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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. 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?
(a) Johann Nepomuk Hummel.
(b) Carl Czerny.
(c) Adolf von Henselt.
(d) Ignaz Moscheles.

2. When was Vladimir von Pachmann born?
(a) 1865.
(b) 1798.
(c) 1902.
(d) 1848.

3. When was Johann Hummel born?
(a) 1745.
(b) 1902.
(c) 1845.
(d) 1778.

4. In what year did Johannes Sebastian Bach die?
(a) 1798.
(b) 1802.
(c) 1740.
(d) 1750.

5. Who invented the piano?
(a) Bartolomeo Cristofori.
(b) John Field.
(c) Adolf von Henselt.
(d) Muzio Clementi.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which student of Franz Liszt is described as having musical skill that was mostly telling tales published in "Music Study in Germany"?

3. What German Romantic composer of orchestral and choral works was born in 1809 in Hamburg?

4. When did Leopold de Meyer debut in America?

5. Where was Franz Liszt musical director and the location of the headquarters for "Music of the Future"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the nickname of Sigismond Thalberg? Why?

2. What students of Leschetizky are described in Chapter XXIII, Some of the Leschetizky Group?

3. Who were the great models of piano and composition teaching in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries? How was their style defined?

4. Who are the musicians described in Chapter XIII, Two Sensitive Ones? When did they live?

5. Where did Hummel's piano training take place? How is he described as a performer?

6. How did musical styles evolve after the death of Bach? What is the definition of "contrapuntal style"?

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

8. How did Chopin feel about his contemporaries? Who did he consider the only two great composers?

9. How are Franz Liszt's fans described in Chapter X, Thunder, Lightning, Mesmerism, Sex? How did Liszt react to the public?

10. Who was Eugene d'Albert? What does the author write of his musical contributions?

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