Hi there,
in order to improve my comprehension skills, I decided to listen to a lot of English spoken stuff. For example, I listened to this TOEFL test, but I had trouble in understanding some statements or words. Here it is the TOEFL listening test and then its transcription I wrote myself:
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I'm attaching the transcription for those who will want to listen to it and give a hand, is there anyone who can help me to fill it or correct it, if there are some mistakes? The parts I missed are highlighted in yellow.

Thanks a lot, bye!!

TOEFL 305

Listen top part of a discussion in a music appreciation class, the professor is discussing Edvard Grieg, Norwegian composer Edward Grieg.

Today I want to talk you about a Norwegian composer, Edward Grieg. He was born in 1843 and at that time Norway was part of Sweden and before that it had been part of Denmark with everything cultural regarding Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. Well, at an early age Grieg was taught piano by his mother and then when he was 15, he went to Germany, to Leipzig to the conservatory, to study music and to become a musician and a composer.

Why did he go to Germany to study? Wasn’t there any place in his country to study?

The German conservatory was well known and well respected. In fact it was one of the best in Europe and people who wanted the best training, needed to go to conservatories like the Leipzig conservatory. And after he completed his study in Leipzig, Grieg returned to Copenhagen to write music. One of his first works was a symphony and it reflected good technical skills, skills that he had probably acquired in Leipzig.

Is this one of his works that became famous?

Well, it is a recognized work. But the symphony really started Grieg in a direction for which he’s known. The style in which he wrote the symphony was very Germanic. But as Grieg growed more he began to develop a sense of wellness about Norway and he realized he wanted to create music that would be recognized as typically Norwegian. Do any of you have any ideas why Grieg could want to deviate from writing German style music, a style that he learnt, to write one in Leipzig?

I read something about his life once and I remember that he lived in Oslo, Norway. Probably, because he was Norwegian, he wanted to try to develop something that would be Norwegian and not Danish, Swedish or German even though Norway was part of Sweden and had been part of Denmark.

You’re right and also Grieg loved to listen to Norwegian folk music. When he was living in Oslo, after he moved from Copenhagen, he did move to Oslo, and there he played music and tour music mainly to earn a living. Most of the composing he wrote had to be made in free time and during Summers, when he was on vacation, or on holiday as the Europeans ...NUMBER 1 (2.25) His greatest materpiece was sketched out one Summer, while he was on vacation. When someone thinks of Norway and his music, this is the piece which is thought of at first. Does anyone know the piece I’m talking about?

I’m not sure, but I think you were talking about his piano concerto in A minor, but I’m not sure why people think of it as Norwegian!

You’re right that it is his piano concerto in A minor and it is considered Norwegian because it has elements of the country folk music and it displays tones and feelings of what Grieg thought about nature and the character of the people. Kind of feelings of patriotism and pride for his country ...NUMBER 2 (3.08) reacted to the natural landscape, nature in general and to the people. Grieg really loved being in nature and he did even go to a little cabin near one of the fiords, where he could go for the solitude and compose his music. That is one example of ...NUMBER 3 (3.22) probably showed his feelings for nature in his music.

Did he ever leave Oslo and quit teaching music?

Yes, when Grieg was about 30 years old, he received what was called an Artist Grant which has paid him every year and with this money he had right full time and didn’t have to teach or conduct any more. So, when he began receiving this grant, he moved back to his home town of Bergen. And there, in Bergen, he spent rest of his life composing, but he also made some concert tours in Europe, after he went back to Bergen. Grieg really wrote many kinds of music during his life. His only large concert works were the symphony and his concerto in A minor, but he wrote sonatas for the violin and piano and songs based on the traditional peasant dances and music. He wrote piece for ...NUMBER 4 (4.15) too and chamber music. His music became very popular. Actually people everywhere and not just in Norway, like his music. His goal was to create which people would identify with Norway. He wanted to give Norwegian a national form of music. Probably he would have been pleased to believe he was Norway’s national composer, but he became famous beyond the borders of Norway. His works were an inspiration for other composers, fastly because he was able to express feelings and emotions in his music.

Well maybe, we could call him a musical patriot!

I think you have a good point. He ... on the country’s folk music for ideas, and he loved the fiords and mountains of Norway and I think his music reflects all of that.

Yes, I think you both understand Grieg’s musical personality and his style of music.

I think he was a type of artist. You know, a painter paints scenery and local events, Grieg just the same thing but with music.

Yeah I think you’re right.

Now, let’s spend the rest of the time we have in listening part of Grieg’s concerto for the piano in A minor.
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Ooops...after posting my topic, it seems that the original formatting has been changed...luckily, the lacking parts of the listening test were pointed out as "...NUMBER #" (there are 4 ones), since I don't manage to modify my initial topic :-o

Hope you will find them easily! Bye!
Hi,

1) score debt (this is what I hear not sure though)

2) and how he

3) why his muse

4) choirs
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Hi Ivanhr,
thank you so much for your help!! Emotion: big smile
Yes, the first one probably is the most difficult to grasp...
I had a really hard time figuring out the first one, because I kept on listening to it out of context, and I'm not used to that set of vowels (Question: if the TOEFL is about American English, why does the speaker have that accent?).
This is what I think he says, which makes sense considering the context.

1) ...when he was on vacation, or on holiday, as the Europeans called it.

