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ENGLI SH TEST
Time allowed: 60 minutes
For questions 1-7, you must choose which of the paragraphs A-H on page 2, fit into the gaps in the
following newspaper article. There is one extra paragraph which does not fit in any of the
gaps. Indicate your answers on the separate answer sheet.
Be e t h o v e n ’s Pi a n o
In 1817 the English piano maker Thomas Broadwood met Beethoven in Vienna and promised him
the gift of a piano.
Beethoven kept it until his death in 1827, reputedly using it to write, among other things, the
Hammerklavier sonata. Then it passed to Liszt, who left it to the Hungarian National Museum in
Budapest. There it remained, a national treasure, seen but barely heard, until it began a journey
almost as momentous as the one all those years ago, back through Europe to Britain.
Why is this piano so important? Well, it is an icon. It featured prominently in Beethoven’s later
years and the very abuse to which he subjected it, hammering at the notes to try to hear them,
records the terrible pathos of Beethoven’s deafness.
But bringing this Broadwood back to life is also a landmark in the modern history of performance,
recognising that old instruments offer unique insights into old music- and none more than pianos in
the time of Beethoven, when their technology was young and fast-developing and composers
responded immediately to the latest thing on the market. The novelty of the Broadwood was a
heavier action, which meant that whatever his hearing impairment, Beethoven could feel he was
making more sound than a Viennese piano could deliver.
English test – C 2