As many people will know the viola players in the symphony orchestra are the butt of jokes for many of the other instrumentalists. So when I came across the following I thought I would share it with interested readers.

And here’s a sort of odd quiz for prospective violists: YOU TOO CAN BE A VIOLA PLAYER WITH THE BBC SYMPATHY ORCHESTRA


Look what we have found. While sifting through the BBC’s dustbins the other day we came across this. The pass mark is 10% but be careful, over 45% and you are overqualified. The marks for each question are shown on the right.


  1. Who wrote the following:-
    • a) Beethoven’s 6th Symphony
    • b) Faure Requiem
    • c) Wagner’s Ring Cycle [15]
  2. Tchaikovsky wrote 6 symphonies including Symphony no. 4. Name the other five. [5]
  3. Explain ‘Counterpoint’ or write your name on the reverse of the paper. [10]
  4. Which of the following would *you* tuck under you chin?
    • a) a timpani
    • b)an organ
    • c)a cello
    • d)a viola [1]
  5. Can you explain `Sonata Form’? Answer yes or no. [5]
  6. Which of the following literary works was made the subject of a Verdi opera?
    • a) First among Equals — Jeffrey Archer
    • b) Macbeth — William Shakespeare
    • c) Noddy and Big Ears — Enid Blyton [5]
  7. Domenico Scarlatti wrote 555 harpsichord sonatas for which instrument? [5]
  8. Arrange the following movements in order of speed, starting with the slowest first.
    • a) Quickly
    • b) Slowly
    • c) Very Quickly
    • d) At a Moderate Pace. [4]
  9. Where would you normally expect to find the conductor during a performance? [5]
  10. Which of the following wrote incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream?
    • a) Des O’Connor
    • b) Mickey Mouse
    • c) Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
    • d) Terry Wogan [5]
  11. Which of the following is the odd one out?
    • a) Sir Colin Davis
    • b) Andrew Davis
    • c) Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
    • d) Desmond Lynham [5]
  12. Arrange the following words into a well known Puccini opera.
    • Boheme, La [5]
  13. Within five minutes, how long is Chopin’s Minute Waltz? [5]
  14. From which of the following countries did Richard Strauss come?
    • a) Venezuela
    • b) Sri Lanka
    • c) Germany
    • d) Japan [5]
  15. For what town were Haydn’s ‘Paris’ symphonies written? [5]
  16. Which is the odd one out?
    • a) Fantasy Overture ‘Romeo and Juliet’ — Tchaikovsky
    • b) ‘Romeo and Juliet’ — Berlioz
    • c) ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Ballet — Prokofiev
    • d) ‘Ten Green Bottles’ — anon. [5]

    LI>From which song do the following lines come?

    • ‘God save our gracious Queen, Long live our Noble Queen.’ [5]
  17. Spell the following musical terms: allegro, rallentando, crotchet, pizzicato, intermezzo [5]
  18. Tosca is a character found in which Puccini opera? [5]
  19. Arrange the following letters to form the name of a well known British broadcasting corporation: C, B, B. [5]
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3 Responses to YOU TOO CAN BE A VIOLA PLAYER………..Entrance Test

  1. Are you sure it’s not a test for would be drummers?


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