Whose music did the composer hear in Paris and then claim, in his “Memoirs”, that it made him swear to become acomposer?
Which composer was appointed director of the Ecole royale de musique (Paris Conservatoire) by Louis XVIII in 1822?
Which early work, the basis for such later pieces as the “Requiem” (1837) and the “Te Deum” (1849), was only discovered in 1991?
“Messe soennelle”
To whom did Berlioz write the letters published in 1882 as his “Lettres intimes”?
Jean-Jacques-Humbert Ferrand
Which group, founded in 1828 and led by Francois-Antoine Habeneck, became the best performers of symphonic music in Paris?
Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire
In which momentous year in history – when the Bourbon monarchy was replaced by the Orleanists- did Berlioz both receive the Rome Prize and premiere his “Symphonie Fantastique”?
Name the cantatas Berlioz composed for the Rome Prize competitions.
“La Mort d’Orphee” (1827); “Herminie” (1828); “Cleopatre” (1829); “Sardanapale” (1830)
Name the movements of “Symphonie fantastique” in English and in order.
1. Reveries-Passions; 2. A Ball; 3. Scene in the Country; 4. March to the Scaffold; 5. Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath
Who succeeded Charles X after the trois glorieuses of the July Revolution in 1830?
What was the term for the mixture of music and monologue that Berlioz used in “Lelio, ou le retour a la vie”, the sequel to the “Symphonie fantastique”?
With whom did Berlioz have first child, Louis-Clement-Thomas, in 1835?
Harriet Smithson
Which of the 4 movements of Berlioz’s “Harold en Italie” (1834) – “Harold aux montagnes”, “Marche de pelerins chantant la priere du soir”, “Serenade d’un montagnard des Abruzzes a sa matresse” and “orgie de brigands” – proved to be the most popular?
2. “March de pelerins chantant la priere du soir”
In addition to his experimentation with its spatial layout, what were Berlioz’s two innovative contributions to orchestral rehearsals?
rehearsal letters and sectionals
Which music critic did Berlioz succeed in 1837 at the “Journal des debats”?
Francois-Henri-Joseph Blaze (Castil-Blaze)
With his comment that music was not intended for appreciation by the general public, whom did Berlioz wish to contradict – the author of “universal” biographies and histories of music and musicians?
Francois-Joseph Fetis
Which work, also known as the “Grande messe des morts”, was commissioned to commemorate those who died during the July Revolution and Fieschi’s assassination attempt in 1835?
the Requiem
In addition to the “Grande messe”, what was the other work that Berlioz completed on commission by the French government?
The Funeral and Triumphal Symphony
Which scene from his setting of “Romeo et Juliette” did Berlioz recommend that conductors omit, unless the audience were already very familiar with Shakespeare’s play?
the tomb scene in the 6th movement
Of which musical genre was Berlioz’s “Les nuits d’ete” the first example?
Orchestral song cycle
At which English theater did Berlioz hold the position of music director from November 1847 to July 1848.
Drury Lane Theater
What event of 2 December 1851 did Berlioz celebrate as a “veritable masterpiece”?
the coup d’etat by Louis Napoleon
What short-lived concert society did Berlioz help to establish between 1849 and 1851?
Grand Societe Philharmonique de Paris
To which musical genre did “l’Enfance du Christ” belong, the work which won Berlioz great success in its Parisian performances of 1854 and 1855?
A biblical oratorio
In what year was Berlioz elected to the Academie des Beaux-Arts of Institu de France after three unsuccessful tries?
In order to enable the 1863 premiere of his opera, “Les Troyens”, at the Theatre Italien, Berlioz split it into two parts. What did he name each part?
1. La Prise de Troie. 2. Les Troyens a Carthage.
Which comic opera by Berlioz, based on Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”, was commissioned for performance in Baden-Baden, Germany?
Beatrice et Benedict
In 1863, where did Berlioz conduct “l’Enfance du Christ” on behalf of a festival honoring Franco-German relations?
