Friday, February 5, 2016

Answers to the quiz

Last Friday I put up these questions:

  1. How many albums did the Sex Pistols release?
  2. What is the difference between serialism and dodecaphonic composition?
  3. Who, of these famous guitar players, is still alive? Eric Clapton, B. B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Francesco Corbetta.
  4. How many different pitches comprise an Italian augmented sixth chord?
  5. What does the title of Adele's latest album, 25, refer to?
  6. What pitch is the highest string of a Renaissance lute tuned to? A Baroque lute?
  7. How many tympani players are needed to perform Berlioz' Requiem?
  8. If you were dancing a branle, what country would you likely be in?
  9. In music theory, what is a pedal?
  10. Also in music, what does "Sturm und Drang" refer to?
Just like the last time, I didn't get many answers! Here are the correct ones:
  1. Although Wikipedia has details on a number of releases after the band broke up, there really was only one official, studio album released: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
  2. These two terms refer to basically the same thing: music composed using a pre-determined "row" of all twelve pitches.
  3. Just Eric Clapton.
  4. Three. In C major they are A flat, C and F#.
  5. Her age when she was writing the songs.
  6. Nominally, a G. On a Baroque lute, an F.
  7. Ten.
  8. France.
  9. A long, held note, over which the other voices move freely.
  10. A period in the 1770s when Joseph Haydn, in particular, wrote a number of very emotional symphonies, often in minor keys. It is often linked to the literary movement with the same name.
As an envoi to this post, here is one of Haydn's Sturm und Drang symphonies, the Symphony No. 44 in E minor, nicknamed the Trauer Symphony ("Mourning"):

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