Friday, Sept 2, 2011:Puzzle It Out

Part of the giant Dvořák puzzle now at the Czech Museum of Music exhibit

Puzzle It Out*: The “Cream” of Czech Music

[Puzzle It Out: Přijít něčemu na kloub]

Our Friday brain teaser tests your knowledge of The Famous Four, the “cream” of Czech music: Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák, Leoš Janáček, and Bohuslav Martinů.

Look at the clues below, and supply the name of the appropriate Czech composer. Each name is used only once in each question. There’s also a bonus question at the end.

Answers are at the bottom.

This brain teaser may be really easy for you, or not.

But either way you might learn (or recall) some interesting facts about these composers, whose works will be prominently featured in the new concert season just opening now.

After you’ve teased your brain sufficiently, create your own quiz: Which are your favorite works by each of them? Which ones haven’t you become familiar with?

Then go to a concert or check out a CD … and enjoy the music!

And here are the questions. Which composer …

1 is associated with the Czech national revival? (the most)

2 was born in 1854 and died in 1928?

3 was an early “train spotter”?

4 is associated with the Devil and Kate?

5 is associated with Vitěslava Kapralová?

6 was an ex-pat in Sweden?

7 wrote 14 ballet scores?

8 + 9 wrote what is sometimes called “the Moravian national opera”? What’s the title of the opera?

10 had a father who was both a butcher and a zither musician?

Bonus Question: Which composer’s name means “cream” in the Czech language? And for you speakers of the Czech language: which popular cream product does not exist in the US or Britain, although the composer is famous there?

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The Answers

1 Smetana; 2 Janáček; 3 Dvořák; 4 Dvořák; 5 Martinů; 6 Smetana; 7 Martinů; 8 + 9 Janácek, Jenůfa; 10 Dvořák; Bonus question: Smetana; tvaroh – 00

Photo Credits: Miroslav Setnička

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