Who published both the “Symphonie Fantastique” and the “Requiem”, among other works by Berlioz?
Maurice Schlesinger
To which work by Berlioz does Bloom compare the Anvil esemble in Wagner’s “Das Rehingold”?
The chorus “Bienheureux, les matelots” in “Benvenuto Cellini” (4th Tableau)
In what year did LIszt leave Raiding to live in Vienna with his parents?
Who were Liszt’s first piano and composition teachers in Vienna?
Czerny for piano and Salieri for composition
Which piano manufacturer did the Liszt family befriend in Paris?
Sebastien Erand
What group, which had Liszt as a member, promoted the ideas of “abolishing privilege of birth, inherited land, and income from peasant labor…ending economic competition and establishing co-operation and classless solidarity”?
According to Watson, who were the four principal influences on Liszt during 1828-39?
Berlioz, Paganini, Chopin, Fetis
When did Paganini first appear in Paris?
March 9, 1831
The musical works, “Lyon”, “Apparitions”, “Harmonies poetiques et religieuses” and “De profundis” all bear the influence of what man, with whom Liszt spent the autumn of 1834?
Abbe Felicite de Lamennais
Who was the actual mother of Liszt’s daughter, Blandine-Rachel, born in December 1835 to the pseudonymous “Catherine-Adelaide Meran”?
Marie D’Agoult
With whom did Liszt compete in a concert on 31 March 1837 in the salon of the Princess Belgiojoso?
Whom did Liszt’s pupil, Puzzi, successfully have prosecuted for libeling the pianist in 1840, thereby forecasting the end of the affectionate relations between Liszt and the Schumanns?
Friedrich Weick, father of Clara
Whom did Balzac portray as “Beatrix” in his novel of the same name, and George Sand as he “Vicomtesse de Chailly” in her novel, “Horace”?
Marie d’Agoult
With the intent to retire from public piano performance and devote himself full-time to composing and conducting, where did Liszt – and shortly thereafter, his lover the Princess Carolyne von Sayn-Wittgenstein – make his permanent residence in 1848 and remain until 1861?
In which month and year did the BEethoven festival at Bonn take place, to which Liszt contributed so much time and energy in organizing?
August 1845
What work did LIszt, as conductor, premiere on 28, August 1850?
“Lohengrin” by Wagner
Name at least 4 member of the “Society of Murls” that devoted itself to Liszt.
Hans von Bulow, Franz Brendel, Richard Pohl, Louis Kohler, Carl Tausig
Which of his symphonic poems was the first that Liszt orchestrated without the assistance of his usual collaborators, Raff and Conradi?
The failed premiere of which opera in winter 1858 represented the last straw for Liszt in his appointement as Kapellmeister?
“The Barber of Baghdad” by Cornelius
Name the 2 most famous musicians to sign the manifesto against the New German School, published in “Das Echo” in 1860.
Joachim and Brahms
What event famously failed to take place on 23, October 1861 in Rome?
THe wedding of Liszt and Carolyne
What event succesfully took place in the Villa d’Este on 20, July 1865?
He received 4 minor orders: doorkeeper, reader, exorcist and acolyte
With whom did Liszt’s daughter, Cosima, commit adultery against her hustband, Hans von Bulow, beginning in 1864?
Which musical work was the occasion for a performance debacle atthe church of St. Eustache in Paris on 15 March 1866?
“Missa Solennis”
Between which three countries did LIszt move during the last seventeen years of his life?
Germany, Hungary and Italy
name the 2 Scandinavian composers whose work was championed by Liszt
Grieg and Berwald
Which work by Liszt did Wagner quote at the beginning of his final opera, “Parsifal”?
the “excelsior” motif
Who wrote the 3-volume biography of Liszt whose 1st installment appeared in 1880?
Lina Ramann
Into which 2 categories does Watson divide all the late piano pieces by Liszt?
Elegies and dances