Wednesday, 4 November 2015

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 4-11-2015: The Symphony

Right … 

I’ve got time off.

I’ve actually got time off … 

And guess what?

Guess what?

It’s not foggy, out.

No … !

It is — and you’ll excuse the language, I hope — pissing down, out there.

Frankly, I’m hoping to pick up a book I’ve reserved, from Brentwood Library.

And frankly?

Well, frankly, I’m going to get damp in the process … 


With that said … ?   Let‘s get a move on.

Last week’s Weekly Teaser saw regular commenter, Olga*, putting in her answers: scoring 9 — sort of — out of ten.

Let’s post up this week’s musical questions, shall we?

Here they are, covered by the usual Creative Commons License† …
Q1) 4th November say the first performance of Symphony № 36: by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.   In which year of the 1780s?
Q2) The Symphony was performed in which Austrian town: Vienna, Linz or Salzburg?
Q3) The symphony is in which key: C major, A minor or G flat major?
Q4) The piece’s composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, wrote how many symphonies: 39, 40 or 41?
Q5) At the time he wrote this piece, Mozart accessed pieces by two well known composers.   One was Johann Sebastian Bach.   Who was the other: Handel, Haydn or Beethoven?
Q6) He also got to know which composer: Handel, Haydn or Beethoven?
Q7) During this period, Wolfgang spent most of his time in which Austrian city: Vienna, Graz or Linz?
Q8) The first movement of Symphony № 36 is in the tempo called Adagio.   In other words, it’s played how: slowly, at walking speed or rapidly?
Q9) The instruments for Symphony № 36 include at least one timpani.   The timpani is also known as a what drum?
Q10) Finally … the last movement of Symphony № 36 is in which time signature: 2/4, ¾ or 4/4?
Here’s last week’s questions and answers …
Q1) Britain launched the British built Prospero satellite on the 28th of October: of which year of the 1970s?
Q2) The satellite was the only satellite to be launched on a British built rocket.   The rocket was called the Black what: Adder, Knight or Arrow?
Q3) The fuel used to launch the rocket was a mixture of hydrogen peroxide.   With what: paraffin, diesel or gasoline?
Q4) The satellite — and the rocket — were launched from Launch Area 5B: in Woomera.   Woomera is in which country?
Q5) Prospero was built by the Royal Aircraft Establishment.   The Royal Aircraft Establishment is in which aeronautical area?
Q6) It’s named after a character in a play by William Shakespeare.   Which play?
Q7) The satellite is in a low Earth orbit.   This means it’s at least how high up: 160 kilometres, 200 km or 240 km?
Q8) Roughly how long does Prospero take to complete one orbit: 102, 103 or 104 minutes?
Q9) Prospero was officially turned off in which year of the 1990s?
Q10) Finally … Prospero’s signal was last publicly heard on the TV show, Coast: in which year?
A1) 1971.
A2) The Black Arrow.
A3) Paraffin.
A4) Australia.
A5) Farnborough.   (It’s a borough of Rushmoor, in Hampshire.   If you want to be exact.)
A6) The Tempest.   (The character is the rightful Duke of Milan, and a wizard.)
A7) 160 kilometres.
A8) 103 minutes.
A9) 1996.
A10) 2004.   (The clip is immediately below this question‡.)

Enjoy those.

*        I tend to round down, Olga: if that’s any help … ?

†        In other words, you’re free to copy, use, alter and build on each of my quizzes: including the Teasers, Gazette Teasers and the Friday Question Sets.   All I ask in return is that you give me an original authors credit on your event’s flyers or posters, or on the night: and, if you republish them, give me an original authors credit AND republish under the same license.   A link back to the site — and to the Gazette’s, if that’s where you’ve found these — would be appreciated: as would pressing my donate button, here.   Every penny is gratefully received.

‡        I don’t know about you, but shortsightedness — in governments — is mildly irritating.   At the least.   But the British Government’s cancelling of the Black Arrow/Propero project?   Is one of the few things that gets me seriously, throwing things against the wall, angry.   In my lifetime, man has visited the moon.   The USA, Russia and China, have launched people into space.   India — India! — has launched a mission to Mars.   We cancelled Black Arrow.   Slap a politician, would you … ?

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