Arnold Schoenberg

Test created by Christopher Brunt, Millsaps College

1. Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) studied in Vienna with which composer?
A Richard Strauss
B Hugo Wolf
C Alexander von Zemlinsky
D Gustav Mahler
2. Schoenberg's compositional idiom from 1898-1906 can best be characterized as
A Post-Tristan
B neo-classic
C primitivist
D atonal expressionist
3. Of his earlier compositions, this was the most romantically expansive:
A Pelleas and Melisande (1903)
B Transfigured Night (1899)
C First Chamber Symphony (1906)
D Gurrelieder (1900-11)
4. With this work Schoenberg made a complete break with traditional tonality:
A First Chamber Symphony (1906)
B The Book of the Hanging Gardens (1909)
C First String Quartet (1905)
D Pelleas and Melisande (1903)
5. Which work listed below was not composed during Schoenberg's atonal-expressionist period:
A Pierrot Lunaire
B Ode to Napoleon
C Erwartung
D Die Gluckliche Hand
6.The following composer is a Schoenberg pupil and composer of the atonal-expressionist operatic masterpiece Wozzeck (1925):
A Anton von Webern
B Franz Schreker
C Alban Berg
D Bernd Alois Zimmermann
7. This work was Schoenberg's first large-scale orchestral work in an atonal idiom:
A Variations for Orchestra
B Pelleas and Melisande
C Second Chamber Symphony
D Five Orchestral pieces, Op. 16
8. The tone poem Transfigured Night (1899) was originally composed for which medium:
A string orchestra
B chamber orchestra
C string quartet
D string sextet
9. Which of the following list of composers was not a student of Schoenberg?
AJohn Cage
BDarius Milhaud
CHanns Eisler
DLeon Kirchner
10. Schoenberg uses sprechstimme in all but one of the following works:
AErwartung (1909)
BOde to Napoleon (1942)
CMoses and Aron (1932)
DPierrot Lunaire (1912)
11.Schoenberg's well-known harmony textbook Harmonielehre was published during this year:
A 1912
B 1911
C 1951
D 1900
12. All of the following works date from Schoenberg's dodecaphonic period except:
A Violin Concerto
B Friede auf Erden
C A Survivor from Warsaw
D Phantasy for violin and piano
13. This Schoenbergian 12-tone principle would have a significant effect on the compositions of later serial composers, especially the American composer Milton Babbitt (b. 1916):
A klangfarbenmelodie
B sprechengesang
C combinatoriality
D total serialism
14. Highly influential Schoenberg pupil, whose music makes much use of klangfarbenmelodie and pointillist effects:
A Roberto Gerhard
B Alban Berg
C John Cage
D Anton von Webern
15. Schoenberg was a professor of composition at this American school from 1936-44:
B Yale
C Harvard
D Mills College
16. This religious testament, begun in 1917, was never finished:
A Kol Nidre
B Die Jakobsleiter
C De profundis
D A Survivor from Warsaw
17. Schoenberg's first wholly 12-tone composition was:
A Suite for Piano, Op. 25
B Piano Concerto
C String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10
D Chamber Symphony No. 2
18. After Schoenberg's death in 1951, this notable 20th century figure would adapt the 12-tone method to his personal style in works such as Canticum Sacrum (1955) and the Requiem Canticles (1966):
A Aaron Copland
B Roger Sessions
C Howard Hanson
D Igor Stravinsky
19. A Classic form which Schoenberg would never fuse with 12-tone procedure:
BBaroque dance suite
Dnone of the above
20. Schoenberg's only comic opera (1929):
AVon Heute auf Morgen
BMoses und Aron
CDie Gluckliche Hand

Your Answers
Q 1:
Q 2:
Q 3:
Q 4:
Q 5:
Q 6:
Q 7:
Q 8:
Q 9:
Q 11:
Q 12:
Q 13:
Q 14:
Q 15:
Q 16:
Q 17:
Q 18:
Q 19:
Q 20:
Correct Answers
Q 1:
Q 2:
Q 3:
Q 4:
Q 5:
Q 6:
Q 7:
Q 8:
Q 9:
Q 11:
Q 12:
Q 13:
Q 14:
Q 15:
Q 16:
Q 17:
Q 18:
Q 19:
Q 20: