Celebrating Americans: Answers to Quiz ~ Level II (33 points total)

1 - (1 pt.) What is the term applied to performances where the pianists create sounds using non-piano objects and/or unconventional techniques inside the piano?

Prepared piano

2 - (2 pts.) Name the two "non-piano objects" placed on the piano strings to modify the sound in The Star-Spangled Banner / A Prayer For Peace.

Fingers / Metal chain

3 - (2 pts.) Who wrote the lyrics to The Star Spangled Banner, and what was his profession?

Francis Scott Key / Lawyer

4 - (1 pt.) In which war were these lyrics written?

War of 1812

5 - (2 pts.) Name two works that Gershwin wrote for piano and orchestra.

Rhapsody in Blue / Concerto in F / An American in Paris / Second Rhapsody for Piano & Orchestra

6 - (2 pts.) Where was George Gershwin born? From which country did his parents emigrate?

Brooklyn, NY / Russia

7 - (1 pt.) What is the name of Gershwin’s great opera?

Porgy & Bess

8 - (1 pt.) Who commissioned Gershwin to write Rhapsody in Blue?

Paul Whiteman

9 - (1 pt.) In a three-year period Felix Arndt recorded 3,000 __________.

Piano rolls

10 - (1 pt.) What was the name of Felix Arndt’s wife?


11 - (2 pts.) Name the two known composers whose work is featured in Not So Simple Gifts?

Sergei Prokofiev / Kirk Whipple

12 - (3 pts.) Who was the most famous composer of the Ragtime Era and what are his two works performed on Celebrating Americans?

Scott Joplin / The Easy Winners / Solace

13 - (2 pts.) Which of the two following terms apply to Kirk Whipple’s Ballet for Two Pianos?

A. Suite B. Opera C. Dances D. Prepared Piano

[ A & C ]

14 - (4 pts.) Name the four movements of Whipple’s Ballet for Two Pianos.

Hoedown / Gavotte / Romance / Gigue

15 - (1 pt.) Vince Guaraldi produced music for which famous cartoonist?

Charles Schulz

16 - (2 pts.) What are the names of Vince Guaraldi’s two most famous instrumental pieces?

Linus & Lucy / Cast Your Fate to the Wind

17 - (1 pt.) What was Guaraldi’s nickname?

Doctor Funk

18 - (2 pts.) What is the full title of Clarence Smith’s most famous piano piece and what were his middle two nicknames?

The Original Boogie Woogie / Pine Top

19 - (1 pt.) What is the name of Kirk Whipple’s wife and partner?

Marilyn Morales

20 - (1 pt.) Aside from pianos, were any other instruments performed on Celebrating Americans?

Yes. (Maracas or "eggz" shakers in Rhapsody in Blue or finger snaps/ hand drumming on Nola)

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