Poetry in Music Trivia

  1. Emily Dickinson and _________ are considered by many to be America’s two greatest 19th C. poets.
  • Walt Whitman
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Sylvia Plath

2. Which instrument did Dickinson play?

  • Flute
  • Piano
  • Viola
  • Violin

3. Which performers and poets featured today are siblings?

  • Pianist Sophia
  • Trumpet Player Chris
  • Vocalist Kerry
  • Poet Katherine

4. Which of these first lines were NOT written by Emily Dickinson?

  • “A narrow Fellow in the Grass”
  • “Whose woods these are I think I know”
  • “Success is counted sweetest”
  • “This is my letter to the World / That never wrote to Me”

5. Which of today’s featured composers initiated Women in the Arts-St. Louis, a celebration of the achievements of women creators?

  • Carson Cooman
  • Barbara Harbach
  • Lori Laitman
  • Eric Ewazen

6. Who is the youngest living composer represented on today’s concert?

  • Carson Cooman
  • Barbara Harbach
  • Lori Laitman
  • Eric Ewazen

***Carson is not only a composer of hundreds of pieces, he is also a concert organist.

7. Which of the composers on today’s program was a student of composer, Milton Babbitt?

  • Eric Ewazen
  • Lori Laitman
  • Carson Cooman
  • Barbara Harbach

8. Which of the composers on today’s program were among Grammy nominated artists for the album “American Composers at Play”?

  • Eric Ewazen
  • Lori Laitman
  • Carson Cooman
  • Barbara Harbach

9. A popular one-woman play was written about Emily Dickinson. The title of that play refers to her as the Belle of what city?

  • Washington
  • New York
  • Amherst
  • Boston

10. Who played Emily Dickinson in the original production of that play?

  • Julie Andrews
  • Julie Harris
  • Ethel Merman
  • Meryl Streep

11. Approximately how many poems did Emily Dickinson write?

  • 1273
  • 812
  • 1800

12. Which color is Emily Dickinson famous for wearing?

  • Violet
  • White
  • Rose

13. How many poems of Dickinson’s were published in her lifetime?

  • 113
  • 10
  • 488

14. Dickinson’s poetry used which of these:

  • Dashes
  • Capitalizations
  • Metaphor
  • Meter

15. Dickinson was a well-known poet in her lifetime:

  • Yes, very
  • A little bit
  • Not at all

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