This examination tests general knowledge and skills in the area of music theory and analysis.The actual examination must be completed in 90 minutes and will be graded with PASS or FAIL.
General Study Suggestions
Error Detection: Questions 1-5 refer to the example below. Indicate the problem(s) for each of the numbered places in the example. Problems may encompass the chord immediately preceding the numbered chord. Note that question 5 refers to both of the final two chords.
Example A. Bartok, "Free Variations" from Mikrokosmos, Vol. 6
6. What pitch source is used in example A (above)?
Example B. Alban Berg, "Warm die Lüfte" Op. 2, No. 4, mm. 20-25
7. The circled harmonies (a and b) in Example B (above) are best described respectively as:
Example C. Row from Berg's Lyric Suite (1926)
8. From Example C, consider a hexachord A to be the prime form. How does hexachord B relate to hexachord A?
9. From Example C, the prime form of the first tetrachord of the row is:
Example D. Bartok, Mikrokosmos, no. 142
10. Which of the following compositional characteristics are found in Example D above?
Download and print this music example to answer questions 11-17.
18. For each of the listed 20th century techniques or trends, choose the two works which best represent them. You may reuse a work if you determine it to be the best choice for another trend or technique. (There are 11 choices, so you must reuse at least one.)
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19. Identify each pair of chords and the key in which they would most likely appear. Name the chords using Roman numeral (functional) notation.
20. Add soprano, alto, and tenor voices as well as a Roman numeral analysis to complete the example according to the given figured bass. Your realization should demonstrate the voice-leading principles of the common-practice period.
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