Study Guide The following study guide is provide for test 4 of the Spring 2006 Music History IV course.
Take-home essay questions. Write about 100 words on each topic. Bring you essays with you to the final exam.
Why do some critics consider Minimalism to be the most important musical movement after Serialism? In your answer, include the ways in which Stravinsky and Debussy impacted on Minimalism?
Discuss the ways in which Schoenberg’s 12-tone system influenced the next generation of composers like Boulez, Babbitt, etc.
Has serious music bridged gap between itself and the public? If yes, explain how. If no, discuss ways in which it can in the future, or explain why the gulf has become insurmountable.
Who was the Dean of American composers?
What were Copland’s three style-periods?
Who was the Dean of Afro-American composers?
From what German composer active in New York City did both Gershwin and Copland study?
What work established Gershwin’s fame? Who commissioned it? When and where was it premiered? Who orchestrated it?
Who is the Father of Electronic Music?
From whom did John Cage study?
Who wrote the lyrics to most of George Gershwin’s songs?
From whom did Philip Glass and Virgil Thomson study?
Why is Howard Hanson important?
Which is the oldest music conservatory in the United States?
What Latin American composer studied the music of his home country of Brazil as an ethnomusicologist?
Name an important Mexican classical composer.
Name an important Argentinean classical composer.
Name three important 20th century Polish composers.
Name an important 20th century post-Bartok Hungarian composer.
Who was the most important British composer of the 20th century?