Welcome to the 2019-2020 cdse New Year Quiz
A Classical Music Quiz, with recordings to identify and questions to answer, based on the data available on this website.
The quiz is divided into THREE ROUNDS. The first two rounds each have six questions; the third round leads to five answers.
Don't worry if you can’t identify all of the music extracts! Some good guesswork, combined with information you can find on concertdiarysoutheast, should lead you to the answers.
ROUND ONE - WHO’S PERFORMING THIS?
In this round, there are six musical clips to listen to. Five of the clips contain three different pieces of music, and one contains just two. Each clip represents a concert being given during 2020 by one of the groups listed on concertdiarysoutheast: all you have to do is identify WHICH GROUP is putting on the concert represented by each clip.
Example: after listening to a clip, you recognise one of the three works as Prokofiev's Classical Symphony, but you're not sure about the other two - one is a piano concerto, the other is kind-of romantic sounding. If you look up the Prokofiev in our Future Performances Works List (use the menu at the top of the page to get there), you'll see there are two performances so far listed for 2020. If you then check both concerts in our future events diary, you'll see only one has a piano work in it, so the answer has to be that one - Dorking Philharmonia.
ROUND TWO - CONNECTIONS IN 2019
In this round, there are also six musical clips to listen to, each containing three different pieces of music. These three pieces of music have a connection related to the listings on concertdiarysoutheast for the year 2019 - you have to decide what that connection is.
To help you, here’s a list of seven possible connections: five of them fit the clips below, but two are red herrings! The sixth connection, you’ll have to work out for yourself.
Example: after listening to a clip, you can tell that all three pieces are opera, and the composers are probably Mozart, Verdi and Wagner. They’re all reasonably popular, so you check the stats page for composers of stage works performed during 2019 - lo and behold, the three top composers are Mozart, Verdi and Wagner, so the connection is 'top three opera composers in 2019'.
Here are your seven possible connections: remember, only five are correct...
(a) All three works were performed on the same day in 2019 (in different concerts by different groups)
(b) All works were performed at some time during 2019 by the same group
(c) All works were performed the same number of times during 2019
(d) All works were performed by different groups from the same town during 2019
(e) All works were studied in Workshop days during 2019
(f) All works were performed in the same venue but by different groups during 2019
(g) All are works which were NOT performed in 2019
ROUND THREE - JUMBLED CONCERTS IN 2020
In this round, there are sixteen musical clips to listen to, each an extract from a single piece of music. Between them, these sixteen works can be compiled into five concert programmes being given during 2020 - you just have to group them together. Four of the concerts contain three works, and one contains four. The answers we want will be the dates of each concert and the names of the five groups performing them.
Technique: try to identify as many of the clips as you can, then check each one in the Future Performance Worklist, and see if any appear to be in the same concert. This may help you identify other clips, when you see what else is on the programme. Tick them off as you form them into concerts, and with luck, you’ll get them all.