Classical Music From A-Z #2

Some easy answers, a few perhaps more of a challenge!
Quiz by marjobro
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Last updated: July 26, 2020
First submittedJuly 13, 2020
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A
Sharps and/or flats added to a composition that are not in the key signature
accidentals
B
Chopin used this name, taken from prose narratives, for his compositions which included Opus 23 in G minor and Opus 52 in F minor
Ballade
C
Perhaps Debussy's most well-known composition, written for piano, but transcribed numerous times for other instruments
Clair de Lune
D
Schubert's Fantasia in F minor, D. 940, is one of the finest works of this repertoire
piano duet
E
Term for a technical study; in Chopin's works Opus 10 and Opus 25 they qualify as masterworks
etude
F
Musical symbol that indicates to hold a note (or rest) longer than its specific value
fermata
G
A very quick note played immediately before (or at the same time as) the principal note, theoretically receiving no rhythmic value
grace note
H
Early keyboard instrument which has strings "plucked" by a plectrum instead of bing struck by a hammer
harpsichord
I
The art of creating "on the spot" expanding on a musical motif
Improvisation
J
Nickname of Mozart's last symphony
Jupiter
K
Original German name of Schumann's "Scenes From Childhood"
Kinderszenen
L
Italian term that means to play smoothly
legato
M
Term indicating moving from one tonal center to another, usually closley related, key
modulation
 
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N
Celebrated 20th century Brazilian concert pianist Guiomar________
Novaes
O
Composer of Carmina Burana
Orff
P
Term for a 5-note scale which can be produced on the piano by playing only the black keys
pentatonic
Q
Popular opera by Tchaikovsky
Queen of Spades
R
20th century Russian composer who moved to America after the 1917 revolution and became one of the higest paid concert performers of his time
Rachmaninoff
S
20th century Russian composer whose orchestral work "Le Sacre du Printemps" shocked audiences
Stravinsky
T
Dodecophony: compositional technique using a tone row rather than a traditional tonal center
Twelve-tone
U
Nickname for Schubert's B minor symphony
Unfinished
V
Compostional technique in which a basic melody and/or harmonic structure is changed in a series of creative sections
Variations
W
One of Handel's best known compositions, a suite for wind instruments, reportedly written for the entertainment of King George I of England
Water Music
X
Medieval troubadours' lyrics could often be described this way
x-rated
Y
Succesful Broadway producer and composer during 1st half of 20th century whose first name was VIncent
Youmans
Z
First name of Hungarian composer Kodaly, a contemporary of Bartok
Zoltan
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Level 62
Jul 15, 2020
Nice quiz. Schubert's Fantasia is one of my favourite works for piano 4-hands, but I didn't get it, because your answer begins with "P", not "D"! If you accept "Duet" as a type-in, I think that will improve things. Never heard of the N and Y answers, so those are interesting to learn.
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Level 63
Jul 15, 2020
Thank you. Of course you're right, I should have indicated that "duet" was an accepted answer. I will correct that after I've had a chance to determine if there are other issues. So glad to hear you love the "Fantasia." I actually performed it publically many years ago. It's a marvelous work of art.

Please keep an eye out for my other quizzes. (The first one has been resubmitted to correct a couple of typos, but the original is still out there. My favorite that I hope to submit soon is Classical Music-the rest of the story"

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Level 63
Jul 18, 2020
Glad you enjoyed it! Actually T's name is spelled with the 'w' in a number of sources, including Maurice Hinson's 2nd edition of "Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire," published by Indiana University. I always just try both when taking quizzes, and I think I have entered him both ways in other quizzes.

I'm grateful that, so far, I've not had protests for including Vincent Youmans in a classical music quiz. Tricky to come up with original Y's.

Really appreciate your input

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Level 69
Aug 12, 2021
Vincent and closely are misspelt. Another vote for “duet”. Thanks for the quiz.
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Level 63
Sep 10, 2021
Thanks! Those typos sneak in there when you're not looking closely!!