Test your knowledge in our new Specialist Quiz.

This weeks questions are written by Centre for Young Musicians about Petrushka.

Bring your knowledge and see how you score! Then challenge your friends! Answers at the bottom of this page.

1 What was Stravinsky’s first collaboration with the Ballets Russes

A – The Rite of Spring

B – Firebird

C – Les Noces

D – Petrushka

2 What is the Petrushka chord?

A – Two major triads on C and F sharp, super-imposed

B – An augmented triad on E with an added A

C – Two major triads on D flat and F, super-imposed.

3 Who was the choreographer of Petrushka

A – Nijinsky

B – Fokine

C – Bakst

D – Diaghilev

4 What was Benois’s role in Petrushka

A – Dancer

B – Designer

C – Librettist

D – Designer and Librettist

5 Which came first in each of these works

Firebird

A – music
B – choreography

Petrouchka

A – music 

B – choreography

6 When Stravinsky conceived the idea for a ballet based on Petrushka, what was he supposed to be doing for the Ballets Russes?

A – revising Les Noces

B – composing Rite of Spring

C – agreeing a new project with Nijinsky

7 Diaghilev was the impresario who founded the Ballets Russes. How was Nijinsky connected to him?

A – Dancer

B – Choreographer

C – Lover

D – All above

8 Why is the original production of Petrushka no longer performed?

A – The choreography no longer exists

B – The staging and design is racist

C – The original production has copyright restrictions

D – It’s no longer fashionable

9 Why did Stravinsky revise Petrushka in 1947

A- He wanted to improve it

B – To reduce the vast orchestration and make it easier to perform

C – To earn more money from it

10 What does Petrushka mean?

A – Little Peter

B – Parsley

C – Both above

Answers;

  1. B
  2. A
  3. B
  4. D
  5. Firebird B, Petrouchka A
  6. B
  7. D
  8. B
  9. C
  10. C