Dr. Fuddle's Musical IQ Test 10

Here are the answers to October 21st's Musical IQ Test!

1. d. a transitional figure of Classical to Romantic Eras
b. Ludwig van Beethoven
a. Frederick Chopin
a. toward the end of the Baroque Era
b. seven

Dr. Fuddle's Musical IQ Test 09

Here are the answers to October 14th's Musical IQ Test

1. a. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms
2. c. They are always held exactly two beats
3. a. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
4. c. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms
5. a. Symphony No. 5 in c minor

Puccini's aria, "Nessun Dorma" comes from the opera...

Turandot. Puccini began working on the opera Turandot in 1920. The next year, he started composing the music. Two years later, in 1924, Puccini had all but finished the opera's final duet. Puccini disliked the text of the duet and postponed composing it until he was able to correct the text. When he finally chose the words for it, two days later he was was diagnosed with throat cancer. Having decided to travel to Belgium for treatment and surgery the last week of November 1924, Puccini died as a result of the surgery on November 29. Therefore, the opera itself was never finished by Puccini. Learn more about Turandot and "Nessun Dorma".

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Puccini's famous aria, "Nessun Dorma," comes from what opera?

Made most popular by Luciano Pavarotti, Nessun Dorma is an aria from what famous opera?

Check tomorrow's post for the answer.

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Mendelssohn 'Italian' Symphony No.4 - 1st mvt.

Volker Hartung conducts Felix Mendelssohn's 'Italian' Symphony No.4, 1st movement, played by the Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra.

Live performance from Koelner Philharmonie & Tonhalle Duesseldorf, Germany.
The concerts were filmed with only one camera each. In order to make the film look more interesting, the images were combined. Soundtrack is from the Cologne Concert entirely.
more infos at: www.volkerhartung.com

Dr. Fuddle's Musical IQ Test 08

Last Week's Test was a challenge! How did you do? Here are the answers to October 7th's IQ Test.

1. d. Guillaume de Machaut
2. c. 6
3. a. The Well Tempered Clavier, Book One
4. a. Franz Joseph Haydn
5. a. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Diane Bish - Two Chorale Preludes of Johann Sebastian Bach

Organist Diane Bish performs two Chorale Preludes written by Johann Sebastian Bach. She performs these two pieces on the 1,068 pipe Taylor and Booty tracker organ of the Presbyterian Church of Coshocton, Ohio. Pieces include "Hark, a Voice Saith All Are Mortal" and "O Thou of God the Father."


Diane Bish Plays Toccata from Symphony No. 5, C.M. Widor

Organist Diane Bish plays this famous Toccata on the grand organ at the Ulm Munster in Ulm, Germany. Diane was heard on a radio interview a while back rating the top pipe organs in the world, and this one was at the top of her list.

Organ Details:
1969 Walcker, Opus 5000 / 161 Ranks / 8,900 Pipes / 98 Stops / Mechanical key action / Electric stop action / 5 manuals and pedal / Diane's Favorite organ.


Dr. Fuddle's Musical IQ Test 07

This week is an Advanced IQ Test!

Here are the answers to September 30th's Quiz

1. d. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
d. Felix Mendelssohn3. a. hold or pause on a note or rest
4. a. smoothly connected
d. Antonio Vivaldi

The 6 piano pieces composed by Erik Satie are...

Gnossienne's. Congratulations if you answered correctly! The word "gnossienne" describes the several pieces of piano music composed by Satie that didn't fit into any of the existing styles of classical music like a piano prelude or a sonata. It was Satie himself that coined the term "gnossienne." Though the etymology and the pronunciation of Satie's made up word remain a mystery to many, it is clear that his six gnossiennes are wonderfully unique and beyond intriguing. Learn more about Satie's 6 Gnossienne's.

Erik Satie wrote 6 of these pieces for piano.

Here's a tough one. Can you name the group of six piano pieces composed by Erik Satie that didn't fit into any of the existing styles of classical music, like a piano prelude or a sonata?

Check tomorrow's post for the answer.

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