CLEP Humanities : Understanding Terminology That Describes Medieval Music

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Understanding Terminology That Describes Medieval Music

How many notes are in a traditional Western octave?

Possible Answers:

Five

Ten

Seven

Eight

Twelve

Correct answer:

Eight

Explanation:

The octave is the interval between a musical note and that of half or double its frequency. The octave is one of the natural elements of music, with two different notes producing the exact same pitch. In the Western tradition, while there are twelve chromatic, or precise half-interval, steps, the actual notation of each scale is on eight notes of differing spaces.

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