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Part 1 - Music First!

1. Liebesfreud's CD "Selected Shorts" opens with a piece of Schubert. Of the following elements in music, which is most associated with this sensitive artist.
a - melody
b - harmony
c - rhythm
d - all of the above
(help: click on the music tab and scroll to the notes on Schubert)

2. Schubert wrote two famous quintets. One calls for the standard string quartet (2 violins, viola and cello) and adds which of the following instruments?
a - a second viola
b - a second cello
c - a third violin
d - a piano
(help: check out our June concert listing - click on 'Calendar' tab)

3. Schubert's other beloved quintet takes away one of the violins and adds a bass and piano. What is the name of this quintet?
a - the "Rider"
b - the "Lark"
c - the "Sunrise"
d - the "Trout"
(hint: "fly")

4. How did this Schubert quintet (referenced in #3) get its name?
a - from his favorite pastime
b - from the bird who sang outside his window while he composed
c - from the time of day he preferred to begin composing
d - from a song he wrote with the same melody
(hint: It's said to be the sincerest form of flattery.)

5. Again referencing question #3: Haydn composed quartets which are known by the remaining three names mentioned. How many string quartets did Haydn write altogether?
a - just those three
b - 4-7
c - 8-15
d - more than 15
(hint: Beethoven may have surpassed him in substance, but not in number.)

6. Beethoven also has at least one quartet with a nickname. This "middle" quartet is in the same key as his 3rd symphony and the Mendelssohn piece referenced in question #17. What is the name by which it is known?
a - "Eroica"
b - The "Harp"
c - "From My Life"
d - "Serioso"
(hint: dwell on it)

Part 2 - Composers

7. This composer wrote his piano quintet, 2 string quintets and 3 string quartets before introducing his first (of four) symphonies, such was his concern of being in the shadow of the master symphonist Beethoven.
a - Brahms
b - Schumann
c - Haydn
d - Salieri
(hint: check out May's Last Friday concert on the 'Calendar' page)

8. Whose birthday is not observed this month?
a - Beethoven
b - Brahms
c - Tchaikovsky
d - Jerzy Fitelberg
(hint: Linus could tell you.)

9. Who the heck is Jerzy Fitelberg?!
a - composer of Poland's National Anthem
b - Chopin's copyist
c - Chopin's brother-in-law
d - a composer whose music was represented in Liebesfreud's commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
(Hang on - you're halfway there!)

10. A compatriot of Mr. Fitelberg, this violinist/composer is not known to have written any quartets, but he certainly turned out some terrific violin pieces as well as two challenging violin concertos.
a - Bartok
b - Wieniawski
c - Prokofiev
d - Mendelssohn
(hint: it's in the ending)

11. This Russian was well-known as a pianist and composer. His beautiful (and only) string quartet was written when he was a teenager!
a - Rimsky-Korsakov
b - Rachmaninoff
c - Stravinsky
d - Prokofieff
(hint: His "short" quartet can be heard on the "Last Friday" of this month at Philadelphia's Ethical Society.)

12. In Russia, in the mid-19th century there was a group known as "The Five". Rimsky-Korsakov was one. Which of the remaining four (below) was composer of a very beautiful "Nocturne" for string quartet?
a - Balakirev
b - Borodin
c - Cui
d - Mussorgsky
(hint: also wrote "Polovetsian" Dances)

Part 3 - Fast Forward... 25 years

13. Written in the year 1800, Beethoven's 5th (quartet, that is!) is in what key?
a - A major
b - A minor
c - C minor
d - C# minor
(hint: it made our 'A' list program in December 2006)

14. Written in 1825, this was the other "A list" quartet. What is its opus number?
a - 127
b - 130
c - 132
d - 135
(hint: it's in the question)

15. Composer Joachim Raff, wrote 9 string quartets, the first of which (written in 1850) was either lost or destroyed by the composer. What famous performing Quartet of the early 20th century often played, as an encore, a movement of his 7th quartet?
a - Amadeus
b - Brodsky
c - Flonzaley
d - Vermeer
(hint: Stravinsky's "Three Pieces for String Quartet was written for them.)

16. Born in 1875, this beloved violinist and composer wrote many beautiful and charming short violin pieces and one string quartet.
a - Ysaye
b - Ole Bull
c - Kreisler
d - Paganini
(hint: Liebesfreud!)

17. Written in 1900, this early work of Georges Enescu is a masterpiece for the same size ensemble as that for which the youthful Mendelssohn wrote. How many players are required?
a - 5
b - 6
c - 7
d - 8
(hint: each of the above composers wrote only one)

18. Written in 1925, Turina's "La Oracion del Torero" (Bullfighter's Prayer) would be a good candidate for inclusion in "Selected Shorts - The Sequel"! How many tracks are on our original 2006 cd?
a - 6
b - 7
c - 8
d - 9
(hint: check out


THE CONTEST RULES (read especially #5 and 8)
1. This "Trivia" quiz is designed to be fun, entertaining and informative.
2. Look for a new quiz posted on the 1st day of each month in 2007 and a monthly prize - an $18 gift card to Borders Books and Music - which is not bad at all, especially if you win it! This month - May, 2007 - a 2nd prize: Starbucks $10 gift card will also be awarded.
3. There are 18 questions divided into three sections. Q. 1-6 are each worth 2 points; Q. 7-17 are each worth 3; Q. 18 is worth 5 points.
4. There is a total of 50 points. (usually it's 25 points!)
5. The contest will close on the 22nd of May with answers posted on our website by midnight on the 25th. The winner will be announced at that month's "Last Fridays" concert.
6. If there is a tie for high score, the winner will be selected by random draw.
7. In addition to the usual monthly prize in December, there may be two (2) extra prizes awarded on this mid-December date: One chosen at random from all the highest point entries from each month for the entire year; one awarded to the high score total for the year. Any who have scored 18 or higher in any given month (36 or higher in May or December, 54 or higher in September) will be eligible for these prizes which will be certificates valued at $50 at one of Philadelphia's best restaurants.
8. To submit your entry, copy and paste the entry form at the bottom of this page into an email (adding your answers, of course!) and send to - Please include your name and one of the following: address, e-mail or telephone number, whichever you prefer.
9. One entry per person, per month only.
10. Open to all, with the exception of Liebesfreud musicians and their immediate family members (sorry, Heather and Carolyn)


Music Trivia Quiz - May, 2007

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