Val Dickson’s Music Quiz No 1

PIANO ACCOMPANISTS MUSIC QUIZ NO 1

Valerie Dickson 2011

1. Name 6 long-sitting piano accompanists who have made their mark in Brisbane’s music world. State reasons for your choice.

2. Which prominent Australian ballet instructor inspired Agatha Christie to write her most famous mystery murder, The Mousetrap? How?

3. What became of the Dying Swan in the ballets of: a) P. Tchaikowsky? B) C. Saint-Saens? C) E. Kats-Chernin?

4. How many waltzes did the Strauss family compose? Why?

5. Which piano accompanist featured in the original version of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame?

6. What were the famous last words of: a) P.Tchaikowsky? b) A.Vivaldi? c) M.Ravel? d) W.A.Mozart? e) N.Weir?

7. How many ballet dancers does it take to make a Company?

8. TRUE or FALSE? Ballet pianists suffer from: a) Malnutrition? b) Worn-out fingers? c) Waltzitis (Left Hand)? d) Numb Bums? e) Life’s excesses – booze, drugs, etc? f) Cross-eyes? g) Serfdom? h) Neglect? i) Low pay? j) Caffeine addiction? k) Squint? L) Broken fingernails?

9. Who reputedly said “Oh no, not another xxxxxx ballet” and why?

10. Write ideal job descriptions for a P/T piano accompanist position with the following: a) Q.D.S.E. b) T.Q.B. c) Q.U.T. c) R.A.D. e) Q.S.O.

11. How many musical counts are there in a ballet bar?

 

PLEASE EMAIL YOUR ANSWERS TO THE EXAMINING BODY AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS: val.dickson@bigpond.com. HER DECISION WILL BE FINAL. A PRIZE WILL BE AWARDED TO THE MOST NUMBER OF CREATIVELY INCORRECT ANSWERS. COLLABORATION IS PERMITTED.

 

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One thought on “Val Dickson’s Music Quiz No 1

  1. Libby Balmer says:

    Hi Val! I was watching Catalyst last night and was delighted with the wonderful results for people with dementia and other issues, through music. It was mind-stopping! I well remember typing your paper for the Toowoomba conference when I worked at ICI and I still have a copy. I got it out today and re-read it and was actually saddened to note that all the outstanding issues that you mentioned that disturb people are still so rife and in fact much worse than ever. I have always been a true believer I the power of music and get much joy and at times, consolation, from it. I am retired and live a fairly quiet life in Tewantin on the Sunshine Coast but would be absolutely delighted to catch up with you some time if that was possible. You are such a special person and I have never forgotten the effect you had on my thinking and life. In the intervening time I have spent time studying Buddhism with the nuns at Chenrezig and live a fairly quiet life, but am content. My email is below and hope you are still around as I see this contact is from 2012. With love and best wishes, Libby

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