Composers

Adams: Look, Listen & Answer

Instructions

Read each question below, then play the music and choose your answer – click or tap on the answer to see if you are right!

Question 1

This piece is based on a poem by the American poet Walt Whitman. What profession do you think he is singing about?

  1. a. A soldier
  2. b. A nurse
  3. c. A pilot

Question 2

How many pianos was this piece written for?

  1. a. One
  2. b. Three
  3. c. Two

Question 3

This music was written for only one section of the orchestra. Which section is it?

  1. a. The woodwind section
  2. b. The string section
  3. c. The brass section

Question 4

Who was Nixon?

  1. a. President of the USA
  2. b. A Hollywood actor
  3. c. A world-class opera singer

Question 5

What is the term for when a musician plays without music, making up the notes on the spot?

  1. a. Inclination
  2. b. Intonation
  3. c. Improvisation

MEDIA CREDITS

All media credits – titles, composers, artists, sources etc. – may be found in the Teacher Sheet, accessed from the Info box at the top of this page.