Rick said he enjoyed the quizzes but often didn't do as well as he thought he should. Well, he is a musician, so I thought that making up a quiz about music should make him happy. Therefore, you are now tempted to try the following quiz. If you do well, thank Rick (and me). The usual 5 points for a correct answer. Begin.
1. Often called Hollywood's best-ever musical, it starred Gene Kelly and was released in 1952. Its name? Remember, this is all about music.
2. As prolific as Beethoven was, he wrote only one opera. Its name, please.
3. It was written by Meredith Wilson, it starred Robert Preston, and it even had a song about Gary, Ind. The title?
4. He was known as the March King, this American who wrote military and patriotic marches. What was his name?
5. We all know what marvelous instruments Stradivarius made, but do we know his first name? What is it?
6. And what kind of instrument did Ignaz Bosendorfer manufacture in Vienna? It's still being made all these years later.
7. “You make me smile with my heart” is one of the immortal lines from “My Funny Valentine.” Sinatra sang it best of all, I think. What Broadway show (then movie) is it from?
8. You think you need an easy one? OK. Who made “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band” a hit?
9. So brides often walk down the aisle to Wagner's “Wedding March.” What large work is it from?
10. Two wonderful Hoosier songwriters gave us, among other masterpieces, “Stardust” and “Night and Day.” Who were they? No, they didn't collaborate. Each one wrote one I've included.
11. Starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, it is one of the greatest money-makers of all time. Name the film.
12. “Seventy-Six Trombones” set our feet keeping time in what film?
13. “The Star-Spangled Banner” was written during which war?
14. Mendelssohn wrote the other famous wedding music many of us used as a recessional. What Shakespeare play is it written for?
15. “If music be the food of love, play on” is from what play?
16. E.B. White wrote a wonderful children's book about a swan born without a voice. What is the title?
17. William Congreve wrote an oft-misquoted line: “Music has charms to soothe the (blank) (blank).” Fill in the blanks.
18. “I got rhythm, I got music, I got my man – who could ask for anything more?” Who wrote the lyrics to accompany his brother's rousing melody?
19. Where does one find “The Song of Solomon,” sometimes called “The Song of Songs”?
20. This musical is thought by many to have changed forever the format of musicals. It included songs “Pore Jud Is Daid” and “Surrey with the Fringe on Top.” Name the musical.
Bonus (if you need one): Name the beautiful musical that was based on the music – and life – of Edvard Grieg.
Answers: 1. “Singin' in the Rain”; 2. “Fidelio”; 3. “The Music Man”; 4. John Philip Sousa; 5. Antonio; 6. piano; 7. “Pal Joey”; 8. The Beatles; 9. the opera “Lohengrin”; 10. Hoagy Carmichael and Cole Porter; 11. “Sound of Music”; 12. “The Music Man”; 13. War of 1812; 14. “A Midsummer Night's Dream”; 15. Twelfth Night; 16. “The Trumpet of the Swan”; 17. “savage breast”; 18. Ira Gershwin 19. The Old Testament; 20. “Oklahoma”; Bonus: “The Song of Norway.”
You scored at least 75, yes?