CLEP Humanities : Identifying Forms of Twentieth-Century Music

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Identifying Forms Of Twentieth Century Music

Which modernist composer is known for the silent piece 4'33"?

Possible Answers:

John Cage

Modest Mussorgsky

Glenn Gould

Arnold Schoenberg

Philip Glass

Correct answer:

John Cage

Explanation:

John Cage became well known in the mid-twentieth century for his radical and odd compositions. In particular, Cage used odd instruments and strange tunings, and created a piano with objects placed on keys. His most famous work is the completely silent 4'33", which calls for the performer(s) to sit and do nothing for four minutes and thirty three seconds.

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