Quiz time! This idea is a total rip-off from the excellent movie blog Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? Then Handel was quite the narcissicist.
Anyway, here’s ten questions to kill your Friday afternoon. You can leave your answers in the comments, or else leave a link to wherever you’re posting. Do please include the questions when submitting your answers.
1. Name an opera you love for the libretto, even though you don’t particularly like the music.
2. Name a piece you wish Glenn Gould had played.
3. If you had to choose: Charles Ives or Carl Ruggles?
4. Name a piece you’re glad Glenn Gould never played.
5. What’s your favorite unlikely solo passage in the repertoire?
6. What’s a Euro-trash high-concept opera production you’d love to see? (No Mortier-haters get to duck this one, either—be creative.)
7. Name an instance of non-standard concert dress you wish you hadn’t seen.
8. What aging rock-and-roll star do you wish had tried composing large-scale chorus and orchestra works instead of Paul McCartney?
9. If you had to choose: Carl Nielsen or Jean Sibelius?
10. If it was scientifically proven that Beethoven’s 9th Symphony caused irreversible brain damage, would you still listen to it?