Dissonance in Music: Definition & Examples


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Which one of the following is the best definition of dissonance?

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1. Which one of the following statements is always true of dissonance in music?

2. Beethoven and Bach used harmonic progressions to resolve which of the following in their compositions?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Musical dissonance is used by classical composers and modern musicians. This quiz will ask you to identify compositions that use dissonance and understand why it's used in music.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be asked to:

  • Know the opposite of musical dissonance
  • Recognize true statements regarding dissonance in music
  • Recall why Bach and Beethoven used harmonic progressions
  • Identify musical compositions that use dissonance
  • Understand how dissonance is used in Chopin's Mazurka in F#

Skills Practiced

The quiz helps you practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use what you know about musical dissonance to identify its opposite
  • Information recall - access knowledge you've gained regarding musical compositions that use dissonance
  • Reading comprehension - make sure you take away the most important information from the related lesson on musical dissonance

Additional Learning

The related lesson Dissonance in Music: Definition & Examples provides more information on this musical concept. The lesson helps students:

  • Define dissonance in music
  • Learn why dissonance can be effective in movies
  • Understand why avant-garde composers use dissonance