I. Fill in the blanks with the words or phrases from the box.(10 points)
whistle practice arranged amateur ear for music
hum chords making genre scales
1. I started to learn the piano when I was a kid but I always made a fuss when I was told to ... every day and eventually gave up.
2. If you don’t know the words of the song just ... along as the others sing.
3. My brother is learning the guitar and he can already play a few basic ....
4. A student opera singer lives in the flat next to mine and she spends hours practising every day – not songs, just .... I think I’ll have to move.
5. This music was originally written for the violin but it has been ... quite successfully for the guitar.
6. Paul can play anything. He’s got a good ....
7. I always know when the postman is there as I can hear him ... very tunefully.
8. In primary school young children practise ... music with all sorts of different things – even, say, with tins containing buttons.
9. I’m not a professional, I’m just an ...!
10. What is your favourite musical ...?

II. Match the following “musical words” with their definitions. (24 points)
Musical pieces
  • concerto
  • anthem
  • carol
  • opera
  • ballet
  • symphony
  • song
  • the official song of a nation that is sung or played on public occasions
  • a performance in which dancing and music tell a story without any speaking
  • a short piece of music with words that you sing
  • a traditional Christmas song
  • a long piece of music usually in four parts, written for an ORCHESTRA
  • a piece of CLASSICAL music, usually for one instrument and an ORCHESTRA
  • a musical play in which all of the words are sung
People in music
  • choir
  • amateur
  • busker
  • conductor
  • musician
  • orchestra
  • songwriter
  • timpanist
  • accompanist
  • soloist
  • someone who does an activity just for pleasure, not as their job
  • someone who plays music in a public place in order to earn money
  • someone who stands in front of a group of musicians or singers and directs their playing or singing
  • someone who plays a musical instrument, especially very well or as a job
  • a large group of musicians playing many different kinds of instruments and led by a CONDUCTOR
  • someone who plays timpani— a set of large drums that are played in an ORCHESTRA
  • a group of people who sing together for other people to listen to
  • someone who plays a musical instrument while another person sings or plays the main tune
  • someone who writes the words and usually the music of songs
  • a musician who performs alone or plays an instrument alone
  • background music
  • bagpipe
  • chamber music
  • rehearsal
  • recital
  • sacred
  • secular
  • not connected with or controlled by a church or other religious authority
  • music that you can hear but are not listening to
  • classical music written for a small group of instruments
  • a performance of music or poetry, usually given by one performer
  • a time when all the people in a play, concert etc., practise before a public performance
  • relating to a god or religion
  • the national Scottish instrument

III. Match the names of the music festivals in the UK with their descriptions.(4 points)
  • The Notting Hill Carnival
  • The Proms
  • The Edinburgh International Festival
  • Eisteddfod
  • Among music lovers in Britain the period between July and September is a time of excitement and great enthusiasm. The annual series of classical music concerts are held at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
  • It is a bardic festival of music, literature and drama held in North and South Wales every year during the first week of August. The programme includes male and mixed choirs, brass-band concerts, many children’s events, drama, arts and crafts, and the ceremony of the Crowning of the Bard. It is conducted in Welsh. Its aim is to encourage the evolution of the Welsh language.
  • This arts festival takes place annually during the last two weeks of August and the first week of September and features theatre, music, circus, dance and other artistic events. It is ended by a splendid colourful Military Tattoo, held on the parade grounds of one of the most famous castles in the world.
  • It is an annual West Indian carnival held over the August Bank Holiday in West London, since 1966, when it was founded as a purely local fair. It mostly involves black people and is known for the colourful and fantastic costumes and the steel band music. This weekend of entertainments is the largest street carnival in Europe.

IV. Fill in the blanks in the text with the following words to complete the text about the Promenade concerts.(12 points)
by the BBC choral classical music the Last Night of the Proms thriving
Royal Albert Hall jazz ‘promenaded’ packed passion
arena event
The Proms or Promenade Concerts are an annual series of music concerts sponsored 1) ... and held at the 2) ... and other venues in London. They are called ‘Promenade Concerts’ because originally the audience 3) ... or walked about during the concerts, although now they stand or sit. The Proms originated in 1895, and since that time have become a hugely popular 4) .... The programmes are usually of 5) ..., and reflect popular taste as well as more original and adventurous pieces. These days 6) ..., world music and other musical styles also feature on the concert programme. The Proms take place each year, from mid-July to mid-September, although the most popular evening is 7) ..., when concert goers fill the Hall and stand tightly packed in the 8) ... in front of the orchestra for an evening of stirring music.
Seasons of orchestral and 9) ... concerts are also promoted every year in many large towns and cities, while in central London the principal concert halls (including the Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican Hall) draw 10) ... audiences. In addition to possessing a 11) ... interest in classical music, British music lovers have a 12) ... for all other areas of music, from opera to folk and jazz, from rock to the latest chart topping pop group.

V. Match the words from the two columns to make appropriate word combinations. Add the necessary form words: (13 points)
  • revive
  • piano
  • prolific
  • popularize
  • wandering
  • haunting
  • musical
  • uncanny
  • middle-of-the-road
  • annual
  • remain
  • cultural
  • open-air
  • audience
  • minstrel
  • festival
  • composer
  • classical music
  • musical traditions
  • melody
  • accompaniment
  • site
  • ability
  • upmarket
  • recital
  • inheritance

VI. Fill in the gaps with the correct prepositions: (7 points)
1. to play tune
2. to dance music
3. to have a gift music
4. an upsurge interest folk music
5. the lyrics a popular song
6. an accompaniment driving
7. to introduce smb music

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