L’incoronazione di Poppea
Il pomo d’oro
Combattimento di Tancredi et Clorinda
In ecclesiis
Jephtha
Symphoniae sacrae

Saul, was verfolgst du mich
Banchetto musicale
La Rhétorique des dieux
Dido and Aeneas
Leçons de ténèbres
The Well-Tempered Clavier
L’Art de toucher le clavecin
Twelve solo sonatas, Op.5
Traité de l’harmonie
Clavier-Übung
The Art of Fugue
A Musical Offering
Goldberg Variations
St. Matthew Passion
Mass in B minor
Giulio Cesare
Israel in Egypt
Semele
La serva padrona
Orfeo ed Euridice
Alceste
Essay on the True Art of
Playing Keyboard Instruments
Le Matin, Le Midi, & Le Soir Symphonies
Farewell Symphony
London Symphonies
Quartets, Op.33
Seven Last Words of Christ
The Creation
Dissonant Quartet

Jupiter Symphony
Idomeneo
Le nozze di Figaro
Don Giovanni
Cosi fan tutte
Die Zauberflöte
Fidelio
Sonate pathétique
Sinfonia eroica
Rasumovsky Quartets
Kreutzer Sonata
Pastoral Symphony
Appassionata Sonata
Emperor Concerto
Diabelli Variations
Missa solemnis
Grosse Fuge
The Hebrides Overture
Italian Symphony
Scottish Symphony
Spring Symphony
Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Symphonie fantastique
Harold en Italie
A Faust Symphony
Les Préludes
Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture
Pathétique Symphony
Swan Lake
New World Symphony
   
Death and the Maiden Quartet
Wanderer Fantasie
Songs without Words
Carnaval
Kreisleriana
Symphonic Etudes
Années de pèlerinages
Trout Quintet
Erlkönig
Die schöne Müllerin
Winterreise
Dichterliebe
Frauenliebe und –leben
Italienisches Liederbuch
Grande Messe des Morts
Les Huguenots
Les Troyens
Faust
Carmen
Il barbiere di Siviglia
Guillaume Tell
Lucia di Lammermoor
Norma
Rigoletto
La Traviata
Don Carlos
Aida
Otello
Falstaff
Manzoni Requiem
La Boheme
Tosca
Turandot
Der Freischütz
Tannhäuser
Tristan und Isolde
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Der Ring des NibelungenParsifal
Salome
Elektra
Der Rosenkavalier
Wozzeck
Lulu
Moses und Aron
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Kindertotenlieder
Das Lied von der Erde
Also sprach Zarathustra
Till Eulenspiegel
Don Quixote
Boris Godunov
Pictures at an Exhibition
Sheherazade
The Bartered Bride
Peer Gynt
Enigma Variations
Fantasy on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
The Planets
Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini
Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faun
La mer
Pelléas et Mélisande
Children’s Corner Suite
La Valse
Gaspard de la nuit
Daphnis et Chloé
Le Tombeau de Couperin
Bluebeard’s Castle
Mikrokosmos
Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta
Peter Grimes
War Requiem
Mathis der Maler
Die Dreigroschenoper

Dialogues des CarmelitesThe Fire Bird
Petrushka
Le Sacre du printemps
L’Histoire du soldat
Pulcinella
Les Noces
Oedipus Rex
The Rake’s Progress
Symphony of Psalms
Classical Symphony
Leningrad Symphony
Verklärte Nacht
Pierrot lunaire
Lyric Suite
Quatuor pour la fin du temps
Le Marteau sans Maître
Gesang der Jünglinge
Poème électronique
Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima
Ionisation
Klavierstück XI
Rhapsody in Blue
Concord Sonata
Three Places in New England
The Banshee
Appalachian Spring
Dover Beach
Four Saints in Three Acts
Philomel
Ancient Voices of Children
Black Angels
Einstein on the Beach
Nixon in China
Sinfonia (1968)
Sequenza

(200 titles)

 

Terms/Names
You will be given a list of of about 20 terms, titles, or names, selected from the list below.
For each, provide definitions or identifications and indicate the repertory and time period to which it applies.

 

Tetrachord
Boethius
Guido of Arezzo
Musica enchiriadis
Authentic modes
Plagal modes
Liber Usualis
Matins
Vespers
Proper
Ordinary
Neume
Psalm tone
Trope
Sequence
Conductus
Troubadour & trouvères
Organum
Rhythmic modes
Magnus Liber organi
Clausula
Motet
Petrus de Cruce
Hocket
Ars nova
Roman de Fauvel
Isorhythm
Ballade
Virelai
Rondeau
Caccia
Musica ficta
Mensuration canon

Fauxbourdon
Cantus firmus
L’homme armé
Imitation mass
Parody mass
Contrafactum
Humanism
Petrucci
Odhecaton
Chanson
Musica reservata
Frottola
Madrigal
Madrigalism
Tablature
Pavan and galliard
Ricercare
Syntagma musicum
Fitzwilliam Virginal Book
Prima pratica/secunda pratica
Basso continuo
Intermedi
Camerata
Monody
Basso ostinato
Chaconne
Passacaglia
Concertato
Stile concitato
Cori spezzati
Cantata
Oratorio

Canzona
Toccata
Sonata da chiesa
Sonata da camera
Trio sonata
Style brisé
Recitativo accompagnato
Da capo ariaTragédie lyrique
Masque
Singspiel
Chorale prelude
Chorale cantata
Scordatura
Temperament
Suite/partita
Concerto grosso
Ripieno
Ritornello
Guerre des bouffons
French overture
Style galant
Empfindsamer Stil
Metastasio
Opera seria
Opera buffa
Ballad opera
Sturm und Drang
Mannheim
Lorenzo da Ponte
Program music
Idée fixe
Symphonic poem
Mazurka
Liederkreis
Rescue opera

Grand opera
Verismo
Cavatina
Cabaletta
Bel canto
MelodramaLeitmotif
Gesamtkunstwerk
Mighty five (handful)
Impressionism
Expressionism
Neoclassicism
Polytonality
Gebrauchsmusik
Octatonic scale
Atonality
Pitch-sets
Sprechstimme
Sprechgesang
Dodecaphonic music
Serialism
Combinatoriality
Non-retrogradable rhythm
Musique concrète
Indeterminacy
Open form
Metric modulation
Minimalism
Post-modernism

(125 terms)