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George Martin
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the name of George Martin's first band?

2. Chapter 4 opens with George Martin's discussion of what, and its relationship to sound and music?

3. Who was the first president of the London Baroque Society?

4. While in the Fleet Air Arm, George Martin was invited to appear on which BBC program?

5. Why does George Martin say he could not have written Beatles tunes?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does George Martin value the inability of the human voice to stay completely in tune?

2. Why did George Martin's childhood piano lessons end after only eight sessions, and how did he continue to improve his skill?

3. What were George Martin's early life experiences with the piano and performing in general?

4. How does George Martin describe the collaborative writing style of John Lennon and Paul McCartney?

5. What was George Martin's first job at Parlophone, as described in Chapter 3, and what were his primary duties?

6. As described at the end of Chapter 5, what embarrassing and untactful conversation did George Martin have with the director of the Scottish Festival of Male Voice Praise?

7. How does George Martin compare the nature of singer/songwriters in the 1950s, when he started at Parlophone, with the situation in 1979, when "All You Need Is Ears" was published?

8. How, according to George Martin in Chapter 6, did the role of a producer change from the 1950s to the time "All You Need Is Ears" was published, in 1979?

9. Why did George Martin turn down Dick James' offer to take on a share in his company?

10. Describe the flat George Martin grew up in, especially its sparse amenities.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe George Martin's complex relationship with Debussy's "L'Après-midi d'une faune." How did the piece enhance his understanding of orchestration?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast George Martin's descriptions of alcohol consumption by many of the comedic and musical acts he recorded in his early days at Parlophone, with his descriptions of illegal drug use by the Beatles.

Essay Topic 3

How did George Martin's experiences, recording classical artists and comedians at Parlophone, help to prepare him for his most famous role as the Beatles' producer?

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