What Do You Know About Classical Music? A Quiz Deck

What Do You Know About Classical Music? A Quiz Deck
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What Do You Know About Classical Music? A Quiz Deck
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With 48 fact-filled cards per package, Knowledge Cards are a great source of condensed information—all in a deck the size of a pack of playing cards. Size: 3¼ x 4".

By Margaret E. Wagner. Library of Congress.

ISBN 9780764953507

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Can you describe the function of the medieval “Guidonian hand”? Name the Stravinsky ballet that caused a near riot at its 1913 premiere, the first woman to be a full-time member of a major symphony orchestra, or the Chopin composition meant to musically depict a little dog chasing its tail? From master luthiers of the Middle Ages to contemporary composers, this deck of quiz cards brings the world of classical music to life with lively, informed commentary in a Q&A format—each card front poses a question, and the answer is elucidated on the back. Whether enjoyed solo or in a convivial group, the forty-eight intriguing cards in this deck will enlighten, educate, and entertain.


Sample Card Text

How many symphonies did Beethoven write? Which one is the “heroic” symphony? Which one did the Allied powers draw on to boost morale during World War II?

Answer
Ludwig van Beethoven (German, 1770–1827) wrote nine symphonies—as well as thirty-two piano sonatas, seventeen string quartets, several concertos, and one opera, Fidelio. Symphony no. 3 in E-flat, composed in 1804, is known as the Eroica (heroic) symphony. During World War II, the Allied powers adopted the first four notes of Symphony no. 5 (1804–1808) as an artistic weapon. The three short G’s and one long E-flat, representing the Morse code V (for victory), helped maintain morale during the darkest days of Nazi domination in Europe. Beethoven might have approved. A pivotal figure of Western music, he lived in the turbulent political age that encompassed the French Revolution and the rise and fall of Napoléon Bonaparte. His compositions reflect the epic struggles for freedom he witnessed—and the battles he waged within himself, especially his slow, humiliating struggle against deafness. “Our times need mighty spirits,” he wrote, “to lash into action these timid, beggarly human souls.”