He who's win my free CD must answer these questions three

August 3, 2015 at 05:47 PM · Here’s my GREAT CD GIVEAWAY under a bit of influence from “MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL”:

Not long ago I had something of a re-launch of my 2nd CD, “CHACONNE D’AMOUR” by putting audio clips of it onto my website, http://rkviolin.com Clips from my 1st CD, “THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT”, had been up for some time. These are now both available for purchase through my site. But I’d like to offer fellow v.commies a chance to win my CD for free! All you have to do is be the first one to successfully answer three simple questions. The first one to ring in successfully wins my 2nd CD. OK, what the heck? BOTH CD’s!

But before starting, read the fine print – or imagine an announcer talking really fast:

Void where prohibited. People under 18 please consult your parents. I am the sole judge and jury of this quiz and my decision is final. Anyone who disagrees with me will be cast into the VALE OF ETERNAL PERIL. Anyone who annoys me in any way will be cast into THE VALE OF ETERNAL PERIL. Anyone who…well, you get the idea!

No harmful results have been reported as a result of listening to my CD’s. Occasional humming along has been noted as well as moderate-to-severe enjoyment. If such symptoms persist, consult your violin teacher and order more of my CD’s for your friends.

No animals were harmed during the making of these CD’s. Some bow hairs broke and a nearby dog howled – but that’s about it!

Ready? OK!

1. What’s your name?

2. What’s your favorite color?

3. Which of the following instruments was Jascha Heifetz most well-known for a. flute

b. sax

c. violin

WOAH!! Not so fast! I want to give away a couple of CD’s but I’ve got to make it a little more challenging than that! Here are the real questions all in the category of violin concertos:

1. Name 3 concertos in F# minor.

2. Name 2 concertos where the cadenzas, already written by the composer, have some orchestral accompaniment at some points.

3. As we know, most concertos begin with an orchestral introduction. Some, like the Beethoven and Brahms have long intros; some like the Mendelssohn, very short ones. But some have no intro at all. They begin with either the violin and orchestra starting together or the violin starting alone. I can think of 6 violin concertos with no orchestral intro. Can you come up with 5?

Good luck!

4. Bonus, extra credit question. It doesn’t count for the contest, but you get bragging rights: What is the average air speed of a swallow?

Replies (22)

August 3, 2015 at 07:26 PM · Edit and clarification: I'm mystified. I wrote "He Who'd", not "who's" in the title on my office program, which I copied and pasted here - and it still says "who'd" there. I suppose this proves that s's and d's migrate as freely as coconuts do! Also, I wrote "answer ME". Did someone "help me out" who is not familiar with the Python Scripture?

To win you must be the first to correctly answer all 3 questions. No partial credit. Or, to put it another way: 3 shall be the number of thy correct responses and the number of thy correct responses shall be 3. One correct response shall not win thee the prize, nor 2, save thou proceedeth then to 3. 5 is right out!

August 4, 2015 at 01:34 AM · I'll handle #4: African or European?

August 4, 2015 at 02:19 AM · Umm...I don't know that...



BTW, I dictated that last part.

August 4, 2015 at 03:04 AM · Where does one send answers? :-)

August 4, 2015 at 03:16 AM · Right here, like Aaron and I just did. Just post on this thread as usual, and whoever posts first with 3 right answers wins!

August 4, 2015 at 03:52 AM · Aren't there half a dozen concertos in F# minor by Viotti alone?

August 4, 2015 at 03:57 AM · 1. Wieniawski #1 F# minor

Vieuxtemps #2 F# minor

Ernst violin concerto op. 23


Vieuxtemps #4


August 4, 2015 at 12:08 PM · Paul, you'll have to quote chapter and verse. To recycle a recent joke on another thread, I always thought that Viotti only wrote one concerto which he curiously entitled "#22"!

Tiffany, spot on for question #1. Brava! And you're right for the Vieuxtemps #4 - I hadn't thought of that one. There IS one bar where the orchestra comes in before the cadenza is finished. But I don't consider that the Bruch has any cadenza. As to my question #3, I don't count those concertos where the violin can optionally start along with the tutti. It has to start either alone or with the orchestra, playing an independent solo line. Remember I said I could think of 6 like that but only asked for 5? Because there is one modern one, not well-known yet, which I didn't expect anyone to come up with. So I'll mention it as an example to illustrate what I mean: the Edgar Myer concerto. I think you can find it on YouTube by Hillary Hahn.

