The Great Pianists Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Harold C. Schonberg
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Under whom did Ignacy Jan Paderewski study piano?

2. Who is Anton Rubinstein described as looking and playing like?

3. Where was Eugene d'Albert born?

4. From 1750 to 1824, London music shops grew from 12 to how many?

5. What Polish piano-player could not play two correct notes in a row and always played fortissimo?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Which of Liszt's students was considered his equal? How did students seek Liszt to teach them?

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

6. Describe the early life and career of Mozart. How old was he when he first performed musically?

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

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

9. How was Chopin related to romanticism? How does the author describe Chopin's appearance?

10. Who held the first solo concerts of the romantic period? What were they like?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When and where was Louis Moreau Gottschalk born? Where did he rise to fame? When did he make his American debut and where?

Essay Topic 2

When did the romantic upheaval take place in music and where? What world events led to the break with classicism? How is this transition defined in other art forms?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the style, biography, and works of Franz Liszt. What characteristics was Liszt known for as a performer? What were his fans like?

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