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The Hope Handicap

Help! I recently found an old CD labelled ‘The Hope Handicap’. It’s a quiz I created some 10+ years ago to take on a music holiday in Hope, a delightful part of the Peak District in Derbyshire. Luckily, I also found, on an old computer, a question sheet to go with the CD. What I didn’t find, however, was an answer sheet!

Thus I am hoist by my own petard. Of the sixty musical extracts on the CD, there are a handful that I can’t identify, or am not sure about, so I need your help. On this page is the whole quiz, with the particular pieces I’m having trouble with highlighted. Feel free to try to do the whole quiz, but if you can tell me what the problem pieces are, please do – usual email address: king.ouf@ntlworld.com – or comment at the bottom of the page!

I won’t bore you with the scoring instructions – suffice it to say that in each of the ten questions, extracts (i) to (iii) are the easiest, (iv) and (v) are harder and (vi) is supposed to be tricky.

Question 1 – Symphonic Firsts

Six first symphonies to identify:

(i)

(ii)

(iii)

(iv) ??

(v)

(vi) ??

Question 2 – Centuries Apart

Six works, each premièred in the same year of their respective centuries:

(i)

(ii)

(iii)

(iv)

(v)

(vi)

Question 3 – This Sceptred Isle

Six works by British composers to identify:

(i)

(ii)

(iii)

(iv)

(v)

(vi) ??

Question 4 – Treading the Boards

Six operatic extracts for identification:

(i)

(ii)

(iii)

(iv)

(v)

(vi) ??

Question 5 – A la Chambre

Six pieces of chamber music – but what and by whom?

(i)

(ii)

(iii)

(iv)

(v)

(vi) ??

Question 6 – Countdown

Six numbered works, counting down from 6 to 1 – details, please:

(i)

(ii)

(iii)

(iv)

(v)

(vi)

Question 7 – Having a Tinkle

Piano music times six:

(i)

(ii)

(iii)

(iv)

(v) ??

(vi) ??

Question 8 – Menagerie

Six pieces depicting animals of various kinds:

(i)

(ii)

(iii)

(iv)

(v)

(vi)

Question 9 – A Bit of Baroque

Six pieces of baroque music to spot:

(i)

(ii)

(iii)

(iv)

(v)

(vi) ??

Question 10 – All Jazzed Up!

Music with a jazz influence to finish with – a-one, a-two, a-three-four-five-six…

(i)

(ii)

(iii)

(iv)

(v)

(vi)

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5 responses to “The Hope Handicap

  1. Simon

    19 May 2012 at 21:09

    9-vi is from Thomas Arne’s music for “Much Ado About Nothing”

     
    • kingouf

      20 May 2012 at 12:13

      Shalom Simon! Brilliantly done – you’re bang on. I’ve found the CD it came from too (Dr.Arne at Vauxhall Gardens). Thanks!

       
  2. Christina East

    20 May 2012 at 14:12

    Although I have never played Berwald 1, 1(iv) shouts Berwald at me. And 1(vi) is driving me mad as I have definitely played it………….

     
  3. Frank Wilhoit

    28 August 2012 at 23:25

    1.vi = slow mov’t of Shostakovich Sym. 1
    7.v is also Shostakovich, one of the op. 87 set

    1.iv is not Berwald. I ought to know what it is as I possess at least one recording of it. I’m too lazy to go check but i think it is probably the finale of Bruckner’s F minor symphony, which was the first symphony that he composed, but was not published in his lifetime and ordinarily is not given a number at all — sometimes it is called #00 by analogy with #0 (so called by Bruckner himself but composed after the first version of published #1).

     
    • Frank Wilhoit

      29 August 2012 at 09:41

      Aargh…not only do I have two recordings of it, but I was actually listening to it in the car the way home yesterday! 1.iv = Dvorak, Sym. 1 in C minor, finale.

       

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