2) ...and how he reacted...
3) ...one example of why his muse... (Why does he say "mooz" instead of "myooz"?)

4) He wrote pieces for choirs too...
mmm..."called it"...maybe it's right, but if it is, I can't understand the meaning of the statement: did the Europeans use "on holiday" in place of "on vacation"?!
In any case, thank you for answering me!

P.S.: I have just saw some administrator highlighted the missing parts, thanks! Anyway I found out how to edit my topics! At the very beginning I couldn't find the "edit" button! Emotion: big smile
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Here's what I heard (geez, some test-like listening exercise after a very long time! Emotion: smile)
Would you agree on my editings? Also, I've put two question marks, as I was not sure about those two words. What do you think about them?

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Today I want to talk you about a Norwegian composer, Edward Grieg. He was born in 1843 and at that time Norway was part of Sweden and before that it had been part of Denmark with everything cultural regarding (revolving around?) Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. Well, at an early age Grieg was taught piano by his mother and then when he was 15, he went to Germany, to Leipzig to the conservatory, to study music and to become a musician and a composer.

Why did he go to Germany to study? Wasn't there any place in his country to study?

The German conservatory was well known and well respected. In fact it was one of the best in Europe and people who wanted the best training, needed to go to conservatories like the Leipzig conservatory. And after he completed his study studies in Leipzig, Grieg returned to Copenhagen to write music. One of his first works was a symphony and it reflected good technical skills, skills that he had probably acquired in Leipzig.

Is this one of his works that became famous?

Well, it is a recognized work. But the symphony really started Grieg in a direction for which he's is known. The style in which he wrote the symphony was very Germanic. But as Grieg growed more he began to develop a sense of wellness awareness about Norway and he realized he wanted to create music that would be recognized as typically Norwegian. Do any of you have any ideas why Grieg could would want to deviate from writing a German style music, a style that he learnt, to write one in Leipzig?

I read something about his life once and I remember that he lived in Oslo, Norway. Probably, because he was Norwegian, he wanted to try to develop something that would be Norwegian and not Danish, Swedish or German even though Norway was part of Sweden and had been part of Denmark.

You're right and also Grieg loved to listen to Norwegian folk music. When he was living in Oslo, after he moved from Copenhagen, he did move to Oslo, and there he played music and tour music mainly to earn a living. Most of the composing he wrote did had to be made done in free time and during the summers, when he was on vacation, or on holiday as the Europeans called it. His greatest masterpiece was sketched out one Summer, while he was on vacation. When someone thinks of Norway and his music, this is the piece which is thought of at first. Does anyone know the piece I'm am talking about?

I'm not sure, but I think you were talking about his piano concerto in A minor, but I'm not sure why people think of it as Norwegian!

You're right that it is his piano concerto in A minor and it is considered Norwegian because it has elements of the country's folk music and it displays tones and feelings of what Grieg thought about nature and the character of the people. Kind of feelings of patriotism and pride for his country and how we reacted to the natural landscape, nature in general and to the people. Grieg really loved being in nature and he did even go to a little cabin near one of the fiords, where he could go for the solitude and compose his music. That is one example of why his muse probably showed his feelings for nature in his music.

Did he ever leave Oslo and quit teaching music?
Yes, when Grieg was about 30 years old, he received what was called an Artist Grant which has was paid to him every year and with this money he had right would write full time and he didn't have to teach or conduct any more. So, when he began receiving this grant, he moved back to his home town of Bergen. And there, in Bergen, he spent the rest of his life composing, but he also made some concert tours in Europe, after he went back to Bergen. Grieg really wrote many kinds of music during his life. His only large concert works were the symphony and his concerto in A minor, but he wrote sonatas for the violin and piano and songs based on the traditional peasant dances and music. He wrote piece for choirs too and chamber music. His music became very popular. Actually people everywhere and not just in Norway, like liked his music. His goal was to create music which people would identify with Norway. He wanted to give Norwegian a national form of music. Probably he would have been pleased to believe he was Norway's national composer, but he became famous beyond the borders of Norway. His works were an inspiration for other composers, fastly partly(?) because he was able to express feelings and emotions in his music.

Well maybe, we could call him a musical patriot!

I think you have a good point. He did draw on the country's folk music for ideas, and he loved the fiords and mountains of Norway and I think his music reflects all of that.

Yes, I think you both understand Grieg's musical personality and his style of music.

I think he was a type of artist. You know, a painter paints scenery and local events and paints, Grieg just the same thing but with music.

Yeah I think you're right.

Now, let's spend the rest of the time we have in listening part of Grieg's concerto for the piano in A minor.
KooyeenQuestion: if the TOEFL is about American English, why does the speaker have that accent?
Because it's not about American English! Emotion: smile
It should be about making sure that foreign students who want to attend a university in the USA can cope with lessons, lectures and assignments (and university life in general). They'll end up meeting people from all parts of the world, and maybe also having teachers whose first language is not English, so why not putting weird accents in the test?
Holly, as far as I know "on vacation" seems to be the most common expression in the US, while "on holiday" is mainly used in the UK.
I moved your thread here because this is the right section where you can get help with spoken English. Emotion: smile

Tanit, I see. Yeah, then I guess it's right to listen to some Brits as well. Emotion: smile
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