Cosmic Cycles Trivia

  1. What was the first ever song that was performed in space?
  • Ukrainian song “Watching the sky…”
  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
  • Planets by Gustav Holst
  • Beethoven’s 9th symphony

*This son was sung on 12 August 1962 by Pavlo Popovych, cosmonaut from Ukraine.

 2. Which of the following composers have NOT written music inspired by the space?

  • Henry Dehlinger
  • Gustav Holst
  • F. J. Haydn
  • J. Brahms

* These are some of the other composers who were enchanted by Space: Terri Riley, Edgar Varèse, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Henryk Gorecki, Philip Glass, John Cage, George Crumb.

 3. What was the name of the musical collection that was sent to space on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977 that featured musical selections from different cultures and eras?

  • Earthly Symphonies
  • The Golden Record
  • Sounds of Earth
  • Space Sounds

4. Which of the following pieces was NOT included on the Voyager Golden Record?

  • Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F. First Movement
  • Mozart, The Magic Flute, Queen of the Night aria, no. 14.
  • Azerbaijan S.S.R., bagpipes, recorded by Radio Moscow
  • The Planets, Orchestral suite by Gustav Holst

* The Voyager Golden Record contains 116 images and a variety of sounds, including natural sounds (including some made by animals), musical selections from different cultures and eras, spoken greetings in 59 languages, human sounds like footsteps and laughter, and printed messages from President Jimmy Carter and U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim.

 5. How many sections/movements does tonight’s piece Cosmic Cycles include?

  • 7
  • 4
  • 10
  • 9

* The movements include: The Sun, Earth, Our Home, Earth as Art, The Moon, Planetary Fantasia, The Travelers, and Echoes of the Big Bang.

 6. Where is the Nation’s largest organization of combined scientists and engineers dedicated and sharing their knowledge of the Earth, Sun, Solar System, and Universe?

  • NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt. MD
  • NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center Edwards, CA
  • NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena, CA
  • NASA’s Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH

*tonight’s piece will be accompanied by HD screening of stunning images captured by the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes and groundbreaking visualizations created by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

7. Which Telescope is NASA’s largest and most powerful space science telescope?

  • The James Webb Space Telescope – also called JWST or Webb
  • Hubble Space Telescope
  • Spitzer Space Telescope
  • Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope

*Tonight’s performances combine composer Henry Dehlinger’s music with an HD screening of stunning images captured by the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes.

8. Cosmic Cycles Composer Henry Dehlinger composed which of these pieces for NASA?

  • Return to the Moon: Artemis Mission
  • Return to the Moon: Fanfare for Artemis
  • Bad Moon Rising
  • To the Moon & Back

* This powerful anthem for brass choir, timpani and percussion heralds NASA’s historic Artemis missions, and is now a part of Cosmic Cycles.

 9. Who is the composer for the music in Star Wars?

  • Alan Silvestri
  • John Williams
  • Hans Zimmer
  • Ennio Morricone

* Star Wars composer John Williams has written soundtracks for over 75 movies. He still holds the record for the highest grossing instrumental-only soundtrack album of all time for 1977’s Star Wars. (the same year the Golden Record went to space!)

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