Props to Matthew Guerreri for creating yet another diverting waste of ti... er, enlightening quiz. For what it's worth:
1. What's the best quotation of a piece of music within another piece of music?
Not the most subtle or elegantly set up, but it's gotta be the Tristan quote in Debussy's Golliwog's Cakewalk.
2. Name the best classical crossover album ever made.
Uri Caine's Mahler album, hands down. (Sorry, which way was the crossover supposed to go?)
3. Great piece with a terrible title.
Kindertotenlieder. How cheery.
4. If you had to choose: Benjamin Britten or Michael Tippett?
To be the black sheep, I'll take Tippett.
5. Who's your favorite spouse of a composer/performer? (Besides your own.)
Does Peter Pears count?
6. Terrible piece with a great title.
The Book with Seven Seals.
7. What's the best use of a classical warhorse in a Hollywood movie?
Beethoven's 9th in Die Hard.
8. Name the worst classical crossover album ever made.
Anything involving Il Divo.
9. If you had to choose: Sam Cooke or Marvin Gaye?
10. Name a creative type in a non-musical medium who would have been a great composer.
Ernest Hemingway. Can you imagine the weltschmerz?