Celebrating Americans: Answers to Quiz ~ Level III (60 + 5 bonus points = 65 total points)
1 - (9 pts.)
a. Title of the national anthem of the U.S.A:
The Star Spangled Banner
b. Author of the lyrics:
Francis Scott Key
c. War that inspired these lyrics:
War of 1812
d. Original piece of music the U.S.A anthem was based upon:
To Anacreon in Heaven
e. U.S. president in office when the lyrics were written:
f. Title of the Whipple / Morales arrangement:
A Prayer For Peace
g. Term applied to unconventional performance techniques inside the piano?
h. Event that inspired the duo to create the arrangement:
September 11th, 2001
i. U.S. president in office when the duo created their arrangement:
George W. Bush
2 - (11 pts.)
a. George Gershwins name at birth:
b. & c. 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
d. Birthplace of George Gershwin:
e. From which country did Gershwins parents emigrate?
f. First name of George Gershwins older brother:
g. Creative contribution of Georges older brother:
h. Name of Gershwins great opera:
Porgy & Bess
i. Name of person who commissioned Gershwin to write Rhapsody in Blue?
j. Percussion instruments used in the Whipple/Morales recording:
(Maracas or "eggz" shakers)
k. Gershwins original works brought together which two styles of music:
Classical & Jazz
3 - (6 pts.)
a. Name of the composer who landed Gershwin a job at Aeolian:
b. Product that Gershwin and this composer produced at Aeolian:
c. What substance is the above product made of?
d. Name of the wife of the composer in question:
e. Name of the piece dedicated to his wife:
f. What percussion device was used in the recording on the above piece?
4 - (5 pts.)
a. Names of the two known composers whose work is featured in Not So Simple Gifts:
Sergei Prokofiev / Kirk Whipple
b. Musical technique used to develop (and change) this piece in the middle:
c. Composer whose treatment of Simple Gifts inspired the arranger:
d. The event for which this arrangement was created:
e. (Aside from Simple Gifts) name of the musical work directly quoted in this arrangement:
Piano Concerto #3 by Sergei Prokofiev
5 - (5 pts.)
a. c. Name of the most famous composer of the Ragtime Era and his two works performed on Celebrating Americans?
Scott Joplin /The Easy Winners / Solace
d. Name one of this composers two operas:
A Guest of Honor / Treemonisha
e. Name of this composers most famous piece for piano:
Maple Leaf Rag
6 - (6 pts.)
a. d. Name the four movements of Whipples Ballet for Two Pianos.
Hoedown / Gavotte / Romance / Gigue
e. Who are these pieces dedicated to?
f. Name one other musical term that could describe Ballet for Two Pianos:
Dances / Suite
7 - (7 pts.)
a. & b. What are the names of Vince Guaraldis two most famous instrumental pieces?
Linus & Lucy / Cast Your Fate to the Wind
c. Name of Guaraldis breakthrough recording:
Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus
d. Vince Guaraldi produced music for which famous cartoonist?
e. Guaraldis nickname:
f. What was Guaraldis largest concert work?
Choral (or Jazz) Eucharist
g. Venue or city where was it first performed:
Grace Cathedral / San Francisco
8 - (6 pts.)
a. Full title of Clarence Smiths most famous piano piece:
The Original Boogie Woogie
b. Smiths middle two nicknames:
c. Name or abbreviation of the concert circuit that booked Smith:
Theatre Owners Booking Association / TOBA
d. Name of person who encouraged Smith professionally:
Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport
e. How old was Smith when he passed away:
25 years old
f. What was the cause of his death?
A stray bullet in a bar room fight
9 - (Misc: 5 pts.)
a. What produced the "Woodstock Effect" on Linus & Lucy ?
A rattling music desk
b. 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
c. Profession of the lyricist of The Star Spangled Banner:
d. Name two of the three piano instrumentations used by the pianists on Celebrating Americans:
1 piano, 4 hands / 2 pianos / Prepared piano
e. Celebrating Americans was recorded in one evening in which month?
10 - (BONUS: 5 pts.)
a. First name of the engineer or piano technician on Celebrating Americans:
Paul (Paul Griffith, engineer and Paul Bruno, piano technician)
b. In which piece from Celebrating Americans was a string on the piano purposefully detuned?
The Easy Winners
c. Name of original work Whipple & Morales performed at their wedding:
Concerto for Two Pianos & Orchestra
d. Name of the graphic artist whose work is featured on Celebrating Americans and other recordings by Whipple & Morales:
e. Name of the musical non-profit organization directed by Whipple & Morales:
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