Trivial Matters--Break out your compendia of arcane classical knowledge--it's that time, again.
Thursday, January 7, 1999
Once again, classical minutia reigns supreme, with prizes for those three entries that contain the most correct answers. (In case of a tie, the earlier postmark, or fax or email date/time decides.) Answers must be received by 5pm, Jan. 22 at Coast Weekly, 668 Williams Ave., Seaside; fax (831) 394-2909; email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Answers and winners will be announced in this column, Jan 28. Suggestion: More winners are using the Internet. Be sure to keep a copy of the questions.
1) Though created at the San Francisco Opera by soprano Rnee Fleming, the role of Blanche Dubois in Andre Previn''s Streetcar Named Desire was originally intended for whom?
2) Who called architecture "frozen music"?
3) Who composed an opera based on an E.T.A Hoffman story about a French goldsmith who murders his clients?
4) What American bandmaster/composer said, "Jazz will endure as long as people hear it through their feet instead of their brains"?
5) What pianist, famous for his Bach, detested the composer''s Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue?
6) Who among the creators of West Side Story died in 1998?
7) What renowned 19th-century pianist said, "Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, except, possibly two"?
8) What musician is the subject of the new movie Hilary and Jackie?
9) What musician famously said, "Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy, it is the wine of a new procreation, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for men and makes them drunk with the spirit"?
10) What distinguishes the first three species of strict counterpoint, one from the next?
11) Name the British composer who wrote exactly nine symphonies.
12) What composer wrote, "At first I thought I should be a second Beethoven; presently I found that to be another Schubert would be good; then, gradually satisfied with less and less, I was resigned to be a Humperdinck"?
13) What prominent flutist once remarked, "I got to try the bagpipes; it was like trying to blow an octopus"?
14) To what does Beethoven''s Kakadu refer?
15) To what does Peter Sculthorpe''s Kakadu refer?
16) By what name is known the music for triangle, cymbals and bass drum used by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven?
17) Who composed a symphony about the adventures of Superman?
18) What major 20th-century Russian composer wrote two piano concertos, two violin concertos and two cello concertos?
19) What is a phagotum?
20) What work won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Music?
First Prize: A gift certificate for five CDs (total number) of your choice at Do Re Mi Music, Carmel and Monterey.
Second Prize: A gift certificate for three CDs at Do Re Mi.
Third Prize: A gift certificate for two CDs at Do Re Mi.
Last Week''s Quiz: In a 1903 speech, what Scandinavian composer said, "I am sure my music has a taste of codfish in it"? Answer: Edvard Grieg
Santa Cruz County Symphony Saturday, 8pm. John Larry Granger conducts Beethoven''s >"Triple" Concerto in C, featuring the Pacific Trio, Sibelius'' Symphony 1 in E Minor. Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St., Santa Cruz. $17-$32. 429-3444.
Pianist Vladimir Feltsman Monday, 8pm. Acclaimed concert/recording artist plays works of J.S. Bach, Mozart, Schumann''s Carnaval. Sunset Center, San Carlos Street at 9th Avenue, Carmel. $40, $30, $15. 625-9938.