19 American Music Appreciation Questions

Question Description

1.

One of Benny Goodman’s most famous pieces was “Take My Hand Precious Lord.”

True

False

2.

Benny Goodman was a clarinetist, bandleader and jazz musician, who was known as the “King of Swing.”

True

False

3.

_ created the first black gospel publishing company and was the founder of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses.

____________________

4.

Where did Thomas A. Dorsey study theory and piano?

In Georgia

In Atlanta

In Chicago

In Los Angeles

5.

In Chicago, Benny Goodmanbegan to write gospel music after heattended the National Baptist Convention and heard the religious hymns.

True

False

6.

Thomas A. Dorsey, after two nervous breakdowns, decided to dedicate himself to __.

performing jazz and as a bandleader.

performing jazz and blues.

performing church music.

performing the clarinet.

7.

Which of the following sentences corresponds to Thomas A. Dorsey’s music career. Identify all that apply.

“Take My Hand Precious Lord” was written in 1932 by him.

He toured the United States, Europe, the Far East and South America.

His compositions were a mixture of secular blues with sacred texts.

Béla Bartók wrote his 1938 composition “Contrasts for clarinet-violin-piano trio” for him at the request of Joseph Szigeti.

8.

Which of the following sentences corresponds to Benny Goodman`s music career? Select all that apply.

He became choir director at the Pilgrim Baptist Church leaving behind his blues and jazz days.

He was able to renew his music through changing his band styles from big band to trios and quartets.

Aaron Copland wrote a clarinet concert for him.

He created a publishing company, Dorsey House of Music.

9.

As a clarinetist,Thomas A.Dorsey explored the harmony of the clarinet using its entire range.

True

False

10.

Which of the following bands performed the first jazz concert at Carnegie Hall in 1938? Select all that apply.

Duke Ellington and his band.

King Oliver and his Creole Jazz Band.

Count Basie and his band.

Benny Goodman and his band.

11.

As a jazz clarinetist, Benny Goodman took the instrument to unprecedented heights, influencing both jazz and classical clarinet playing.

True

False

12.

Which of the following classical music composer wrote music forBenny Goodman? Select all that apply.

Carl Orff

Paul Hindemith

Aaron Copland

Zoltán Kodály

13.

Zoltán Kodálycomposed a Clarinet Concert forBenny Goodmanwhich the Philadelphia Orchestra premiered with Eugene Ormandy conducting and Goodman on the clarinet.

True

False

14.

Which of the following musicians were included in Goodman’s Band? Select all that apply:

Gene Krupa on drums

Sallie Martin and Mahalia Jackson as singers

Fletcher Henderson as pianist and arranger

Lionel Hampton on vibraphone

15.

The words used inThomas A. Dorsey gospel’s compositionswere about hope and affirmation.

True

False

16.

Which of the following stars has performedThomas A. Dorsey’s song,“Take My Hand Precious Lord” ? Select all that apply.

Frank Sinatra

Elvis Presley

Aretha Franklin

Beyonce

17.

Which of the following gospel songs were written byThomas A. Dorsey? Select all that apply.

“Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”

“Peace In the Valley”

“Search Me Lord”

“Oh Happy Day”

18.

_’s musical career began with his playing for parties under the name of “Barrelhouse Tom” or “Georgia Tom.”

____________________

19.

At the age of 14, _ was part of a band with Bix Beiderbecke.

____________________

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