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:

James Madison

f. Title of the Whipple / Morales arrangement:

A Prayer For Peace

g. Term applied to unconventional performance techniques inside the piano?

Prepared 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 Gershwin’s name at birth:

George Gershowitz

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:

Brooklyn, NY

e. From which country did Gershwin’s parents emigrate?


f. First name of George Gershwin’s older brother:


g. Creative contribution of George’s older brother:

Song lyrics

h. Name of Gershwin’s great opera:

Porgy & Bess

i. Name of person who commissioned Gershwin to write Rhapsody in Blue?

Paul Whiteman

j. Percussion instruments used in the Whipple/Morales recording:

(Maracas or "eggz" shakers)

k. Gershwin’s 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:

Felix Arndt

b. Product that Gershwin and this composer produced at Aeolian:

Piano rolls

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?

Hand drumming

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:

Aaron Copland

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 composer’s two operas:

A Guest of Honor / Treemonisha

e. Name of this composer’s most famous piece for piano:

Maple Leaf Rag

6 - (6 pts.)

a. d. Name the four movements of Whipple’s Ballet for Two Pianos.

Hoedown / Gavotte / Romance / Gigue

e. Who are these pieces dedicated to?

Marilyn Morales

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 Guaraldi’s two most famous instrumental pieces?

Linus & Lucy / Cast Your Fate to the Wind

c. Name of Guaraldi’s breakthrough recording:

Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus

d. Vince Guaraldi produced music for which famous cartoonist?

Charles Schulz

e. Guaraldi’s nickname:

Doctor Funk

f. What was Guaraldi’s 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 Smith’s most famous piano piece:

The Original Boogie Woogie

b. Smith’s middle two nicknames:

Pine Top

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?

January 2003

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:

Patricia Stanila

e. Name of the musical non-profit organization directed by Whipple & Morales:

The Unconservatory

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