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First Violin

written by: shimonbentzvi
 
This is a quiz on the history of violins and the craft of making them.

Question 1:


What do you call a person whose profession is to make string instruments?
Purflinger
Gambier
Violinist
Luthier

Question 2:


Which one is not a precursor of the modern violin?
Lira da braccio
Celesta
Rebab
Rebec

Question 3:


In the standard tuning, the four open strings on a modern violin correspond to what notes?
G, D, A, E
A, D, E, G
B, C, D, G
A, B, C, E

Question 4:


Which of the following types of wood is not commonly used in violin crafting?
Ebony
Maple
Cherry
Spruce

Question 5:


What material is usually used in the making of the hairs of modern violins' bows?
Horsehair
Polypropelene
A mixture of synthetic materials and sheepgut
Sheepgut

Question 6:


Pizzicato is the plucking of the strings of a violin with the fingers, not with the bow. What is the playing technique which requires using the bow?
Sul tasto
Sul ponticello
Sordino
Arco

Question 7:


Which of these statements about violin tuning is correct?
Today violins can be electronically tuned.
A violin does not need to be regularly tuned; it usually keeps its tune for weeks.
A violin is tuned by loosening or tightening the pegs at the top or near the bridge.
The pegs at the top of the violin are those used in violin tuning.

Question 8:


In a symphony orchestra there are usually how many violins?
3 to 40
5 to 12
20 to 25
16 to 32

Question 9:


The violin parts of Benjamin Britten's "Simple Symphony“ (movement two), the ninth movement of Bach's "Magnificant”, and the third movement of Tachaikovsky's "4th Symphony" have what in common?
The second violins are not even on stage.
The violins are silent.
The first and second violin parts are the same.
The violin part is all pizzicato.

Question 10:


Joe Venuti and Stéphane Grappelli were both popular violinists famous for what?
Playing with military bands
Developing the detache technique
Playing Beethoven’s violin duets
Playing jazz violin

 


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