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Interesting questions related to piano?
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Hello all,
I’m trying to create a kahoot online quiz for advanced level amateur pianists. I will be grateful for ideas for nice questions which do not have straightforward answers and show the beauty of music and piano.
Questions that I’ve come with up to now:
- how many strings are there in an average piano
- Glenn Gould had a family relationship to which composer?
- which of the following composers was born first ? (Liszt , Schumann, Schubert , Chopin)

Will be happy to get nice ideas and thanks in advance for helping me.

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There're lots and lots, and you can easily obtain plenty of potential questions just by reading through the threads here, as people are very generous with their time and information whistle.

Here's a couple you can add (based on the composers you've mentioned):
Who said: "Hats off, gentlemen! A genius!" about which composer?

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Who said: "I'd love to steal from him his way of playing my etudes!" about which composer-pianist?


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How about the famous pianist/composer that became the president of his country?


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Which US Secretary of State performed a piano concerto for the Queen of England?


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Ohh that’s a good one. I must admit I didn’t know the answer immediately (I’m not from the US) but after I searched for the answer - I did know it once.

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While we are at it, what's president Truman's favorite piano piece?

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Originally Posted by dogperson
Which US Secretary of State performed a piano concerto for the Queen of England?

And, which Chopin Nocturn did Liszt performed for Queen Victoria in his last visit to England?

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I can share some more questions about the technicalities of the piano:
1. What is the number of strings in an average 88 key piano.
2. How much does a grand piano weigh (not a baby grand and not a concert type grand)?

and some more questions about composers fun facts:
3. Which composer liked to compose at the pool/billiard table ?
4. Which of the following composers spent more time in jail : Bach Beethoven Schubert Stravinsky
5. Who is the richest classical musician in history?

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Originally Posted by bennevis
There're lots and lots, and you can easily obtain plenty of potential questions just by reading through the threads here, as people are very generous with their time and information whistle.

Here's a couple you can add (based on the composers you've mentioned):
Who said: "Hats off, gentlemen! A genius!" about which composer?
Schumann said this referring to Chopin.

Originally Posted by bennevis
and:
Who said: "I'd love to steal from him his way of playing my etudes!" about which composer-pianist?
Chopin said this about Liszt.

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Just thought of one more nice qusetion
In 2011 an unknown short piece for solo piano of a famous composer was discovered, approx. 150 years after it was written.
Who is the composer?

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And another : Who among our current crop of political leaders can play the piano decently ?

We all know that Condoleezza Rice is an excellent pianist. But did you know that Emmanuel Macron, the French President, is quite competent ? He has had parties for the children of the Elysée Palace staff to introduce them to classical music with himself at the piano. My guess is that Angela Merkel can also play, being the daughter of an eastern Germany lutheran pastor. One thing is certain : Donald Trump can't. In fact naughty wags say that when Merkel took him to the New ElbPhilarmonie Hall in Hamburg to listen to the Ninth, he discovered Beethoven.



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About Trump at the Beethoven concert, here are excerpts from a comment by NYT reader Darlene Dobisch

"Hamburg, Germany
July 10, 2017
I'm an American classical singer living in Hamburg and I was called to jump in to sing in the chorus for a sick colleague. I observed all the world leaders as they entered and took their seats and was sitting 50 yards accross them for the entire concert... I must also say that Trump positively surprised me with his behavior at the concert. I can also imagine that his wife, who is European from the top of her head to the tips of her toes, knew something about the piece, as she listened particularly attentively. Trump acutally acted like a friendly, elderly Gentleman, trying not to fall asleep from jet-lag and whispering to his wife when different sections of the music woke him up and interested him in particular. After the last notes, he was one of the first to stand up and applaud us. This was of course in great contrast to the behavior we have been observing over the past months of his presidency, but there you have it... that's the way it went down in the elbphilharmonie."



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Putin also plays the piano


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Who, well according to Wiki at any rate, was 'Britain's first millionaire composer'?


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Originally Posted by petebfrance
Who, well according to Wiki at any rate, was 'Britain's first millionaire composer'?

Ok, I give up 🙄 who?


"Music, rich, full of feeling, not soulless, is like a crystal on which the sun falls and brings forth from it a whole rainbow" - F. Chopin
"I never dreamt with my own two hands I could touch the sky" - Sappho

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Who, well according to Wiki at any rate, was 'Britain's first millionaire composer'?

Ok, I give up 🙄 who?
Oh, sorry - I thought people liked to guess.

Here you are, but don't tell anybody else wink
Albert W. Ketèlby


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Originally Posted by petebfrance
Who, well according to Wiki at any rate, was 'Britain's first millionaire composer'?

Ok, I give up 🙄 who?
Oh, sorry - I thought people liked to guess.

Here you are, but don't tell anybody else wink
Albert W. Ketèlby


Sadly, I did try to guess and I also tried to search and find it .


"Music, rich, full of feeling, not soulless, is like a crystal on which the sun falls and brings forth from it a whole rainbow" - F. Chopin
"I never dreamt with my own two hands I could touch the sky" - Sappho

It's ok to be a Work In Progress
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Originally Posted by dogperson
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Originally Posted by petebfrance
Who, well according to Wiki at any rate, was 'Britain's first millionaire composer'?

Ok, I give up 🙄 who?
Oh, sorry - I thought people liked to guess.

Here you are, but don't tell anybody else wink
Albert W. Ketèlby


Sadly, I did try to guess and I also tried to search and find it .
It's probably an obscure fact (assuming it's true) that would be unlikely to pop up anywhere, other, of course, than in his biography. I only came across it because the tune(s) of 'In a Monastery Garden' arrived unbidden in my head (I used to play it on the piano many years ago) while I was walking in our 'garden' (or 'yard' as others might say) and got curious yesterday.


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Let's delve into the realms of (relative) obscurity wink :

Who was the first pianist who took on the challenge of performing the complete piano works of Liszt, and subsequently formulated a method of teaching piano which is still used today?

N.B. I do mean 'performing', not 'recording'.


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Originally Posted by bennevis
Let's delve into the realms of (relative) obscurity wink :

Who was the first pianist who took on the challenge of performing the complete piano works of Liszt, and subsequently formulated a method of teaching piano which is still used today?

N.B. I do mean 'performing', not 'recording'.
Wow - that's a tough one. 19th or 20th century?


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