The Organ: Instrument Characteristics and History


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What was one development made to the organ during the Baroque period?

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1. Which type of piece allows for improvisation by the performer?

2. How is the pianoforte an improvement upon the clavichord and the harpsichord?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The organ was a breakthrough for musical compositions during the Baroque period, as focus began to shift towards melodies. This quiz asks you to recall the history of the organ, as well as a few characteristics of the classic instrument.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz is for you to assess your current understanding of the organ in the following areas:

  • Developments made to the organ during certain periods
  • Music played on the organ
  • Musical pieces that allow performers to improvise
  • Instruments invented during the Baroque period

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - draw from relevant information in the lesson on the organ
  • Information recall - remember the knowledge you've acquired about music typically not played on the organ
  • Knowledge application - use this knowledge to correctly answer questions related to improvisation on an organ

Additional Learning

Want to learn even more about the organ? The lesson The Organ: Instrument Characteristics and History can teach you:

  • Periods when the organ was prominent
  • Musical styles of the Renaissance period
  • Characteristics of how the organ works
  • Forms of music commonly played on the organ
  • Other popular instruments of the Baroque period