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A to Z: Musical Terms #2
Can you identify these musical answers, starting with each letter A to Z?
Last updated: September 26, 2014
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1st chair orchestral violinist
This resolves to a consonance
Sang "Hotel California"
Spanish dance with castanets
Composed "Peer Gynt"
What jazz musicians do
Coin-operated music machine
B-flat major, e.g.
German art song
Device that keeps a regular beat
Interval one step higher than an octave
Introductory music to an opera
Small, high-pitched flute
"Crotchet", in US terminology
Mass for the dead
High, female voice
Speed of a piece of music
Vertically strung piano
Composed operas "Aida" and "Rigoletto"
Popular Viennese dance in 3/4 time
Common percussion instrument
"The Mothers of Invention" singer
Sep 12, 2014
Please accept also "ouverture", the French/German spelling. Secondly what about flamenco? Wikipedia says that castanets may be used although some purists frown upon them. Modern flamenco may use them and early 20th century pictures confirm they've been used then as well. - Probably used more in fandango (I didn't look up this dance), but also in flamenco.
Sep 22, 2014
Fun again, though I suspect if #3 in the series appears, the clue for X will be Common Percussion Instrument... I think the D clue is a bit tricky though - the way it reads, it sounds like you are after a verb that means "resolves to a consonance", but you are actually wanting the word that means "the state from which resolution to consonance occurs".
Sep 26, 2014
Thanks, I've altered the D clue very slightly to make it clearer.
Oct 22, 2014
The X clue is also a running gag, for both this and the
. Subsequent quizzes in the series will feature different X clues.
Sep 26, 2014
I was hoping to see Zydeco this go round.
Sep 27, 2014
especially for you!
Dec 26, 2014
What jazz musicians do -- should accept "inhale" or "imbibe".
Mar 31, 2018
How about irritate?
Dec 26, 2014
What about break dancer for B clue?
Dec 31, 2014
Well, at least it looks as if I'm not the only one unfamiliar with "crotchet."
Jan 8, 2015
Good quiz. Didn't know Americans called a crotchet a quarter note. Metronome brings back bad memories of piano lessons and exams.
Feb 16, 2016
I've never heard the term crotchet before. I live in canada but only a 45 min drive from the states and I have been involved with music as a hobby since I was 12 years old. If Americans use this term, it must be in the deep south or something, cause I've never heard it.
Feb 16, 2016
Crotchet is not used in the US. It is a British term and is also used in other countries like Australia, New Zealand etc. The US calls it a quarter note.
Jun 18, 2015
More people knew "Eagles" than "Grieg"?... Have I been listening to classical music for too long?
Apr 13, 2016
Hi, the Word "Lied" is not specific to a type of song. Its just a general term for a song/track/tune so i (as a german) actually didn't guess it.
Apr 11, 2017
In English it has a more specific meaning: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lied
Jul 14, 2016
My first answer for what jazz musicians do is "inhale".
Jul 2, 2018
Never heard of a concertmaster or a quarternote. Are they both Americanisms? I suggest that you should accept leader for the former as that's what it's known as in UK.
Aug 12, 2018
Leader doesn't start with C
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