L. Bernstein: 'Something's Coming' from West Side Story

Question 1 of 33

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West Side Story was written in;

Select one of the following:

  • 1938

  • 1958

  • 1978

  • 1998

Question 2 of 33

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'West Side Story' is based on which Shakesperian play?

Select one of the following:

  • Hamlet

  • Midsummer Night's Dream

  • Much Ado About Nothing

  • Romeo and Juliet

Question 3 of 33

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Which styles of music are used in this song?

Select one or more of the following:

  • Serialism

  • Bebop jazz

  • Classical

  • Blues

  • Minimalism

  • Electronic

  • Rock and roll

Question 4 of 33

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The lyrics were written by Stephen Sondheim

Select one of the following:

  • True
  • False

Question 5 of 33

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Jazz based harmony is used in 'Something's Coming'. This means that;

Select one of the following:

  • Notes of the Blues scale have been added to the chord

  • Notes of the Blues scale and dissonances have been added to the chord

  • Dissonances have been added to the chord

Question 6 of 33

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Syncopated rhythms are not used.

Select one of the following:

  • True
  • False

Question 7 of 33

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A 'Push rhythm' is;

Select one of the following:

  • The beat is anticipated - before the main beat.

  • The beat is on the main beat.

  • The beat is delayed - after the main beat

Question 8 of 33

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The motif is based on the interval of a Tritone

Select one of the following:

  • True
  • False

Question 9 of 33

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Long riffs (sections) are used throughout the piece.

Select one of the following:

  • True
  • False

Question 10 of 33

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Cross rhythms are used in the section, 'Or whistling down the river.'

Select one of the following:

  • True
  • False

Question 11 of 33

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The piece uses;

Select one of the following:

  • Snappy short phrases against long sustained notes.

  • Snappy short phrases against short notes.

  • Long phrases against long sustained notes.

  • Long phrases against short snappy notes.

Question 12 of 33

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The structure of the song is;

Select one of the following:

  • Intro, section A, section B, section B1, section A1, outro.

  • Intro, section A, section B, section B1, section A1, outro.

  • Intro, section A, section B1, section B, section A1, outro.

Question 13 of 33

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The key in the introduction is;

Select one of the following:

  • C major

  • G major

  • D major

  • A major

Question 14 of 33

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In the introduction there is a fast one in a bar tempo. This means that the time signature is;

Select one of the following:

  • 2/4

  • 3/4

  • 4/4

  • 6/8

Question 15 of 33

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How many notes are in the ostinato bass part in the introduction?

Select one of the following:

  • 6

  • 5

  • 4

  • 3

Question 16 of 33

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Tony's entry uses a syncopated push rhythm.

Select one of the following:

  • True
  • False

Question 17 of 33

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In section A, word painting is used on the fast repeating notes of which words;

Select one of the following:

  • Or whistling down the river

  • Could be, who knows?

  • It's only just out of reach, Down the block, on a beach,

  • It may come cannonballing down through the sky,

Question 18 of 33

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Accents are used on 'sky', 'eye', 'due', and 'true'.

Select one of the following:

  • True
  • False

Question 19 of 33

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The note that is sung at the end of the phrase, 'Coming to me-------' is the;

Select one of the following:

  • Lowest note of the song so far.

  • Highest note of the song so far.

Question 20 of 33

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At the end of section A, the music modulates to;

Select one of the following:

  • C major

  • G major

  • D major

  • A major

Question 21 of 33

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At the end of section A, the bass part does not change to an um-pah style.

Select one of the following:

  • True
  • False

Question 22 of 33

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In section B the time signature changes to 2/4

Select one of the following:

  • True
  • False

Question 23 of 33

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At the start of section B, a new four note riff is used in the middle of the texture. The beat value used is;

Select one of the following:

  • Quavers

  • Crotchets

  • Minims

  • Semibreves

Question 24 of 33

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In section B on beat crotchets add to the conviction that something is coming

Select one of the following:

  • True
  • False

Question 25 of 33

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Which type of beat is used on' whistling down the river' to free it from the accompaniment?

Select one of the following:

  • Quavers

  • Triplets

  • Crotchets

Question 26 of 33

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In section B, chromatic harmonies and parallel 4ths are used to create suspense and mystery.

Select one of the following:

  • True
  • False

Question 27 of 33

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In the third vocal phrase in section B, which type of chord is used to temporarily take the music out of key?

Select one of the following:

  • Tritone

  • Blues

  • Neopolitian

  • Chromatic

Question 28 of 33

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In section A1, the time signature stays in 2/4.

Select one of the following:

  • True
  • False

Question 29 of 33

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Which interval is used at the end on the words, 'maybe tonight' to create suspension and tension

Select one of the following:

  • Major 3rd

  • Perfect 5th

  • Tritone

  • Octave

Question 30 of 33

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Which interval is used at the end on the words, 'maybe tonight' to create suspension and tension

Select one of the following:

  • Major 3rd

  • Perfect 5th

  • Tritone

  • Octave

Question 31 of 33

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The outro consists of an 'ad lib fade'.

Select one of the following:

  • True
  • False

Question 32 of 33

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The orchestra that Bernstein uses is;

Select one of the following:

  • Large. Most woodwind and brass parts are doubled.

  • Small. Most woodwind and brass parts are halved.

  • Usual size.

Question 33 of 33

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'Something's coming' is a solo song or aria.

Select one of the following:

  • True
  • False
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L. Bernstein: 'Something's Coming' from West Side Story

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