Quiz for String Quartets
1. How does Beethoven's Op. 18 No. 1 begin?
- down bow
- up bow
- softly, but with character
- every year
2. The best use for a metronome is to:
- learn a composer's intent regarding tempo
- determine appropriate tempo relationships
- be a practice aid
- humiliate a colleague
3. Many quartet players feel the most disconcerting audience distraction to be:
- beeping watches during Beethoven's Cavatina
- picture-taking (with flash) during Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ
- rustling of cellophane candy wrappers during the slow movement of Ravel's quartet
- loud wagering between movements of Alban Berg's Lyric Suite
4. The most important function of a cellist's endpin is to:
- keep the cello from sliding on stage during a performance
- ruin one's colleagues' living room carpet
- set off airport security alarms
- restore order during arguments at rehearsal
5. What is the best edition of Mozart quartets and why?
- Bärenreiter because of its superior scholarship
- Henle because it's an Urtext edition
- Peters because it's traditional
- G. Schirmer because it's cheap
6. When it is best for the first violinist to take a solo bow?
- after Haydn's "Lark" Quartet
- after Mendelssohn's Octet
- after an all-Bach solo recital
- while everyone else is still backstage, arguing
7. The primary function of a music review is to:
- educate and enlighten the public
- promote local concerts
- inspire performers to maintain their highest standards
- make the paper thick enough to meet the demands of any untrained puppy
8. Amateur quartet players (especially doctors) have the following advantages over professional players:
- they approach the music with freshness
- they are more concerned with musical product than technical perfection
- they own most of the world's great instruments
9. What is the most effect way to offend a concert sponsor?
- don't show up at the reception
- leave the reception after 5 minutes
- arrive on a flight other than the one the sponsor was asked to meet
10. When do most quartet first violinists leave first position?
- whenever string crossings produce unwanted timbres
- only when the composer specifically indicates it (ex.: finale of Beethoven's Op. 50 No. 3)
- when all but one string have broken
11. What is the most challenging audience?
- New York
- any that includes present or former students
12. Certain French and Czech editions (as of Ravel and Janácek) are well known to quartet players because they are:
- the most authoritative editions
- too large to fit in one's case
- printed on paper rejected by Charmin
13. When may a quartet second violinist be too loud?
- in the slow movement of the Schubert two cello quintet (but only at the first rehearsal)
- during the Grosse Fuge (when everyone else is playing as loudly as possible)
- when playing at the first violinist's funeral
- when his mother is in the audience
14. What should you do when you are lost in the Grosse Fuge during rehearsal?
- try to find the place
- stop immediately
- play anything (concerto, solo sonata, études, etc.)
- knock over your music stand so you have an excuse for another start
15. Most arguments in quartet rehearsals occur over:
- and over.