Viola: Look, Listen & Answer


Read each question below, then play the music and choose your answer – click or tap on the answer to see if you are right!

Question 1

At the beginning of this extract, what is the name for what the viola player does?

  1. a. Chord flush
  2. b. Double-stopping
  3. c. Multiphonics

Question 2

Which ensemble is playing this fierce, exciting music?

  1. a. An octet
  2. b. A string quartet
  3. c. A violin

Question 3

Listen to this track. What happens at 1.11–1.28 in this music?

  1. a. The viola and piano swap roles: the piano takes the tune and the viola plays accompanying notes
  2. b. The viola plays harmonics and the piano plays a melody underneath
  3. c. Another instrument joins the viola and piano to play chords

Question 4

This is a dance called a ‘rigaudon’. How many beats in a bar do you think it has?

  1. a. Three
  2. b. Five
  3. c. Two

Question 5

Which instruments are playing with the violas at the beginning?

  1. a. Violins
  2. b. Cellos
  3. c. Clarinets and bassoons


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