---Alice Abrams

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Thursday Thirteen - Music

Actual Answers From Students On Music Exams

1. The principal singer of nineteenth century opera was called pre-Madonna. -

2. Gregorian chant has no music, just singers singing the same lines. -

3. Sherbet composed the Unfinished Symphony. -

4. All female parts were sung by castrati. We don't know exactly what they sounded like because there are no known descendants. -

5. Young scholars have expressed their rapture for the Bronze Lullaby, the Taco Bell Cannon, Beethoven's Erotica, Tchaikovsky Cracknutter Suite, and Gershwin's Rap City in Blue. -

6. Music sung by two people at the same time is called a duel; if they sing without music it is called Acapulco. -

7. A virtuoso is a musician with real high morals. -

8. Contralto is a low sort of music that only ladies sing. -

9. Probably the most marvelous fugue was the one between the Hatfields and the McCoys. -

10. Refrain means don't do it. A refrain in music is the part you'd better not try to sing. -

11. I know what a sextet is but I'd rather not say. -

12. My favorite composer was Opus. Agnus Dei was a woman composer famous for her church music. -

13 . Johann Sebastian Bach wrote a great many musical compositions and had a large number of children. In between he practiced on an old spinster which he kept up in his attic. -
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Sniz said...

HAHA! Where did you get these? They are great! Happy TT!

Paisley Scott said...

Oh my gosh.. this was hilarious! I always wondered why Bach kept that old spinster in the attic... LOL! Great T13!

Joyismygoal said...

Oh My too funny I love the bronze lullaby, makes me think of those bronzed baby shoes:>

Hootin'Anni said...

I had to stop right on your very first one on the list, I was choking with laughter.

AND I see the Marine Emblem on your side bar. My son's a former Marine. Ooooorah.

My T T is published, won't you drop by?

Coco said...

LOL... hahaha... very funny! I'm forwarding it to my brother (who's a music teacher) :D

Randy said...

I loved your TT. I love music as I was a music director (I picked the station's music) in broadcast radio. I learned much from your site. It's my first TT and thought I'd drop by and say "hi."

Mercy's Maid said...

#4 was hilarious!

My 13 is musical this week too. Come by and see if you can guess the title/artist of the songs I've listed.

UKZoe said...

Oh MY GOODNESS. I have to sed my Musician friend Monika over here!

Malcolm: said...

Both funny and scary at the same time. There is an obscure movie called "Trixie" starring Emily Watson as the title character. She plays an aspiring P.I. who for some reason never finished school (I can't remember why). Because of her lack of education, she uses mixed metaphors and malapropisms throughout the movie. There is a scene where a character is singing acapella and she refers to it as "Acapulco".

Starrlight said...

OMG...Those are classics! Taco Bell Cannon...yikes!

Amanda said...

Happy Thursday!

Cecily R said...

What a funny list!

My five year old is an Amazing Gracie and so when I saw your name on someone else's comments I HAD to check you out!

Happy TT!

Desert Songbird said...

Lord have mercy! An old spinster in the attic?!?! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

These are hilarious! Would that I could have used these answers for my exams when I was studying music...

Desert Songbird said...

BTW - how goes boot camp for the recruit?

Denise Patrick said...

Too funny! Poor Sherbet, he never gets any respect!!

Happy TT!

Randy said...

Another quick note! I saw that you have the book by Michael Horton "Putting Amazing Back In Grace!" That is one of my favs. I interviewed Michael some years back. One of my fav interviews!

Travis said...

I'm not sure whether those are funny or just sad. I guess funny if some of them were purposely trying to be clever.

But sad too, if this can be considered commentary on the state of musical education.

Nicholas said...

You have to admit, there is a grain of truth to #4!

Cindy Swanson said...

Hi Gracie...this is my first visit to your blog, and I love what I see! I'll definitely be back to spend some more time. Thanks so much for commenting on mine!

With your grandsons in the military, no wonder you have a passion for supporting the troops. My brother was a Marine in Desert Storm, and recently spent time in Iraq training police officers. Once a Marine, always a Marine! I love our military and support them strongly.

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Well, I didn't know any of that. Hope you had a wonderful TT. :)