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    Talking Entry Exam For The BBC Symphony Orchestra-- Viola Players

    Be honest please and good luck!
    The pass mark is 10% but be careful-- over 45% correct and you are overqualified.
    1. Who wrote the following:
    a) Beethoven's Symphony No. 6
    b) Fauré's Requiem
    c) Wagner's Ring Cycle
    [5 pts.]

    2. Tschaikovsky wrote 6 symphonies including Symphony no. 4. Name the other five.
    [5 pts.]

    3. Explain "counterpoint" or write your name on the reverse of the paper.
    [10 pts.]

    4. Which of the following would you tuck under you chin?
    a) a timpani
    b) an organ
    c) a 'cello
    d) a viola
    [1 pt.]

    5. Can you explain "sonata form"? (Answer yes or no.)
    [5 pts.]

    6. Which of the following literary works was made the subject of a Verdi opera?
    a) First among Equals -- Jeffrey Archer
    b) Macbeth -- William Shakespeare
    c) Noddy and Big Ears -- Enid Blyton
    [5 pts.]

    7. Domenico Scarlatti wrote 555 harpsichord sonatas for which instrument?
    [5 pts.]

    8. Arrange the following movements in order of speed, starting with the slowest first.
    a) Quickly
    b) Slowly
    c) Very Quickly
    d) At a Moderate Pace
    [4 pts.]

    9. Where would you normally expect to find the conductor during a performance?
    [5 pts.]

    10. Which of the following wrote incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream?
    a) Des O'Connor
    b) Mickey Mouse
    c) Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
    d) Terry Wogan
    [5 pts.]

    11. Which of the following is the odd one out?
    a) Sir Colin Davis
    b) Andrew Davis
    c) Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
    d) Desmond Lynham
    [5 pts.]

    12. Arrange the following words into the name of a well known Puccini opera.
    Bohème, La
    [5 pts.]

    13. Within five minutes, how long is Chopin's Minute Waltz?
    [5 pts.]

    14. From which of the following countries did Richard Strauss come?
    a) Venezuela
    b) Sri Lanka
    c) Germany
    d) Japan
    [5 pts.]

    15. For what town were Haydn's "Paris" Symphonies written?
    [5 pts.]

    16. Which is the odd one out?
    a) Fantasy Overture Romeo and Juliet -- Tchaikovsky
    b) Romeo and Juliet -- Berlioz
    c) Romeo and Juliet Ballet -- Prokofiev
    d) Ten Green Bottles -- anon.
    [5 pts.]

    17. From which song do the following lines come?
    "God save our gracious Queen, Long live our noble Queen."
    [5 pts.]

    18. Spell the following musical terms.
    allegro
    rallentando
    crotchet
    pizzicato
    intermezzo
    [5 pts.]

    19. Tosca is a character found in which Puccini opera?
    [5 pts.]

    20. Arrange the following letters to form the abbreviation for a well known British broadcasting corporation.
    C, B, B.
    [5 pts.]
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    Re: Entry Exam For The BBC Symphony Orchestra-- Viola Players

    21. What's the difference between a cello and a viola?

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    Re: Entry Exam For The BBC Symphony Orchestra-- Viola Players

    Gosh, I did terrible on this.

    I know I got the one about tucking the timpani under your chin right.

    But all the rest...

    David
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    Re: Entry Exam For The BBC Symphony Orchestra-- Viola Players

    I thought No 12 was the hardest.
    regards

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    Re: Entry Exam For The BBC Symphony Orchestra-- Viola Players

    Quote Originally Posted by joaz
    I thought No 12 was the hardest.
    Yeah, that one stumped me, too, Joe.

    I thought it was some sort of solfeggio question -- and, well, I don't usually eat cheese, so I don't know much about that.

    David
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    Re: Entry Exam For The BBC Symphony Orchestra-- Viola Players

    I might have got number nine right if it were multiple choice.

    Rob

    P.S. Does the entry exam have any prerequisites - for example; being able to play / have once played a viola?

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    None of the viola players I know read!

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