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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. At the time "All You Need Is Ears" was written, what equipment was used to alter the pitch of a human voice recording?

2. As explained by George Martin in Chapter 2, how is orchestration different from composition?

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

4. George Martin had trouble plugging "Love Me Do" for what reason, as explained in Chapter 7?

5. What is the length of the tubing in a French horn?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was George Martin's opinion of the Beatles talent and potential, upon listening to the demo tapes brought to him by Brian Epstein?

2. What events led to the purchase of Capitol Records by Sir Joseph Lockwood, and what artists did EMI gain as a result of the purchase?

3. 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?

4. What was the danger behind the giggling fits of George Martin and Peter Sellers while recording comedy bits at the studio?

5. What is the strong warning behind George Martin's pun on a Beatles song, "All You Need Is Ears"?

6. 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?

7. Why did the Beatles stand up George Martin in 1964, as described in Chapter 1?

8. At the beginning of Chapter 4, what were George Martin's criticisms of what he described as a lovely villa in Portugal?

9. Why, according to George Martin in Chapter 2, is pop music not a step down from classical?

10. What was the atmosphere at Parlophone immediately following the retirement of Oscar Preuss, as described by George Martin at the beginning of Chapter 5?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are some of the major achievements of the Beatles, under the wing of George Martin, that make them the most successful and influential band in rock history? What barriers did they break, shocking at the time, that seem perhaps less radical in retrospect?

Essay Topic 2

Why does George Martin feel that pop music is not a step down from classical music? Why does he think pop musicians find it easier to succeed in modern times than classical musicians?

Essay Topic 3

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

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