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Crescendo in Music: Definition & Notation

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In what century did the 'hairpin' symbol first begin to be used in musical notation.

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1. From what language did the word 'crescendo' derive

2. A crescendo is a passage of music where the volume

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Crescendos are used in music for dramatic effect. These practice questions will help you fully understand the use, application, and notation of crescendos in music.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on the following:

  • Definition of crescendo
  • Length of a crescendo
  • First use of the 'hairpin' symbol
  • Musical notation for a crescendo
  • Derivation of the word crescendo

Skills Practiced

These learning assessments will test you on the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - define crescendo and how it's used in music
  • Knowledge application - use what you know about music composition to answer questions about crescendos
  • Information recall - access what you've learned regarding the method(s) for indicating a crescendo

Additional Learning

To learn more about this musical technique, watch the accompanying lesson titled Crescendo in Music: Definition & Notation. The lesson meets these objectives:

  • Learn why and how crescendos are used in music
  • Understand the historical origins and uses of crescendos in classical music
  • Assess how crescendos are written in standard music notation
  • Learn the different variations of crescendos and how they're performed
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