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Vaughans Vocabulary Melodious words to remember a recent concert by the Golden Triangle Brass Quintet

October 5, 2010

I recently attended a concert of the Golden Triangle Brass Quintet from the Department of Music at Mississippi State University.
The GTBQ performed a melange of music: a selection by the American composer John Cheetham, Gospel songs such as “He Leadeth Me,” some selections by the Beatles, “Beale St. Blues” by W.C. Handy (1873-1958), “Four Sketches” by quintet member Dr. Richard Human, and more.
When I told Dr. Michael Brown, the head of MSU’s Music Department and quintet member, how much I enjoyed the concert, he told me that he enjoyed Vaughan’s Vocabulary.
I thought it would be good to feature music questions in this week’s quiz.

1. Which one of the following is a Beatles song?
A. Abide With Me
B. I Feel Pretty
C. When I’m Sixty-Four
D. Maria
E. Heavenly Sunlight

2. contrapuntal (kan-truh-PUN-tull)
A. of, relating to, or marked by counterpoint
B. the practice of mixing selections of various genres
C. a style of music against the status quo
D. composed of two or more relatively independent melodies sounded together

See how you are doing so far. Abide with Me and Heavenly Sunlight are Gospel songs (they were performed by the quintet). I Feel Pretty and Maria are from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, also performed by the GTBQ. No. 1 is C. A and D are both correct for contrapuntal.

3. fugue (fyoog)
A. a movement or passage or light, playful character
B. One or two themes are repeated or imitated by successively entering voices and contrapuntally developed in a continuous interweaving of the voice parts
C. a philippic composition
D. a circular valved brass instrument that produces a musical range from B below the bass staff upward for more than three octaves

No. 3, fugue, is B.

4. repertoire (REP-uh-twahr)
A. favorite selections
B. the list of dramas, operas, parts, pieces, etc., that a company, actor, singer, or the like is prepared to perform
C. a category of artistic, musical or literary composition characterized by a particular style, form or content
D. None of the above

Last week’s mystery word’s first three letters are the same as the middle name of a poet from Rye, New York. The meaning is a group of eight. The poet is Ogden Nash; the word is ogdoad (OG-doh-ad).
The birthday of the Italian composer Paul Creston (1906-1985) is October 10. This week’s mystery word is one that described him not long after he began taking music lessons.

Contact Don Vaughan at dvaughan@eastms.edu

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