Reading Comprehension Quiz

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During the time following Bach's death, his works for keyboard were those most appreciated. Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin were among his most prominent admirers. On a visit to Thomasschule, for example, Mozart heard a performance of one of the motets and exclaimed "Now, here is something one can learn from!" On being given the motets' parts, "Mozart sat down, the parts all around him held in both hands, on his knees, and on the nearest chairs. Forgetting everything else, he did not stand up again until he had looked through all the music." Beethoven was a devotee, learning the Well-Tempered Clavier as a child and later calling Bach the "Urvater der Harmonie" ("Original Father of Harmony") and, in a pun on the literal meaning of Bach's name, "nicht Bach, sondern Meer" (not a brook, but a sea). Before performing a concert, Chopin used to lock himself away and play Bach's music. Several notable composers, including Mozart, Beethoven, Robert Schumann, and Felix Mendelssohn, began writing in a more contrapuntal style after being introduced to Bach's music.

Today, the Bach style continues to influence musical composition, from hymns and religious works to pop and rock. Many of Bach's themes -- particularly the theme from Toccata and Fugue in D minor -- have been used in rock songs repeatedly.

1. Contrapuntal means
A. having two or more melodies sounding together.
B. antagonistic.
C. against the point.
D. difficult.
2. The origin of counterpoint meant
A. play along with
B. take a stand in opposition.
C. puncture contrary to
D. play unharmoniously.
3. (For confirmation see babelfish.) Bach's name in German means
A. book.
B. brook.
C. sea.
D. back.
4. The "Original Father of Harmony" was
A. Mozart.
B. Chopin.
C. Beethoven.
D. Bach.

The information comes from Wikipedia.

Write down your answers and then see Answer Key below.

Answer Key: 1-A..........2-C..........3-B..........4-D
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