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?
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 Gershwins great opera?
Porgy & Bess
8 - (1 pt.) Who commissioned Gershwin to write Rhapsody in Blue?
9 - (1 pt.) In a three-year period Felix Arndt recorded 3,000 __________.
10 - (1 pt.) What was the name of Felix Arndts 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 Whipples Ballet for Two Pianos?
A. Suite B. Opera C. Dances D. Prepared Piano
[ A & C ]
14 - (4 pts.) Name the four movements of Whipples Ballet for Two Pianos.
Hoedown / Gavotte / Romance / Gigue
15 - (1 pt.) Vince Guaraldi produced music for which famous cartoonist?
16 - (2 pts.) What are the names of Vince Guaraldis two most famous instrumental pieces?
Linus & Lucy / Cast Your Fate to the Wind
17 - (1 pt.) What was Guaraldis nickname?
18 - (2 pts.) What is the full title of Clarence Smiths 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 Whipples wife and partner?
20 - (1 pt.) Aside from pianos, were any other instruments performed on Celebrating Americans?
Yes. (Maracas or "eggz" shakers in Rhapsody in Blueor finger snaps/ hand drumming on Nola)
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