MiM quiz – Explorer 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.



The four composers and film. To whom do the various descriptions apply?

He showed no interest in art forms in which music would have been subordinated to other forms of expression.

Pierre Boulez’s music was not used in films as too complex, autonomous by nature and, consequently, not suited to illustrating anything.

He collaborated with film directors on projects in which he was the author of the overriding concept of the musical-cinematic works.

Louis Andriessen liked to work with well-known directors (Peter Greenaway, Quay Brothers), although he did not write music “for films”, but, rather, co-created works with them in accordance with his own concept.

In 1958–1967 he wrote music to documentaries. His later works are often used in films.

Arvo Pärt is one of those composers whose music is frequently used in films, choreographies, art and theatre projects, 

He wrote music for films, including feature films.

Kazimierz Serocki’s film music legacy is substantial: from sound illustrations to documentaries to feature-length productions like Aleksander Ford’s The Teutonic Knights and Jerzy Hoffman's The Deluge. 

Vocal music - who composed this musical piece?

Listen to the short excerpt and  recognize the composer.

The example comes from Pierre BoulezPli selon pli.

The example comes from Louis Andriessen La passione.

The example comes from Arvo PärtKanon pokajanen.

The example comes from Kazimierz Serocki Poesies.

The music of the four composers is usually heard in traditional concert halls, yet each of them felt the need to go beyond the typical limitations of such venues, and three of them wrote pieces intended to be performed in other, more appropriate spac

He was interested in the possibilities of creating new spaces for new music, but had no opportunity to try them.

Kazimierz Serocki saw the need to use new spaces for new music, but this was not reflected in his work. Apart from the suggestion that Arrangements can be performed simultaneously in different parts of the same building.


Louis Andriessen put his understanding of the political role of music into practice with e.g. the Volharding ensemble, with which he gave street performances.

Purpose-built auditoria for performances of new music

Pierre Boulez believed that new music required new spaces and to make his visions a reality he collaborated with well-known architects.

Chamber music - which of the four composers wrote this musical piece?

Listen to the short exceprt and recognise the composer.

The example comes from Louis Andriessen Zilver.

The example comes from Kazimierz Serocki Swinging Music.

The example comes from Arvo PärtEs sang vor langen Jahren.

The example comes from Pierre BoulezLe marteau sans maître.

Orchestral music - who composed this musical piece?

Listen to the short excerpt and  recognize the composer.

Instrumental color scheme also plays a major role in Pli selon pli composed by Pierre Boulez, but this piece sounds quite different from Serocki’s music. Boulez saw the precise pitch as equally important as harmony arrangements.

In Ad libitum the nature of the music resembles that of colour fantasia, like in many of Krzysztof Serocki’s works.

A vivid, though by no means simple rhythm, sound of the orchestra favouring the brass rather than the strings suggest Louis Andriessen – the example is taken from his Mysterien.

Consonant chords, melody and harmony bringing to mind Renaissance music in Arvo Pärt’s 3. Symphony are characteristics of many of his works.

The quotations come from other composers and music journalists. Whom they apply to?

xxx in the quotations replace the name of the composer in question.

He considered himself from his earliest days to have an almost Napoleonic mission regarding music and its cultural role. His ambition was not only to compose, but to change the attitude of the public, institutions […] with regard to modernism.

George Benjamin (British composer) on Pierre BoulezThe Guardian, 20 March 2015

Individualist when it came to understand folklore but also the orchestra and new form. Though uncommonly intelligent, there was no indication of the intellectual nature of his actions.

Bogusław Schaeffer (Polish composer) on Kazimierz SerockiKompozytorzy XX wieku tom 2 (Kraków, 1989)

xxx music is the sound of the most fruitful of collisions between political radicalism, minimalist pulsation and European modernism; at its most profound, it's much more than that.

Tom Service (music journalist) on Louis Andriessen The Guardian, 15 October 2012

European music shows the signs of a spiritual crisis, and xxx is there, the lonely humans voice. He writes religious music in a very secular age.

Steve Reich (American composer) on Arvo Pärt  – Die Zeit, 11 September 2015

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