Keep trying folks. It happens to be my B-Day today, but I'd be very pleased to give someone else a gift! Since I've acknowledged Tiffany's correct answers, the rest should be easier for everyone else.

August 4, 2015 at 02:55 PM · Raphael, https://www.flickr.com/photos/dannyhawaii/2628928849 !

Question 2: I think the orchestra comes in in the Mendelssohn during the cadenza, so that must be one. Another one is (and I'm not sure whether this is one you mean) the BEETHOVEN, not often performed with the cadenza he wrote for violin, with timps coming in from time to time.

August 4, 2015 at 04:03 PM · No, in the Mendelssohn, when the orchestra comes in I consider the cadenza to be finished even though the violin continues with similar figuration. I believe that the Beethoven cadenza is an arrangement of the cadenza from his piano version of the violin concerto. So that doesn't count.

I must say - it feels good to be sole judge, jury and Lord High Executioner!

August 4, 2015 at 04:06 PM · First of all: happy birthday to you...! :o)

Five contenders for question III:

Bartók - Violin Concerto n°1

Prokofiev - Violin concerto n°2

Henze - Violin Concerto n°1 & n°3

Ligeti - Violin Concerto

If judge & jury accept the answers, I'd suggest you send your nice gifts to Tiffany. My contribution is merely just a poacher's goal, she did the main work. Saying that, I'm going to lift my glass to you this evening!

edit: I just read you don't accept Beethoven. How about Elgar, 3rd movement?

August 4, 2015 at 04:16 PM · I love how you're pushing back against answers you don't think are good enough, but then explaining very respectfully why. You'd make a good chemistry professor.

And I do appreciate your joke about the Viotti No. 22, even twice. :)

August 4, 2015 at 06:12 PM ·

August 4, 2015 at 06:19 PM · Too bad! I can answer your first set of three questions perfectly... ;)

August 4, 2015 at 06:30 PM · 3.

Barber op 14


Prokofiev #2

Bartok #1

Röntgen, Julius violin concerto no.1

L. Bernstein violin concerto Serenade after Plato's Symposium

August 4, 2015 at 06:43 PM · "it feels good to be sole judge, jury and Lord High Executioner" - I should coco!

August 4, 2015 at 07:56 PM · Thanks, folks for B-day wishes and some great responses!I just checked out the ones I wasn't familiar with or hadn't heard or thought about for a while on YouTube. The Henzes are not your warm fuzzy from the little bit I've heard so far - but well-worth checking out. And I think the Rontgen would be right up my romantic alley - so thank you! The only wrong answer I found was the Kabelevsky. My own list included some already mentioned, plus the Schoenberg. Should I consider the Bernstein "Serenade" a concerto? Judge rules: *bell tone* Yes! So brava again Tiffany! You're in the lead. Yes, the Elgar is one of the 2 I have in mind with accompanied cadenzas. So, since you're in the lead Tiffany, I'll give you a chance to come up with one more. I'll even give you a huge hint: the composer was a friend of Brahms.

BTW, I managed to escape from the VALE OF ETERNAL PERIL in time for my B-Day, after hoisting in my own petard, when failing to distinguish between an African and a European swallow. It's a terrible place! The only "music" they pipe in all day and night is Sevcick exercises, the only tv programs that come in are infomercials and shopping channels - and the only thing that comes through on the internet is a program called "Best of v.com" with nothing but threads on shoulder rests, rosin comparisons and senior citizen beginners who want to become pros!

August 4, 2015 at 09:22 PM · Joseph Joachim Concerto No 2

August 4, 2015 at 11:36 PM · That's it - brava! Email me your mailing address and I'll send them out to you. violinist@rkviolin.com

I've had fun with this and I hope everyone else posting or just reading here did too!

August 5, 2015 at 03:52 AM · Message sent, thank you.

August 5, 2015 at 09:01 AM · Oops!!! Misspelled Ko-Ko

August 5, 2015 at 10:55 AM · Into the VALE OF ETERNAL PERIL with you!

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