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Multiple Choice Questions

1. As explained by George Martin in Chapter 2, how is orchestration different from composition?
(a) Orchestration involves changing a composition, as an editor changes a manuscript.
(b) Orchestration is a matter of giving color to lines that are already there.
(c) Orchestration is easier than composition.
(d) Orchestration is more difficult than composition.

2. The composer Bach trudged hundreds of miles in a failed attempt to meet which other musician, according to George Martin in Chapter 2?
(a) Handel.
(b) Chopin.
(c) Beethoven.
(d) Debussy.

3. After attending a concert, George Martin met Eric Harrison, a musician who played which instrument?
(a) Oboe.
(b) Trumpet.
(c) Guitar.
(d) Piano.

4. What was George Martin's complaint, in Chapter 4, regarding a beautiful villa in Portugal?
(a) Poor acoustics.
(b) Lack of equipment for playing music.
(c) Curved walls that made him dizzy.
(d) Too much furniture.

5. In 1977, how did Paul McCartney compensate for sound differences when performing "Live and Let Die" in concert?
(a) He compensated for less orchestration by adding more guitars and drums.
(b) He encouraged the audience to sing along.
(c) He lip-synched to a recording of the song.
(d) He compensated for less orchestration by adding lasers and explosions.

6. What was the scandal at EMI, involving sopranos Kirsten Flagstad and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf?
(a) Flagstad had throat trouble during a recording session, and Schwarzkopf was secretly brought in to dub in the high C note for her.
(b) Schwarzkopf had throat trouble during a recording session, and Flagstad was secretly brought in to dub in the high C note for her.
(c) Flagstad recorded songs that were released under the Schwarzkopf name.
(d) The two had a secret affair.

7. During their first meeting with George Martin, who was the most talkative Beatle?
(a) Ringo Starr.
(b) George Harrison.
(c) Pete Best.
(d) Paul McCartney.

8. George Martin had trouble plugging "Love Me Do" for what reason, as explained in Chapter 7?
(a) The Beatles were from Liverpool, not London.
(b) The industry was expecting a comedy record from him.
(c) The industry did not approve of the Beatles' longish hair.
(d) The song title seemed trite.

9. As described in Chapter 4, what are bass traps?
(a) Devices for altering the frequency of bass guitars.
(b) Special strings for bass guitars, featuring extra vibration.
(c) Chimney-like objects used to absorb bass frequencies.
(d) None of the answers is correct.

10. According to George Martin in Chapter 2, what was the great challenge faced by classical composers in the late twentieth century?
(a) Finding enough talented musicians to form an orchestra.
(b) Not being influenced by pop music.
(c) Making a living.
(d) They must create a new sound, or else risk being categorized by the style they emulate.

11. George Martin's fairy godfather helped him to gain admission to which school?
(a) Parlophone.
(b) BBC.
(c) Royal Symphonic.
(d) Guildhall.

12. In Chapter 1, Eric Harrison advised George Martin to do what?
(a) Reenlist in the Fleet Air Arm.
(b) Audition before the Committee for the Promotion of New Music.
(c) Send some of his compositions to the Committee for the Promotion of New Music.
(d) Reenlist in the Royal Air Arm.

13. George Martin states that pop music is not a step down from classical, for what reason?
(a) Pop music generates much more revenue than classical.
(b) Schubert and Beethoven wrote for the masses, creating pop music for their times.
(c) Pop music attracts larger audiences than classical.
(d) Classical music is formulaic, while pop music is freeform.

14. George Martin guesses he was how old when his family got a piano?
(a) Six.
(b) Three.
(c) Nine.
(d) Twelve.

15. In Chapter 5, when George Martin took over Parlophone, who offered to resign?
(a) Judy Lockhart-Smith.
(b) Sidney Harrison.
(c) Frank Sinatra.
(d) Oscar Preuss.

Short Answer Questions

1. Early in Chapter 3, what was George Martin's job at Parlophone?

2. During recording sessions, as described in Chapter 5, George Martin and which artist often collapsed into fits of giggles?

3. George Martin explains that, in 1954, what was true about singer/songwriters?

4. The B-side of the Beatles' first single, "Love Me Do" was what?

5. At Abbey Road, what skills did George Martin realize were required to make recordings, in addition to technical abilities?

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