Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Before I Go

Off to Manc, once again; let us not speak in torrid and pained terms of my last quiz-related visit, but here's a predictably listy, arts-driven quiz. Only three questions divided into five parts, so hey! That's 15 questions, so it is Fifteen Everyday for today. I was going to do five questions with five parts, but the time ran out on me so swiftly. It's a difficult business finding non-chestnut works hardly anyone has heard of. Ergo, they are based on movements and schools. Identify the artist or composer or architect from the following works and biographical details:

1. Identify the artist associated with the art group known as the 'Fauves' from their works:
i) The Turning Road, L'Estaque (1906); Charing Cross, London (1906); Houses of Parliament at Night (1906); designer of the 1919 ballet La Boutique Fantastique for the Ballet Russes
ii) Swiss painter who died of TB in 1938: eight large murals for the foyer of the Theatre of Lausanne; inventor of the mixed-media works known as "Wool Paintings" - 50 produced between 1913 and 1922
iii) Posters at Trouville (1906); The Quay at Rouen Soleil (1912), Levant sur le Port d'Algers (1945)
iv) The Dessert: Harmony in Red (1908); Still Life with Geraniums (1912); The 'Back Series' of bronze works (1908-c.1931); Jazz, the 1947 book of 100 prints based on his paper cutouts; Beasts of the Sea (1950)
v) Dutch painter: Modjesko, Soprano Singer (1908); In the Plaza, or Women at the Balustrade (1911); 1958 portrait of Brigitte Bardot.

2. Identify the artists, composers, architects associated with Minimalism:
i) Portuguese architect and teacher at the Escola do Porto, whose work has been described as reductive "poetic modernim": Boa Nova restaurant in Matosinhos (1958-63); Leça da Palmeira swimming-pool in 1966; Southern Municipal District Center, Rosario, Argentina (2002 - his first work in South America); Iberê Camargo Foundation, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2008)
ii) US artist known for his "stripe" paintings: Harran II (1967); the set and costumes for Scramble, a dance piece by Merce Cunningham also in 1967; Tuftonboro (1974); an aluminum bandshell, inspired by a folding hat from Brazil, built in downtown Miami in 2001
iii) US composer and former cab driver, who said of the term 'Minimalism', "That word should be stamped out!",: the four-hour-long Music in Twelve Parts (1971–1974); colloboration with novelist Doris Lessing on the opera The Making Of The Representative For Planet 8 (1985-86); Symphony No.6 "Plutonian Ode" (2001); Symphony No.7 "Toltec" (2004), and Songs of Milarepa (1997); cantata The Passion of Ramakrishna (2006)
iv) American artist (d. 2007): over 1200 Wall Drawings; structures include four Incomplete Open Cubes from the 1970s, Hexagon, Form Derived from a Cube, Structure with Three Towers, Maquettes for Concrete Block Structures from the late 1990s; Black Form Dedicated to the Missing Jews, Altona Rathaus, Hamburg (1987)
v) Spanish architect born in Valladolid in 1946: the Technology Center at Inca, Spain (1999); the Caja General de Ahorros at Granada (1999); the Gaspar House at Cádiz (1991); the Turégano House at Madrid (1988); the School in Madride San-Fermín at Madrid (1985); the Olnick Spanu House in Garrison, New York - his first American commission

3. Identify the members of The Five or The Mighty Handful from their works:
i) The Vilnius-born composer of the operas, The Mandarin's Son (premiered in 1878); the one-act Mademoiselle Fifi (1903), based on Guy de Maupassant; Little Red Riding Hood (1911), Puss in Boots (1915)
ii) Fantasy on Serbian Themes (1st version 1867, 2nd version 1886-1887), also called Serbian Fantasy; the 1880 opera May Night, based on Gogol; the Russian Easter Festival Overture, premiered in 1888
iii) King Lear /Korol' Lir, incidental music Shakespeare's play (1858-1861, revised 1902-1905); Islamey, Oriental fantasy for piano, Op. 18 (1869, revised 1902); Cantata on the Inauguration of the Glinka Memorial (dedicated to Mikhail Glinka)(1902-1904)
iv) Piano piece Hélène-Polka (1843); Serenata alla spagnola for String Quartet (1886); opera Bogatyri (1878); Symphony No. 3 in A minor (first two movements only, completed and orchestrated by Alexander Glazunov)
v) The unfinished opera Khovanshchina (sometimes rendered The Khovansky Affair and subtitled a 'national music drama') in five acts, written between 1872 and 1880; three song cycles: The Nursery (1872), Sunless (1874) and Songs and Dances of Death (1877); the choral work based on Byron, The Destruction of Sennacherib (original version 1866-67, revised 1874)



Answers to Superannuated FE:VI
1 i) Andre Derain ii) Alice Bailly iii) Albert Marquet iv) Henri Matisse v) Kees van Dongen 2 i) Álvaro Siza or Álvaro Joaquim de Melo Siza Vieira ii) Frank Stella iii) Philip Glass iv) Sol LeWitt v) Alberto Campo Baeza 3 i) Cesar Cui ii) Nikola Rimsky-Korsakov iii) Milay Balakirev iv) Alexander Borodin v) Modest Mussorgsky


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