The Great Pianists Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

Harold C. Schonberg
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapters XXIV and XXV.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Under whom did Ignacy Jan Paderewski study piano?
(a) Theodor Leschetizky.
(b) Eugene d'Albert.
(c) Bartolommeo Cristofori.
(d) Ludwig van Beethoven.

2. What term is used to describe a form of playing that means connected consecutive notes without audible separation compared to staccato playing with distinct breaks between consecutive notes?
(a) Etuge.
(b) Stacatto.
(c) Fugue.
(d) Legato.

3. Who played melody with his thumbs in the middle of the keyboard while his fingers played arpeggios up and down the keyboard?
(a) Friedrich Chopin.
(b) Franz Liszt.
(c) Bertold Hummel.
(d) Sigismond Thalberg.

4. What Polish piano-player could not play two correct notes in a row and always played fortissimo?
(a) William Sterndale Bennett.
(b) Louis Moreau Gottschalk.
(c) Theodor Döhler.
(d) Antoine de Kontski.

5. What is a term used to describe various tools invented to help young piano students learn and practice that included a chiroplast, guide-mains, dactylion to suspend fingers on springs, pocket hand exerciser, and technicon among others that promised perfection with less work?
(a) Devices and mechanisms.
(b) Etude and arpeggio.
(c) Legato and stacatto.
(d) Etudes and scales.

Short Answer Questions

1. What Irish pianist, composer, and teacher was born in Dublin in 1782?

2. What pianist was born en route between Cassel and Berlin and played with most superficial brilliance?

3. What German pianist, composer, piano teacher, and piano manufacturer was born in 1785?

4. When was Johann Hummel born?

5. In the late 18th century, piano-playing techniques changed from Clementi's classic horizontal hand and arm level to outward-turned hands and wrists exemplified by whom?

(see the answer key)

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