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.



Links with popular music (apart from works for children) – which of the four composers:

Although he is appreciated by many artists associated with popular music, he never himself wrote such music.
Wrote mass songs?

In the Stalinist period many Polish composers, including Kazimierz Serocki, expanded the mass song repertoire.

Worked with Frank Zappa?

In 1984 Pierre Boulez, conducting Ensemble Intercontemporain, made a recording of Frank Zappa’s songs featuring Frank Zappa (Perfect Stranger).

Arranged the Beatles’ songs?

The Beatles’ songs arranged by Louis Andriessen include Michelle, Yesterday and Ticket to Ride.

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.

Which composers visited the International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt?

Since 1946 the International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt has been the most important meeting place for composers interested in new phenomena in music. For two of the Four Composers the Darmstadt course was an important place in their artistic biographies, for the remaining two – not at all. Which composers visited the course?

In 1958 Musica concertante (1958) by Kazimierz Serocki was the first ever piece by a Polish composer to be premiered during the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt. In the 1950s PB, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Luigi Nono were considered to be leading young avant-garde composers, for whom the Summer Course in Darmstadt remained for a while the most important forum for presenting their own music and concepts.

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. 

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.

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.

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