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  1. schmonz

    schmonz Amitai Schleier Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Re: Schmonz's Big Fat Quiz

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    schmonz Amitai Schleier Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Re: Schmonz's Big Fat Quiz

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    Ask and you shall receive... :lol:

    Let the games begin!

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    Gah. I listened to all of these and cannot name anything. I'm a nobody... :cry:

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    I know...Medner!

    (don't worry, Chaotica - I have a few ideas but I'm out of time and can't pin anything down, either. I'm going to have to listen to them all over again later.)
     
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    11 - Alkan, Etude op.39 no 12 "Le Festin D'Esope"
    no idea about others :D
     
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    schmonz Amitai Schleier Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Kschyschtoff has correctly identified #11! First correct answer of this batch. I've edited the post and commented #11 accordingly.

    Chaotica: fret not, this is a tough quiz. I have weird taste.

    Pianolady gets unofficial credit and my appreciation for knowing what I like. :)

    Some early hints:

    • 1. None of the above was composed by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Grieg, Liszt, Mozart, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Schubert, or Schumann (not that I don't like these guys, but everyone knows about them already)
      2. Six of the composers responsible for the above pieces have recordings on this very site -- and at least one of the above pieces is available from Piano Society
      3. One of the composers is Medtner
      4. Some composers are represented by multiple pieces
      5. Look for patterns, you may find a few!
     
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    Re: Schmonz's Big Fat Quiz

    Yes I am sure you could, having picked them... :roll:

    It's a wicked selection indeed, but with some fascinating material. It would seem my knowledge is sorely lacking as I could only identify about half of them, and not all with total accuracy.

    2 - Alkan: Sonata Op.33 Les Quatre Ages, 1st mvt.
    5 - Ginastera: Sonara para piano, 2nd mvt
    6 - Medtner surely ? But cannot name the piece.
    7 - Granados: La maya y el Ruisignor, from Goyescas
    9 - Medtner: Skazka Op.26 No.1
    11- Alkan: Le festin d'Esope, Var.XXII
    12 - One of Medtner's piano concertos, not sure which one of the 3
    15 - Medtner: Sonata Tragica
    16 - Mompou: Cancion y Danza No.7
    17 - Franck: Prelude, Choral and Fugue (the fugue)
    18 - Surely Medtner, but what ????
    19 - This must be Kapustin but could well be Evans or someone else jazzy
    21 - Medtner: Skazka Op.20 No.1
    22 - Likely Schumann or Mendelssohn, but maybe not...
    24 - Medtner: Sonata Triade, OP.11 No.2
    26 - I know this but can't pinpoint it. Finale of Rach's first concerto ?
    27 - Must be a Medtner sonara, but which ? One of the Op.53 ?

    10 positives then, and some more or less educated guesses. Say schmontz, have you perchance a thing about Medtner ?
     
  9. schmonz

    schmonz Amitai Schleier Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Re: Schmonz's Big Fat Quiz

    Shameful, really! You're a walking piano encyclopedia with a few missing entries. :)

    Correct: 2, 5, 7, 9, 15, 16, 17, 21, 24 (11 was already taken; impressive that you found which variation it was, I'll have to take your word on that). I've credited you for these. Gonna be tough to beat.

    Partially correct: 6, 12, 18, 19, 27. On the right track, but no credit for these yet.

    Off the mark: 27 (it's actually an early Medtner work), 26 (wrong composer), 22 (wrong composer).

    It's possible, I ought to get that checked out... :p
     
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    If it's possible to get more partial credit - (although I know it's impossible to beat Chris, and maybe someone in the meantime will be precise with these) I'd guess that #4 is Gershwin, #10 possibly Joplin or Bolcom, #13 Gershwin or Bolcom, and Rachmaninov on #20, 21 25 and 26.
     
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    schmonz Amitai Schleier Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    None of these is right. But but but! 4 and 10 are in the neighborhood, 20 and 26 are indeed by behind-the-times Romantic-idiom composers (as is 13), and 25 is indeed by a Russian.

    21 has already been claimed (it's Medtner -- as close to Rachmaninov's style as he ever got).
     
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    Oh, sorry. I give up. :(
     
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    schmonz Amitai Schleier Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Well, your guesses were very good. If and when you have more, you can un-give up at any time. :)
     
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    Well, this is an education! I really like this music, and I know not a single one (cut me some slack, I'm only 27!) :lol:

    Anyhoo, what's the score now?

    Pete
     
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    schmonz Amitai Schleier Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    I'm only 28! When I stopped playing, I became a hard-core listener. It's a tradeoff: you can play Chopin etudes, and I can come up with piano quiz questions. (Massive understatement: I'm glad to be playing again. :))

    Current scores:
    techneut: 9 (plus a handful of correct composers, which could conceivably break a tie)
    Kschyschtoff: 1

    What do you think, should I keep dropping hints for another couple days and then reveal the remaining answers?
     
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    Maybe you can do the 'big reveal' on Friday? Give someone who may be currently pulling out all their albums a chance to get a few more.
     
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    #13 is so familiar -- like I swear I've taught in the past but at a slower tempo. Is it something you learned as a student around 4th year of childhood studies, Schmonz? I've forwarded the clip to a colleague here to see if she recognizes it as something possibly from the Royal Conservatory syllabus.

    #14 I love, but have NO IDEA where it comes from. It conjures up images of Fred Flintstone in his leotard, tippy-toeing gracefully at ballet lessons. Do the Europeans know who Fred Flintstone is? Macho cartoon character from around the 1960s who was told in one episode that some ballet lessons would improve his bowling skills.
     
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    schmonz Amitai Schleier Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Heh, now that you mention it, I see what you mean. A light piece by a usually very serious composer, though there are some clues to his identity in the figuration and harmony.

    I'm not sure whether I'd be surprised if #13 is on any syllabi anywhere. On the one hand, it sure sounds like the sort of thing that could be. On the other hand, the composer is not well known. (On the third hand, sometimes it's those guys who wind up being used for didactic purposes.)
     
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    Thanks, Schmonz. Those are good clues. Am going to take a break from taking bikini pics of self at the piano and look through my teaching books again this afternoon. No students this week, as it is Easter Break here in Canada, and maybe in USA too, so should have time to figure this out.
     
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    Doesn't it sound familiar indeed.... I have never heard any music by Billy Mayerl but somehow I think this is how it might sound.

    BTW I believe #12 to be Medtner's 2nd Piano Concerto.

    And #25 is Medtner's Ein Idyll, from 3 Arabesken Op.7. Hadn't played this for ages that is why I could not place it immediately. Phew, just in time before Arensky got that one :lol:
     

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