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. What musical school did Anton Rubinstein found?
(a) The Julliard School of Music.
(b) The Vienna Conservatory.
(c) The New York University School of Music.
(d) The Saint Petersburg Conservatory.

2. Who discovered Harold Bauer at twenty playing piano?
(a) Sergei Rachmaninoff.
(b) Paderewski.
(c) Johannes Sebastian Bach.
(d) Josef Lhevinne.

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

4. When was Artur Schnabel born?
(a) 1856.
(b) 1882.
(c) 1902.
(d) 1911.

5. When did Harold Bauer make his American debut?
(a) 1799.
(b) 1885.
(c) 1900.
(d) 1910.

6. Where was Artur Schnabel from?
(a) Austria.
(b) Poland.
(c) Hungary.
(d) Russia.

7. What nickname did the pianist Leopold Godowsky go by?
(a) "Brahma of the Keyboard."
(b) "The Little Giant."
(c) "Chopinzee."
(d) "The Piano God."

8. In Chapter XXXVI, Bach a la Mode, the author comments on a trend that was unfashionable to play Bach on piano since whose resurgent harpsichord playing?
(a) Landowska's.
(b) Beethoven's.
(c) Glenn Gould's.
(d) Chopin's.

9. Vladimir de Pachmann dressed in a smelly, old gown he claimed was whose?
(a) Chopin's.
(b) Bach's.
(c) Emil von Sauer's.
(d) Beethoven's.

10. In what year was Maurizio Pollini born?
(a) 1902.
(b) 1965.
(c) 1949.
(d) 1942.

11. What is the name of a performance hall in New York City where Paderewski made a debut in 1891 on his tour for the Steinway piano company?
(a) Carnegie Hall.
(b) Vienna Philharmonic.
(c) New York Philharmonic.
(d) Metropolitan Opera.

12. How old was Isaac Albeniz when he debuted in 1864 Spain?
(a) 10.
(b) 8.
(c) 15.
(d) 4.

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

14. What Russian pianist played Chopin's Polonaise for an amazed critic, George Bernard Shaw?
(a) Vassily Sapellnikoff.
(b) Moriz Rosenthal.
(c) Alfred Grunfeld.
(d) Percy Grainger.

15. Who was world exponent of ultra-avant-garde pianism because he could read the new printed notes that required playing simultaneously piano keyboard, sounding board and strings, tape recorder and kazoo?
(a) Claude Debussy.
(b) Arthur Rubinstein.
(c) David Tudor.
(d) Vladimir Horowitz.

Short Answer Questions

1. What nickname did the pianist Vladimir de Pachmann acquire?

2. Who was described by the author as an incomparable pianist who added new theories and ideas about pedaling and sonority with new ideas of figuration and layout?

3. What term refers to any object which produces a sound when hit with an implement, shaken, rubbed, scraped, or by any other action which sets the object into vibration?

4. When did pianist Arthur Rubinstein make his American debut?

5. Where was Annette Essipoff from?

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