The Great Pianists Test | Final Test - Medium

Harold C. Schonberg
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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. What term is used to describe the late nineteenth and twentieth century disciplined style of piano playing in which the pianist reverts back to playing with strict adherence to composers' written musical note?
(a) Modernism.
(b) Romanticism.
(c) Classicism.
(d) Neo-Classicism.

2. With whom did Arthur Rubinstein share an uneasy friendship but recognized each other's strengths?
(a) Vladimir Horowitz.
(b) David Tudor.
(c) Claude Debussy.
(d) Arthur Rubinstein.

3. What musician debuted in 1906 America and amazed other pianists with his "quasi-glissando" that seemed impossible?
(a) Claude Debussy.
(b) Simon Barrere.
(c) Mischa Levitzski.
(d) Josef Lhevinne.

4. Whose austere Russian appearance produced organized, impeccably delivered serious sonorities with musical elegance and exquisitely finished phrases?
(a) Isadora Duncan's.
(b) Paderewski's.
(c) Josef Lhevinne's.
(d) Sergei Rachmaninoff's.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where was the musician Glenn Gould from?

2. When did Josef Hofmann make his Hamburg debut?

3. What refers to an instrumental musical composition usually designed to provide practice material for perfecting a particular technical skill?

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

5. What contemporary pianist of Teresa Carreno called her a "goddess" despite her lack of discipline?

Short Essay Questions

1. What example is given to illustrate modernist principles with Josef Hofmann?

2. What Polish pianists are described in Chapter XXIV, The Chopinzee, the Buddha, and Others in addition to de Pachmann and Godowsky?

3. Who was Vladimir de Pachmann? What was his expertise and namesake?

4. How are Alfred Brendel and Maurizio Pollini described in Chapter XXXVII, Two Cult Figures?

5. What American pianists does Schonberg describe in Chapter XXXVIII, Made in America?

6. When did Josef Hofmann make his American debut? What toll did it take on him?

7. What was the impact of the Russian Revolution of 1917 on music?

8. How did Vladimir Horowitz's piano career begin? What was the public reaction to the pianist?

9. What was the critical and public response to Busoni's performances?

10. When did Glenn Gould retire? What emotional disturbances did he suffer from?

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