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Can you name the instruments usually found in Baroque orchestras?
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Instruments of Baroque Orchestras Quiz
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Feb 9th, 2012 at 01:52 GMT
@TristanM: Hi, I'm the new curator for "Classical" music; let me know if you want this game highlighted there, it's a fun game but needs just a tad of adjusting... Thanks.
Feb 9th, 2012 at 20:55 GMT
@needapausebutton Hello :-) sure if you want to feel free :-) let me guess, the timer's too long? That usually happens with me :-P
Feb 9th, 2012 at 22:06 GMT
@TristanM: Glad you responded... My thoughts:
1) Add the "Classical" tag or I can't highlite the game!
2)Do more "research" to ensure you include instruments (from SEVERAL reliable sources) that you may not have listed yet... If there seems to be a "consensus", add them; otherwise you can include any that are more "obscure" as bonus answers. (For example, I went to a few sites, and came across Organ, and Recorder. Who knows precisely which were "always" used or "sometimes" used in Baroque Orchestras - it's a judgement call, but if you find numerous sources agreeing, that will steer you - as to whether to add them to a Section, or put an "explanatory note" with any you use as bonuses)
3) Make sure you add as many possible "alternative" instrument names or spellings as you can. You already have some good ones! Others that aren't in yet: Tympani (with a "y"), Virginal, Clavicembalo, Klavier, Clavier (alt. for harpsichord), and Violincello (alt. for cello).
4) Perhaps 4:00, but I'm always in favor of "giving players time to think"
In summary, your game is good; these are just ideas that MAY be suitable. But let your own research lead you, however you adjust it.
Feb 10th, 2012 at 19:23 GMT
@needapausebutton: Ok thanks, I'll have a look at these points :-) Shall I put some less common ones as bonus answers?
Feb 11th, 2012 at 00:53 GMT
@TristanM: To clarify, you might actually include TWO types of "bonus" notations/answers.
1) Those items which you add as "alternative answers" should still trigger the primary correct answer: Harpsichord/virginal/clavier/klavier/clavicembalo
Then, you can add "bonus notations" in that column such as: Clavier - accepted as "harpsichord"/clavier
(That way, if a player then types in "virginal", a similar notation would pop up.
2) Also, you can add "bonus answers" for instruments that do NOT trigger a correct answer -- I recommend you add a brief explanation for each that you list. For example: Clavichord served primarily as a practice instrument/clavichord
(Or "______ was commonly utilized in private performances", or "______ was popularly used only in China"... I think you get the idea).
Feb 11th, 2012 at 01:04 GMT
(You can also include bonus instruments that players might type in, which did not "appear" until the Classical era, or which disappeared BEFORE the Baroque era) By the way, if you agree, I'll ask the Sporcle administrators to delete all of these comments before I apply the Curator Pick to the game!
Feb 15th, 2012 at 06:59 GMT
Ok, I'll just add these, bear with...
Feb 15th, 2012 at 16:54 GMT
@TristanM: It's taking shape nicely, thanks for putting in the work. Once it is "finished", players may make further comments, so when they do, I recommend adjusting the game as it gets played more (when comments prove accurate with your research).
Please let me know when you are done with the additions.... ALSO, can you confirm if it is ok for me to ask administration to delete our back-and-forth comments? I don't want players to have to wade through this.
Feb 16th, 2012 at 15:59 GMT
@needapausebutton: No problem! :-) Yes, I'll keep an eye on them (I already have notifications to my email inbox set up). I might just add a few more "wrong" answers - I've already got clarinet, saxophone and crumhorn. After that I'll have finished I think. Yes, that'll be fine once I've finished editing it.
Feb 17th, 2012 at 02:38 GMT
@TristanM: Just post here to let me know when you are done, including the note, "OK to delete all of my comments up until now" so Sporcle admin. knows you've given your permission
P.S., don't forget to include Piano a bonus and explain why it wasn't common in baroque orchestras... I'm sure a lot of players may try that.
Sep 15th, 2012 at 13:57 GMT
@needapausebutton: Oops, I completely forgot about this... Do you think it's okay for your Curator Pick now?
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