The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: Starting off the New Year, can you identify the opening of certain works of music? Here is an NPR puzzler to open 2015. | January 10, 2015

By Jacob Stockinger

What is a good way to start off the New Year musically?

There are always the New Year’s Day celebrations from Vienna with the Vienna Philharmonic. They get broadcast on PBS and also National Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Radio.

Here is a link to a preview of this year’s celebrations:

https://welltempered.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/classical-music-dance-into-2015-this-morning-and-tonight-with-waltzes-and-more-from-vienna-on-public-radio-and-tv/

Golden Hall in Vienna

But this year sees another way, an intriguing and original way, to mark the new year: A quiz about how great works of classical music begin and whether you can recognize them right away.

Female Orchestra Conductor With Baton

So here is The New Year Puzzler from the Deceptive Cadence blog on NPR.

Go ahead.

Take it and see how well you do.

The Ear wants to hear.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2015/01/06/375127303/getting-off-to-a-good-start-a-new-years-puzzler

And below is a popular YouTube video, with 2.5 million hits, of one of my favorite and most inspired and dramatic openings that should be immediately recognizable:

 

 

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2 Comments »

  1. The pitch of the CPE Bach threw me off – I heard D major and clicked the Mozart automatically. Got the rest, though.

    Comment by Mikko Utevsky — January 13, 2015 @ 12:14 am

  2. I did very poorly only getting 2 out of 6. I need to play more of my 12″ LPs.

    Comment by buppanasu — January 10, 2015 @ 1:17 pm


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