The Flute Quiz

Greetings and welcome to a new Flute Friday/Saturday.


One of my favorite things to do in my free time is attend a local pub quiz with my husband held in one of the restaurants in downtown Davis. A few weeks ago, I began to think about how fun it would be to design a similar quiz specifically for flutists, covering topics from flute literature, Alexander Technique, and flute history. Today’s post is my version of a pub quiz for the flute! This is a great exercise to give to your students in preparation for a studio masterclass or a fun, Friday scavenger hunt activity. You could also use it simply to test your own knowledge of flute related topics. I will post the answer key for this quiz next week. Until then, happy quizzing and I hope you and your students find this quiz entertaining and educational.

Who’s ready for The Flute Quiz?

The Flute Quiz

1.       How many flute sonatas did J.S. Bach Compose?

a.       5

b.       6

c.       7

d.       8


2.       Who was the “father of the French Flute School.”

a.       Jean Pierre Rampal

b.       Phillip Gaubert

c.       Theobald Boehm

d.       Paul Taffanel


3.       What is a Shakuhachi?

a.       An Irish, keyless flute

b.       A traditional Native American flute

c.       A Japanese end-blown flute

d.       A large pan flute


4.       Prokofiev’s famous Sonata was originally written for which instrument?

a.       Piano

b.       Violin

c.       Cello

d.       Flute


5.       According to the Alexander Technique, what does the term “Primary Control” mean?

a.       How we balance our feet properly to support our posture.

b.       How we allocate our air properly within a phrase.

c.       The relationship between our arms/shoulders/head and general coordination.

d.       The relationship between our Head/Neck/Back and the body mechanism.


6.       Who premiered the 1919 performance of Griffes’ Poem for Flute and Orchestra?

a.       Georges Barrere

b.       Phillip Gaubert

c.       William Kincaid

d.       Marcel Moyse


7.       Who is pictured below?



8.       Which of the below listed pieces are NOT considered part of the French Flute School repertoire?

a.       Doppler’s Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise

b.       Chaminade’s Concertino

c.       Faure’s Fantasie for Flute and Piano

d.       Hue Fantasie


9.       Who was Charles Nicholson?

a.       A conductor at the Paris Opera

b.       A famous English flutist and composer

c.       A famous German flutist and conductor

d.       An American Jazz flutist and recording artist


10.   Schubert’s Introduction and Variations (D. 802, Opus 160) is based on a poem titled, “Trockne Blumen.” Who was the author of this poem?

a.       Friedrich Schiller

b.       Hermann Hesse

c.       Heinrich von Kleist

d.       Wilhelm Muller


11.   Who was Pan?

a.       The god of shepherds, flocks, and rustic music.

b.       The god of reeds, streams, and rivers.

c.       The god of fields, groves, and wooded glens.

d.       A and B

e.       B and C

f.        A and C


12.   Reinecke’s Sonata Undine is based on the story of what type of mythical creatures?

a.       Seahorses

b.       Mermaids

c.       Angels

d.       Dragons


13.   During the Pantomime section of the ballet, which love story do Daphnis and Chloe mime?

a.       Romeo and Juliette

b.       Tristan and Isolde

c.       Pan and Syrinx

d.       Orpheus and Eurydice


14.   Chant de Linos is based on the story of the mythological musician, Linus. To which Greek hero or heroes did Linus allegedly teach music?

a.       Hercules

b.       Hector

c.       Jason

d.       Orpheus

e.       A and C

f.        A and D

g.       B and D


15.   Which notes are included in the harmonic series of a low C natural?

a.       C, C, C, E, G, C

b.       C, G, C, G, C, G, C

c.       C, C, G, C, E, G, Bb

d.       C, C, G, C, G, Bb


16.   How many Divertissements did Kuhlau include in his Opus 68?

a.       5

b.       6

c.       9

d.       12


17.   According to legend, what was Cecil Chaminade’s inspiration behind the Concertino in D Major, Op. 107.

a.       To compose a piece so difficult that her flute playing ex-lover could not play it.

b.       To celebrate her marriage to a renowned music publisher.

c.       To honor her friend, flutist Marguerite de Forest Anderson, who premiered the work in London in 1910.

d.       To illustrate the love story of Pelleas and Melisande.


18.   For which other instrument has Kent Kennan’s Night Soliloquy been famously scored.

a.       Clarinet

b.       Violin

c.       Bassoon

d.       Saxophone


19.   In which keys are Mozart’s two flute concerti written?

a.       C and G

b.       F and G

c.       G and D

d.       D and F


20.   Who is the composer shown in the below photo?

composer 2


21.   What does the “21.5” represent in Edgard Varese’s Density 21.5?

a.       The measurement of the conical bore of the flute at it’s largest point.

b.       The density of platinum.

c.       The density of gold.

d.       The weight of a typical solid silver flute.


22.   Each movement in Albert Roussel’s Joueurs de Flute pour Flute et Piano represents a different famous French flutist. Which flutist is represented in the Krishna movement?

a.       Phillippe Gaubert

b.       Louis Fleury

c.       Paul Taffanel

d.       Marcel Moyse


23.   Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata was originally composed for the Arpeggione. Which instrument is closely related to an Arpeggione?

a.       Cello

b.       Violin

c.       Viola

d.       Piano


24.   Elliot Carter’s Scrivo in Vento for Flute Alone is based on a poem by which poet?

a.       Dante Alighieri

b.       Giovanni Boccaccio

c.       Petrarch

d.       Christine de Pizan


25.   How many fantasies are included in Telemann’s Solo Flute Fantasie’s, Volume VIII?

a.       10

b.       12

c.       15

d.       20


26.   Which barnyard animal is the inspiration behind Arthur Honegger’s Danse de la Chevre?

a.       Goat

b.       Sheep

c.       Pig

d.       Cow


27.   Who published the holy grail of all fingering charts, “A Modern Guide to Fingerings for the Flute”?

a.       Jean Pierre Rampal

b.       James Galway

c.       Jame Pellerite

d.       George Barrere


28.   Who is the flutist pictured in the below photo?

flutist 1


29.   What is body mapping?

a.       A form of yoga used to correct improper breathing habits.

b.       A system of tapping sequences on pressure points used to reduce tensions within the body.

c.       A seated postural retraining of the back to improve flexibility.

d.       A correcting and refining of the body to produce efficient, graceful, and coordinated movement.


30.   Who is currently serving as the Principal Flute of the New York Philharmonic (as of September 2017)

a.       Mark Sparks

b.       Robert Langevin

c.       Jeanne Baxtresser

d.       Kathleen Boyd


Happy fluting (and happy quizzing)!


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