That academic year is just around the corner, so it’s time to sharpen those no. 2 pencils for another quiz! (If you missed it: some choice answers from the last one.) Once again, all hail Dennis Cozzalio at Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule, from whence I shamelessly plagiarized this idea.
As before, either leave your answers or a link to where we can find your answers in the comments. Do include the questions in your response, if only for my sake—I can’t keep two queries in my brain simultaneously, let alone ten. You may begin the test… now.
1. What’s the best quotation of a piece of music within another piece of music?
2. Name the best classical crossover album ever made.
3. Great piece with a terrible title.
4. If you had to choose: Benjamin Britten or Michael Tippett?
5. Who’s your favorite spouse of a composer/performer? (Besides your own.)
6. Terrible piece with a great title.
7. What’s the best use of a classical warhorse in a Hollywood movie?
8. Name the worst classical crossover album ever made.
9. If you had to choose: Sam Cooke or Marvin Gaye?
10. Name a creative type in a non-musical medium who would have been a great composer.
For opera nerds: If you had to choose:
a) Lawrence Tibbett or Robert Merrill?
b) Amelita Galli-Curci or Lily Pons?
For early-music nerds: Name a completely and hopelessly historically uninformed recording that you nevertheless love.