The Great Pianists Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Chopin's music was critiqued as exotic or even insane for its "bold dissonance and strange _____."
(a) Sonatas.
(b) Harmonies.
(c) Scales.
(d) Etudes.

2. What German pianist and composer was a pupil of Hummel and Sechter and became court pianist in St Petersburg?
(a) Adolf von Henselt.
(b) Carl Czerny.
(c) Friedrich Chopin.
(d) Mozart.

3. What son of a Hungarian official was born in 1811 became a priest in 1865 but had no authority to celebrate mass or hear confession?
(a) Franz Liszt.
(b) Adolf von Henselt.
(c) Friedrich Chopin.
(d) Sigismond Thalberg.

4. What term is used to identify a type of music that is a singing, nuanced, fluffy, polite, and melodic approach developed after Bach's death when the heavy contrapuntal style used in the tempestuous fugue fell into disfavor?
(a) Etude.
(b) Sonata.
(c) Legato.
(d) Fugue.

5. What is the name of a term used to describe a form of music in which themes successively repeat?
(a) Fugue.
(b) Legato.
(c) Arpeggio.
(d) Style galant.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did Chopin arrive in Paris as a fully-developed composer and pianist?

2. Two Hungarian countesses wrestled to the ground over what object belonging to Franz Liszt?

3. Who embellished a Chopin nocturne, prompting Chopin to tell him to play it as he wrote it or not at all?

4. What German pianist, conductor, and composer of Czech birth was a pupil of B. D. Weber in Prague and of Albrechtsberger and Salieri in Vienna?

5. Where did Liszt have rooms between Weimar and Budapest?

(see the answer key)

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