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Ch 2: Opera and Orchestral Music: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Opera and Orchestral Music chapter of this Music 101 Help and Review course is the simplest way to master opera and orchestral music. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of opera and orchestral music.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering Music 101 material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn introductory music. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding types and elements of opera and orchestral music
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning music (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about opera and orchestral music
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra music learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Opera and Orchestral Music chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Opera and Orchestral Music chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about opera and orchestral music. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a opera and orchestral music unit of a standard introductory music course. Topics covered include:

  • Key parts of an opera
  • Operatic singers' roles
  • Opera buffa and seria
  • Orchestral instrument sections
  • History of the orchestra

27 Lessons in Chapter 2: Opera and Orchestral Music: Help and Review
What Is an Opera? - Opera Terms and Key Parts

1. What Is an Opera? - Opera Terms and Key Parts

Opera incorporates the elements of not only singing but acting, dancing, costuming and more! In this lesson, you will learn all about the key parts of opera and important opera terms.

Operatic Singers: Vocal Parts and Singer Roles

2. Operatic Singers: Vocal Parts and Singer Roles

Operas tend to cast their performers according to their vocal ranges. Explore how each of these roles fits into the opera, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Types of Opera: Opera Buffa vs. Seria & Wagnerian vs. Mozart

3. Types of Opera: Opera Buffa vs. Seria & Wagnerian vs. Mozart

Opera is one of the most respected art forms in Western music, but there are several types of opera. Discover some of the well known opera genres, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Elements of Orchestral Music: Instrument Sections, Format and Roles

4. Elements of Orchestral Music: Instrument Sections, Format and Roles

Orchestral music is one of the most traditional forms of Western music. So, what is it? Explore the elements of the orchestra and orchestral music, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Baritone: Definition & Vocal Range

5. Baritone: Definition & Vocal Range

In this lesson, you'll learn about the baritone voice type. You'll learn what an average baritone range looks like, and you'll also learn about the wide variety of music written for the baritone voice.

History of the Orchestra: Growth of Orchestral Music Throughout History

6. History of the Orchestra: Growth of Orchestral Music Throughout History

Orchestral music is one of the classical foundations of Western culture. In this lesson, you will explore the history and development of this art form, then test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Bassoon: History & Facts

7. Bassoon: History & Facts

While not as famous as a clarinet or a tuba, the bassoon has had the greatest amount of sheer staying power in the modern orchestra, becoming important during the Renaissance and remaining relevant throughout the past centuries.

Bel Canto: Definition, Style & Technique

8. Bel Canto: Definition, Style & Technique

Bel canto is a style of singing as well as a type of opera. We will examine both uses of the term, how they are interrelated, and the role they play in today's opera performances.

Brass Family: Instruments, History & Facts

9. Brass Family: Instruments, History & Facts

In this lesson, you'll learn about the brass family, what instruments belong to it, their history, and some fun facts. Afterward, you can test your knowledge with a quiz.

Carmen the Opera: Synopsis, Music & Composer

10. Carmen the Opera: Synopsis, Music & Composer

The captivating music from the opera ''Carmen'' has delighted and inspired audiences for decades. This lesson explores the main plot points of this opera and explains why it wasn't always a crowd favorite.

Castrato: History & Singers

11. Castrato: History & Singers

Artists are often forced to go to great lengths for their work, but few have went as far as the castrati. Castrated by force or by choice to preserve their pre-pubescent voices, these men had gave their whole being over to music.

Chamber Music: Definition, Instruments & Composers

12. Chamber Music: Definition, Instruments & Composers

Chamber music makes up a third of the trinity of European classical music: chamber music, sacred music, and theater music. This lesson will examine the developing role of chamber music, what it is, and who made it popular.

Chordophone Instruments: Definition & Examples

13. Chordophone Instruments: Definition & Examples

Chordophones are a group of instruments that use vibrating strings to produce sound. This lesson will examine the origins of the term and discuss the instruments.

Coloratura: Definition, Arias & Technique

14. Coloratura: Definition, Arias & Technique

Coloratura is a style of singing that involves fast moving passages, trills or runs. In this lesson you will learn what types of singers sing it, how they do it and where it is found in vocal music.

Composer Gioachino Rossini: Biography, Music, Operas & Style

15. Composer Gioachino Rossini: Biography, Music, Operas & Style

Gioachino Rossini was a prolific Italian opera composer of the Romantic period. His music still fills concert halls and opera stages today. In this lesson we will learn about his life, music, and legacy.

Flute: History & Facts

16. Flute: History & Facts

People have been playing the flute for longer than they have been farmer, working metal, or even before humanity tamed animals. Learn more about one of the first musical instruments ever created.

German Opera: Composers, Singers & Music

17. German Opera: Composers, Singers & Music

Learn about the development of opera in Germany, musical styles throughout the centuries, and some of the important composers and performers in German opera from the 17th Century to today.

Giacomo Puccini: Biography, Music & Operas

18. Giacomo Puccini: Biography, Music & Operas

In this lesson, you'll learn about Giacomo Puccini, one of the most famous composers of Italian opera. You'll learn about Puccini's musical style, as well as the kind of story he loved to tell in his lyrical, powerful works.

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi: Biography, Operas & Facts

19. Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi: Biography, Operas & Facts

Composer Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) dominated Italian opera during the second half of the 19th century. Follow his rise to fame and learn about the important contributions he made to this enduring art form.

Handel's Messiah: History, Music & Analysis

20. Handel's Messiah: History, Music & Analysis

Even if you don't know much about classical music, you have probably heard the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's oratorio Messiah. Many people think of this chorus as a Christmas song, but Handel didn't think it was. Find out why in this lesson.

Paul Hindemith: Biography & Music

21. Paul Hindemith: Biography & Music

Paul Hindemith was a great German composer, teacher, and violist of the 20th century who lived through tumultuous times. In this lesson we will examine his life, music, and legacy.

Porgy & Bess: Summary, Songs & Composer

22. Porgy & Bess: Summary, Songs & Composer

This lesson is an introduction to an English language opera entitled ~'Porgy and Bess~', which was composed by George Gershwin. Considered a cutting- edge work for its time, ''Porgy and Bess'' was the first opera designed to showcase African-American opera singers.

Richard Wagner: Biography, Music & Operas

23. Richard Wagner: Biography, Music & Operas

Richard Wagner (1813-1883) brought opera to a whole new level and even had a special theater built to house his productions. Trace his career, learn about his music and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Rigoletto: Synopsis, Composer & Music

24. Rigoletto: Synopsis, Composer & Music

In this lesson, you'll learn about Giuseppe Verdi's dark, gritty opera 'Rigoletto.' You'll learn about the themes and background of the story, and about the complex, tragic characters at its core.

The Magic Flute: Opera Summary, Characters & Composer

25. The Magic Flute: Opera Summary, Characters & Composer

In this lesson, you'll read about an opera full of fantasy and adventure: Mozart's 'The Magic Flute.' You'll learn about the plot and characters in this magical story, as well as some of the cultural influences that shaped the opera's message.

The Mikado: Synopsis, Songs & Characters

26. The Mikado: Synopsis, Songs & Characters

What is a mikado and where is the town of Titipu? In this lesson, you'll find the answer to these questions while exploring a humorous romantic triangle involving a cast of characters with some rather silly names.

What Is a String Quartet? - Definition, Instruments & Arrangements

27. What Is a String Quartet? - Definition, Instruments & Arrangements

In this lesson you will learn about the instruments that make up a string quartet. You will also learn about the music a string quartet plays, including original music and arrangements.

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