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ORMS Christmas Quiz 2009

Here’s the quiz I produced for my Recorded Music Society this Christmas. Five sections, 20 points in each. If you want to have a go, submit your answers to king.ouf@ntlworld.com – answers will be supplied on request.

SECTION ONE – COMPOSER ANAGRAMS

First name and surname of 20 composers to extract from these anagrams:

1.   A Brunch Monster

2.   Smooth Archivist Kid

3.   Regard Raw Chin

4.   Trainmen Bent Jib

5.   Crackers Fan

6.   A Real Firebug

7.   Unclasp Conifer

8.   Aid Gazette Notion

9.   Banjo Harms Hens

10. Invalid Ovation

11. Dank Innovator

12. Fixed Nelson’s Helm

13. Vulgarest Ham

14. Acorn and Opal

15. Herein Eggs Grow

16. Bartenders Online

17. Tenth Juror

18. Banal Mouth Virus

19. A Demonic Devil Tour

20. Ably Seduced Us

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SECTION TWO – COMPOSER PORTRAITS

Ten composers to identify in these distorted images: two points each

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SECTION THREE – LOSING THE PLOT

Last May there was an Opera Plot contest on Twitter. Entrants had to summarise the plot of an opera in 140 characters or less. Can you identify the operas from the tweets below? One point for each. (Original author’s Twitter ID in brackets)

1. Monarchs fight, Rude Mechanicals rehearse by night, lovers get lost, confused and duel over height. Magic makes all things right (@mlaffs)

2. Men are thinking of sin as factory girl takes a spin. Love is all bull, the cave only half full, and she’s dead to the cheering within. (@dumbledad)

3. My girl’s better than your girl. No she’s not! Wanna bet? (@jimmyjimjoes)

4. 3 watery tarts refuse gnome / & the Gods cannot pay 4 their home. / They steal some gold / & Freia gets sold. / Back to Wotan “Valhalla shalom” (@david)

5. So why shouldn’t I have a toyboy? Whaddyamean he’ll leave me for a younger model? Go gracefully, me?! O heck. Where’s the tenor? (@wordsmusic)

6. It’s a classic screwball comedy: man falls for his masked wife, ends up in jail; laughter & drinks ensue: it’s kinda batty. (@idmbassoon)

7. Cad kills Commendatore. Conquests catalogued, courts country cutie. Cry creates chaos. Cast Commendatore comeback cues comeuppance. (@mmmusing)

8. He doesn’t love me! And he shot his best friend. Wish I hadn’t written that letter. I’ll marry a prince. Now he loves me? Tough. (@wordsmusic)

9. Wife dressed in drag. Infiltrates prison. Rescues husband. Too many overtures. (@kriswaldherr)

10. I’m a funny guy in the funny business but don’t try being funny with the Mrs. or I’ll bleed you a litre and la commedia e finita (@funwithiago)

11. She parties, though sick. She is courted: mysterioso! They move to the country. Boyfriend tricked, leaves. She coughs. She dies. (@s_haskins)

12. Public opinion forces violinist to save wife. Gods, sent to investigate, party it up in Hell. Can we fix it? Yes we can-can! (@dbrown)

13. Young simpleton shoots swan. Old windbag appalled. Half-crazed woman enlightens Simpleton. Simpleton declared redeemer and king. (@acdouglas)

14. Sailor abuse; sea; sailor abuse; sea; teacher abuse; sea; child abuse; sea; death; sea (@dumbledad)

15. Soluble, voluble sprite prays to moon for love. Gets wish and legs. Loses voice and the boy. Comes to a Grimm end. (@primalamusica)

16. Ah so! Someone must die. Tenor, denied soprano, steps up. Town executioner can’t hack it, gives up soprano; skirts death by wooing contralto. (@mmmusing)

17. Tenor paints wrong chick, soprano freaks, baritone drools, tenor tortured,  sop stabs bari, shepherd sings, tenor shot, sop jumps. (@gaspsiagore)

18. He sells his soul. He knocks her up. He kills her brother. She kills her baby. She dies in jail. Devil of a time. (@ogiovetti)

19. He loves her, but she’s forced to marry his father, the king. He sides with the rebels. Beware the grand inquisitor! (@gsandow)

20. Hypochondriac prince searches for women in fruit. Two die of thirst, but  everyone else lives happily ever after. (@mousequeen)

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SECTION FOUR – CD COVERS

Here are ten CD covers with details removed, and a list of twenty composers/works (i.e. ten are red herrings). Choose the letter of the composer/work you think goes with each cover. Two points for each correct answer.

The choices are:

A     KHACHATURIAN Spartacus
B     BEETHOVEN Choral Symphony
C     DELIBES Coppelia
D     STRAUSS Salome
E     VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS Sea Symphony
F     TCHAIKOVSKY Winter Daydreams Symphony
G     SHOSTAKOVICH Leningrad Symphony
H     STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring
I      HOLST Planets Suite
J     HAYDN The Creation
K     DVORAK New World Symphony
L     SCHUBERT Winterreise
M    SAINT-SAENS Carnival of the Animals
N     MOZART The Magic Flute
O     TCHAIKOVSKY Pathetique Symphony
P     STRAUSS Die Frau ohne Schatten
Q     BRITTEN Peter Grimes
R     BRAHMS Symphony No.1
S     PROKOFIEV Symphony No.6
T    POULENC Babar Le Petit Elephant

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SECTION FIVE – ODD-ONES-OUT

In each of these sets, one is an odd-one-out. Just tick the interloper, and give your reason.  One point for each correct answer, and one point for the correct reason (i.e. my reason!). Bonus points may be awarded for reasons I haven’t thought of!

1.
Scriabin
Szymanowski
Medtner
Rimsky-Korsakov

2.
Valery Gergiev
Vasily Petrenko
Vladimir Jurowski
Esa-Pekka Salonen

3.
Paris
Fire
Passion
Echo

4.
Alessandro
Alcina
Antigono
Ariodante

5.
Bodhrán
Dobaci
Kloboto
Surdo

6.
Lento
Adagio
Rallentando
Andante

7.
The Witch’s Curse
The Flowers of Progress
The Statutory Duel
The Martyr of Antioch

8.
Sibelius Op.47
Mendelssohn Op.64
Kabalevsky Op.49
Dvorak Op.53

9.
Tenebrae
The Sixteen
Concentus Musicus Wien
Polyphony

10.
Jon Kimura Parker
Rafael Orozco
Artur Pizarro
Mitsuko Uchida

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