It's Friday Music Quiz time!
May 8, 2015 10:57 AM   Subscribe

Alas, this is not the Guided by Voices song-title scramble I hoped it would be. Upside, I'm slightly better educated about classical music now.
posted by echocollate at 11:13 AM on May 8, 2015 [1 favorite]

Well, THAT was humbling!
posted by TDavis at 11:15 AM on May 8, 2015 [1 favorite]

Why doesn't the Buzzfeed quiz guess my age or tell me which member of One Direction I should date based on my answers?
posted by cubby at 11:33 AM on May 8, 2015 [3 favorites]

just for echocollate:
posted by bdc34 at 11:48 AM on May 8, 2015 [7 favorites]

Welp, I got 16 out of 20 on the first classical music one. The others I was too afraid to take.
posted by holborne at 12:15 PM on May 8, 2015

Well I totally bombed the Women Composer quiz but got a damning-with-faint-praise "Franckly Fabulous" on the buzzfeed one so that's something I guess
posted by Doleful Creature at 12:30 PM on May 8, 2015

Can you name these female composers?

Before taking quiz: Probably not, so thanks for this post.
After: 9, which is even worse than I expected. So yeah, thanks again for this.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 12:44 PM on May 8, 2015

My site reading turns out to be okay (but slow, and rusty) but there are just too many of those pieces I have never heard. (Grieg, Pergolesi, etc.)

Fun quizzes though. :)
posted by adamd1 at 12:47 PM on May 8, 2015

Mumble mumble something about quizzes vis-a-vis ordeals mumble

Beethoven would have scowled -extra- hard at some of these questions
posted by Twang at 12:48 PM on May 8, 2015

Regarding the women composers quiz: I would trade a few greeks and egyptians for some living women, but maybe that's just me?
posted by sleevener at 1:01 PM on May 8, 2015 [4 favorites]

I did slightly better at the Composer or Pasta? and Opera or Cheese? quizzes…
posted by misteraitch at 1:20 PM on May 8, 2015

Yeah...these quizzes are pretty terrible. Just all over the place. Neither fun nor informative.
posted by LooseFilter at 1:43 PM on May 8, 2015

Oh, archaic music only huh?
posted by 1adam12 at 2:02 PM on May 8, 2015

I was proud of myself for getting any of the Buzzfeed one right. Sadly, I couldn't get the classicfm quizzes to work even after fiddling with my defenses.
posted by ob1quixote at 2:36 PM on May 8, 2015

Was it cheating to look at the key signature for the sheet music ones? I still found these most difficult.

I also expected more recent (or even living!) composers for the female composers list; seven from 2000+ years ago seemed like overkill especially considering we have no extant music from them. Other than that, though, this was a great selection of women composers.

The fun in the sped-up quiz was hearing the pieces that way; I was going to complain that 3 or 4 seconds (as the shortest were) is too little time to tell but these were either immediately recognizable or less well known and more time wouldn't help.
posted by mountmccabe at 3:07 PM on May 8, 2015

For me genius will always live on it's root, along with generate. To be a music genius you have to make some music.
posted by StickyCarpet at 5:54 PM on May 8, 2015

I tried going into my study to do these quizzes on my laptop, but I Baroque the Handel off the Bach of the door...
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 7:01 PM on May 8, 2015

You did the sight reading quiz without using a musical instrument, right? Fun, although there were some I just didn't know.

I recently picked up my old copy of Piston's "Harmony" and read it. It used to be so hard to comprehend, even with a piano to work out the examples. This time I found myself able to hear the examples in my head just looking at them. Not necessarily in the right key, but the intervals and voice leading were apparent just by looking at them. Secondary dominants, tritone subs, parallel fifths, and everything that used to seem like magic were right there where I could hear them by looking at the score. And fun to recognize that sometimes Piston was being either intentionally snarky or pompous.

Anyone else have this experience? Anyone? bueller?
posted by lothar at 10:53 PM on May 8, 2015 [1 favorite]

Are you a music genius?

posted by louche mustachio at 1:45 AM on May 9, 2015

Anyone else have this experience?

Not that exact experience, but yes. The agony of musicianship classes pays off!

Although my nightmare is still that I'll somehow wind up in a situation where everyone's lives depend on my musicianship skills. "I'll release the hostages if you can listen to the following progressions and correctly transcribe the chords along with bass and soprano!" God, I'd kill us all.
posted by teponaztli at 4:26 AM on May 9, 2015 [1 favorite]

"I'll release the hostages if you can listen to the following progressions and correctly transcribe the chords along with bass and soprano!"

This has me laughing because I teach music majors, and the thought of a faux hostage situation as an applied skills final exam is darkly hilarious.
posted by LooseFilter at 8:23 AM on May 9, 2015

I did the sheet music one and got everything right except a handful of string quartets. It helps that they chose the one part of Rite of Spring that contains a melody I know.

I closed the female composers one out of ire because I do works by contemporary living female composers ALL THE TIME and it irritates me that nobody from the last 100 years showed up in the first 5 questions.
posted by KathrynT at 5:00 PM on May 10, 2015

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