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