Classical Music - A Selection of Unfocused Questions by mjf132

Champion(s):

drakethatsme


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bttrcup18

Ammcello
Shoot to kill


Quiz Description

12 questions about classical composers, works and general knowledge. Definitely one of the toughest categories for most people on LL. I'm a total classical music geek, and I only get about two-thirds of the questions right. Thanks for checking out this quiz. Hope you enjoy playing.

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Questions:

A string quartet consists of two violins, a cello and what other instrument?

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Viola

Originally born a Jew, this composer converted to catholicism primarily to win the job of leading the Vienna Court Opera.

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Gustav Mahler

This intrepid composer, known for his innovations in atonal music, also created a symphonic version of Brahms' Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25

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Arnold Schoenberg

In the first movement of Beethoven's 5th Symphony, what instrument interrupts the recapitulation with a famous, unaccompanied solo?

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Oboe

The Slavonic Dances of Antonin Dvorak were inspired by the success of another composer's series of nationally-themed dances. Name the composer and the name of the series.

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Brahms; Hungarian Dances

Among Schubert's most celebrated contributions to the German lieder tradition are two famous song cycles based on poems by Wilhelm Muller: Die Schone Mullerin and what chilly follow up?

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Die Wintereisse

Pianists have long debated which solo piano work is truly the most difficult: some say Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit; others say Stravinsky's Three Movements from Petrushka; another very common choice would be this "oriental" 1869 composition by Mily Balakirev.

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Islamey

A traditional piano or violin concerto includes an extended, unaccompanied solo passage designed to give the soloist a chance to showcase virtuosity and invention. What is this portion of the concerto called?

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Cadenza

While many opera lovers focus on Wagner's Ring Cycle or Tristan und Isolde, his greatest opera may in fact be this 1868 comedy (his only comedy) in which an out-of-town knight competes for his lover's hand in marriage in a song competition.

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Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg

While the symphonies of Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Mahler dominate today's concert halls, the genre-defining compositions of this 'Father of the Symphony' are heard somewhat less frequently.

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Franz Joseph Haydn

The three string quartets that comprise Beethoven's Opus 59 are famously dedicated to this Russian Count.

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Razumovsky

Three of Mozart's most influential operas - The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and Cosi fan tutte - were created in collaboration with what librettist, who interestingly was born in Italy and died in New York City in 1838?

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Lorenzo Da Ponte