Instrumental Music in the Classical Era


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When did the Classical period of music take place?

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1. Which of the following Classical-era instrumental genres usually have three movements?

2. Why were string quartets and sonatas popular musical genres in the Classical era?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Many of the musical forms and compositions that are associated with classical music come to us from what is known as the Classical period. You can test your understanding of the musical forms from this period by reading through these assessment questions. The questions will test you on points such as a composition's movements and the different instruments used for different forms.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz and worksheet focus on the following:

  • Determining the genre of musical works
  • The timeline of the Classical period
  • Examples of domestic music

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - use the assessment questions to test your recollection of the Classical period in music and some of the different musical forms associated with it
  • Defining key concepts - make sure that you know the definitions and examples of different musical forms, such as domestic music and string quartets
  • Knowledge application - apply your knowledge of the topic to identify some of the major musical forms of the Classical period, their organization and their instrumentation

Additional Learning

To learn more about music of the Classical period, go over the corresponding lesson called Instrumental Music of the Classical Era. Topics this lesson includes are:

  • Musical genres
  • The music of the classical period
  • The structure of symphonies
  • Concertos