The Great Pianists Test | Final Test - Easy

Harold C. Schonberg
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where was the pianist Claudio Arrau from?
(a) Mexico.
(b) Spain.
(c) Chile.
(d) Canada.

2. Under whom did Leopold Godowsky study for three years?
(a) Percy Grainger.
(b) Alfred Grunfeld.
(c) Saint-Saens.
(d) Moriz Rosenthal.

3. How old was Josef Hofmann when he gave his debut recital?
(a) 8.
(b) 5.
(c) 10.
(d) 11.

4. At what age did Isaac Albeniz hide on a ship crossing the Atlantic to Puerto Rico and play in his French musketeer costume for passengers?
(a) 14.
(b) 13.
(c) 12.
(d) 15.

5. Who sought ideal music he could play and compose and eventually settled on Mozart's twelve piano concertos at farewell concerts in 1922?
(a) Claude Debussy.
(b) Claudio Arrau.
(c) Franz Liszt.
(d) Ferruccio Busoni.

6. Whose powerful opening made orchestra conductor Eugen Pabst leave the podium to watch his hands and the "audience went wild"?
(a) Claude Debussy.
(b) David Tudor.
(c) Arthur Rubinstein.
(d) Vladimir Horowitz.

7. Ernest Hutcheson became president of what school of music?
(a) Vienna School of Music.
(b) Carnegie Mellon School of Music.
(c) Juilliard School of Music.
(d) New York University School of Music.

8. Who codified twentieth century theory of technique beyond Chopin's ideas?
(a) Claude Debussy.
(b) Vladimir Horowitz.
(c) Arthur Rubinstein.
(d) David Tudor.

9. What school did Isaac Albeniz attend at age 15?
(a) Metropolitan Opera.
(b) Brussels Conservatory.
(c) Julliard School of Music.
(d) Vienna Conservatory.

10. What instrument did Harold Bauer play as a child prodigy?
(a) Saxophone.
(b) Harpsichord.
(c) Violin.
(d) Organ.

11. At what age did Glenn Gould retire?
(a) 39.
(b) 40.
(c) 32.
(d) 25.

12. Where was the pianist Ernest Hutcheson from?
(a) Australia.
(b) Russia.
(c) Germany.
(d) Canada.

13. What musician played like a skilled de Pachmann, according to the author?
(a) Moriz Rosenthal.
(b) Percy Grainger.
(c) Vassily Sapellnikoff.
(d) Alfred Grunfeld.

14. How old was Isaac Albeniz when his father allowed him to go to New York?
(a) 17.
(b) 14.
(c) 16.
(d) 13.

15. In what year was Alfred Brendel born?
(a) 1901.
(b) 1955.
(c) 1940.
(d) 1931.

Short Answer Questions

1. What album by Glenn Gould is described as combining personality, ideas, bouncing rhythm and fast tempos?

2. Where was the musician Glenn Gould from?

3. Walter Gieseking played piano at what age?

4. What school promoted musicianship, severity, strength and solidity rather than charm and sensuality?

5. In what year did Josef Hofmann play 255 different works in twenty-one concerts without repeating any?

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