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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What refers to an early keyboard instrument producing a soft sound by means of metal blades attached to the inner ends of the keys gently striking the strings?
(a) Organ.
(b) Clavichord.
(c) Lute.
(d) Harpsichord.

3. Who was considered Liszt's equal and a "living impersonation of Chopin"?
(a) Carl Tausig.
(b) Louis Moreau Gottschalk.
(c) Hans von Bulow.
(d) Franz Liszt.

4. Chopin considered Bach and who to be the only two great composers?
(a) Franz Liszt.
(b) Mozart.
(c) Adolf von Henselt.
(d) Bertold Hummel.

5. In what year was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart born?
(a) 1749.
(b) 1756.
(c) 1780.
(d) 1714.

Short Answer Questions

1. What Hungarian composer wildly gesticulated back and forth all over the keyboard when he played?

2. What was an ill-defined method of balanced playing where stronger emphasized notes were offset by lesser emphasized notes?

3. Who held solo concerts in 1839 Rome?

4. Thalberg fully retired from playing with not even a piano at home in what year?

5. Where did Frédéric Chopin die?

Short Essay Questions

1. What musicians are described in Chapter XVI, Tyrant and Intellectual? Who established the German school?

2. Who was the rival of Franz Liszt? How did they differ in their performance styles?

3. Describe the differences in piano manufacturing and their impact on piano music in Chapter VI, In the Interim. Where were pianos made?

4. Who were the salonists described in Chapter XII, More Salonists, and the Revolutionary in Octaves?

5. What was Thalsberg's career like? When did he retire?

6. What eccentricities does the author describe of the salonists in Chapter XII, More Salonists, and the Revolutionary in Octaves?

7. Who was Louis Moreau Gottschalk and how did he represent American ideals in musical composition?

8. How does the author describe the transition to concert hall? Who was among the first concert hall pianists?

9. What musical figure is described in Chapter XXI, An Archangel Come Down to Earth? Whose student was he?

10. How does the author describe Mozart's playing style in Chapter II, It Should Flow Like Oil?

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