Sacred Music: Definition, History & Composers


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What was sacred music written for?

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1. What was the style of early sacred music?

2. In which era did polyphony explode?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Much of the music from the cultures of the western world can be described as sacred. If you want to test your understanding of the history of sacred music, go through these assessment questions on key points from the lesson. The questions will test you on things such as different styles of sacred music and famous examples from history.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on the following:

  • Primary patron of sacred music
  • Sacred music's early style
  • Growth of the popularity of polyphony
  • Transition from the Renaissance to the Baroque era
  • Composition that brought sacred music into concert halls

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - use the quiz questions to test your recollection of the basic information pertaining to the history of sacred music
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related music lesson
  • Knowledge application - identify some significant sacred music works by applying the information you've gained from the corresponding lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about this subject, review the associated lesson called Sacred Music: Definition, History & Composers. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Definition of sacred music
  • How sacred music came to prominence
  • Musical notation in sacred music
  • Important eras, composers, and works