MiM quiz – Expert level / Education

Remember, this quiz is not about testing your knowledge about contemporary music. It's all about getting to know the four composers - their music, techniques, but also inspirations and private stories. We invite you to take on this challenge - discover the universe of four personalities and dive in into their music.

Here are some names of performers important to the four composers for some reason. Link them to the right name.

Reinbert de Leeuw

The conductor Reinbert de Leeuw, together with the Dutch ensembles Schönberg Ensemble and Asko Ensemble (now combined into one Asko/Schönberg Ensemble) performed and premiered many of Louis Andriessen’s works.

Maurizio Pollini

Maurizio Pollini is a brilliant interpreter of Pierre Boulez’s piano sonatas, especially No. 2, which he believes is a milestone in the repertoire for the instrument on a par with Beethoven’s sonatas.

Gidon Kremer

Gidon Kremer is a great advocate of Arvo Pärt’s music – at his request the composer wrote Tabula Rasa; Kremer was also the first performer of Fratres in the version for violin and piano.

Les Percussions de Strasbourg

Les Percussions de Strasbourg premiered Kazimierz Serocki’s percussion sextet Continuum.

Figures (from outside the world of music) important to the four composers:

Match the figure to a composer.

Jerzy Hoffman
Patrice Chéreau

In 1976, at the Wagner festival in Bayreuth, Pierre Boulez conducted Der Ring des Nibelungen in a production directed by Patrice Chéreau – to this day considered to be one of the best stagings of Wagner’s cycle.

Manfred Eicher

The most popular and exemplary recordings of Arvo Pärt’s music have been issued by the ECM label headed by Manfred Eicher.

Peter Greenaway

Peter Greenaway worked with Louis Andriessen on several musical-film and musical-stage projects (M is for Man, Music, Mozart; Rosa, Writing to Vermeer).

Creative periods - Louis Andriessen

Which work by the composer is earlier? Which is later?

The earlier one should be indicated.

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Louis Andriessen’s music is often divided into pre- and post-De Staat (1972):

  1. Ittrospezione III (1965) – music that fits in well with the avant-garde of the 1960s.
  2. Excerpt from De Materie (first part) - its characteristic features include clear pulsation, repetitions, Stravinsky and jazz influences.

Creative periods - Pierre Boulez

Which work by the composer is earlier? Which is later?

The earlier one should be indicated.

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Discreet use of live electronics (delay, reverb diversification) points to a later period of Pierre Boulez creations, associated with the IRCAM technology (Dialogue de l'ombre double, 1985). In the case of Le marteau sans maître (1954), the earlier date is indicated, inter alia, by the melody characteristic for the avant-garde of the 50s.

In which example is the sound of instruments transformed electronically?

Choose one or more:

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Pierre Boulez – …explosante-fixe… for MIDI flute, two flutes, ensemble and electronics (1991–93).

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Louis Andriessen De Tijd for choir and orchestra (1980–81). Louis Andriessen sometimes used electronics, but the sophisticated colours and effects in the piece are achieved without electronics.

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Kazimierz SerockiPianophonie for piano with electronic transformation of sound and orchestra (1979).

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Arvo Pärt – Miserere (1989–92). Arvo Pärt did not use electronics, the reverberation is, of course, entirely natural.

Inspirations from outside European classical music were important to each of the four composers

The task is to link the source of inspiration to the right name.

folklore

Although elements of Polish folklore found their way into Kazimierz Serocki’s music only for a few years and to some extent were associated with a need for a compromise with the ideology of Stalinist Poland, the artistic results of these inspirations are still worthy of note.

jazz

Louis Andriessen’s creative imagination was under the influence of jazz from his early youth.

gamelan

Although generally Pierre Boulez was far from imitating folk music or music of other cultures, the sound of non-European instruments, like those in the Indonesian gamelan, often attracted him more than the conventional sound of classic European ensembles and orchestras.

bells

The term “tintinnabuli”, which Arvo Pärt uses to describe his own style and technique denotes “little bells” (Lat.).

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