Sunday, August 26, 2007

Yes, there is a quiz

Matthew Guerrieri over at Soho the Dog has a quiz in honor of the new academic year.

1. What's the best quotation of a piece of music within another piece of music?

Beethoven's Fifth Symphony in Ives' Concord Sonata.

2. Name the best classical crossover album ever made.

Not a genre I follow very closely, but I like Yo Yo Ma's Obrigado Brazil, where he played tangos with a number of Brazilian classical and jazz musicians.

3. Great piece with a terrible title.

Feldman, I Met Heine on the Rue Furstenberg.

4. If you had to choose: Benjamin Britten or Michael Tippett?


5. Who's your favorite spouse of a composer/performer? (Besides your own.)

Marion Zazeela.

6. Terrible piece with a great title.

Assuming we have to pick a classical piece, which means that Keiji Haino is not a viable source of titles, I'll go with Stockhausen, In the sky I am walking.

7. What's the best use of a classical warhorse in a Hollywood movie?

Blue Danube Waltz in 2001: A Space Odyssey

8. Name the worst classical crossover album ever made.

Anything involving tenors.

9. If you had to choose: Sam Cooke or Marvin Gaye?

Sam Cooke.

10. Name a creative type in a non-musical medium who would have been a great composer.

Ad Reinhardt.

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