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Friday, December 26, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Unusual Musical Instruments. Answers here.

1. What is the name for pairs of wooden discs worn on the thumbs and clicked together rhythmically to accompany dancing, especially in Spain?
2. Larry Adler's virtuosity inspired Vaughan Williams, Darius Milhaud and Malcolm Arnold to write serious music for which instrument?
3. Which musical wind instrument, made from a hollow eucalyptus branch and blown to produce booming notes, was first developed and played by Australian Aborigines?
4. Is the ukulele a stringed, percussion or brass instrument?
5. Which novelty musical instrument, popularised by Rolf Harris, consists of a sheet of masonite (hardboard or fibreboard) shaken to create a low-pitched rhythmic oscillation?
6. What is a sousaphone?
7. What is the name for a board, originally used for scrubbing clothes, which is played as a rhythm instrument in skiffle, Country and Western music, etc.?
8. Which instrument was used by Anton Karas to play the musical score for the 1949 film "The Third Man"?
9. Which electronic instrument, invented in Russia in 1919 by Leon Termen, was used in the score for Hitchock's film "Spellbound" and in the Beach Boys' 1966 hit "Good Vibrations"?
10. Is the dulcimer played with the fingers, the breath, or struck with small mallets?

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