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Something to test your wits!


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Gauk
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« on: July 08, 2013, 11:08:34 am »

Many years ago, there was a one-off music quiz on Radio Three, of which one of the questions was particularly interesting. It was as follows:

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In the following musical extract, name the three instruments in the order in which they appear.


I was able to give the correct answer at once, before the musical extract was played, so you should also be able to answer it without hearing the extract. You have all the information you need. What's the answer?
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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2013, 01:40:24 pm »

Dear me, no-one has even attempted an answer! If I tell you that the only possible answer is cello, violin, piano, can you identify the piece? Clue: read the quesion very carefully.
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« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2013, 05:47:40 pm »

I'm afraid there's little left of my musical wits at the moment Sad

So it's presumably a Piano Trio?  Unless it's the Beethoven Triple Concerto? Wink
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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2013, 02:20:39 am »

I was thinking the Beethoven Triple Concerto
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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2013, 08:24:21 am »

The only "gotcha" answer I can think of off the top of my head is Shostakovich's Trio no. 2 but that's almost certainly not it since it doesn't have anything to do with the wording of the question....
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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2013, 09:18:42 am »

Ah, but it has! The giveaway is "in the order in which they appear" - why is the question not just "name the three instruments"? The wording only makes sense if the instruments are obvious but the order is not. So Shostakovich it is.
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« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2013, 11:42:49 am »

Ah. I think my overly literal brain was expecting the answer to be some piece actually called "The Following Musical Extract" or something. >.<
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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2013, 08:40:42 am »

This was a radio quiz ... the setter expected a sensible answer after the extract was played.
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