Classical Music Trivial and Answers

At TriviaQN we have a sweet spot for music in general. Oh, the classical music we have all loved and the styles it has carried through the centuries that still suit our various moods. But, in these centuries and in the workings of the music's masters and apprentices a wealth of trivia can be harvested. We are confident you know a lot of it. But how much of it?

Challenge yourself with a Classical Music Trivial Quiz!

Hard

"Bastien and Bastienne" was an opera written by which famed composer?

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Answer: Mozart
"Bastien and Bastienne" is one of the first operas written by Mozart, which he composed at the youthful age of 12.

VeryHard

Which of Beethoven's works did Austrian renowned composer Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828) request to hear on his deathbed?

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Answer: String Quartet No. 14
Franz Schubert considered Beethoven's String Quartet No. 14 the ultimate composition. As such, shortly before his death he requested his own string quartet play the piece for him.

Hard

Which popular musician's brother served as chief musical director at the Staatstheater Braunschweig in Germany?

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Answer: Billy Joel
Billy Joel's half-brother Alexander Joel, a classical music conductor, served as the chief musical director at the Staatstheater Braunschweig in Germany from 2001 to 2014. It is also noteworthy to mention that Billy himself also trained in classical music. He and his brother apparently got their inclinations from their father Howard, who himself was a classical pianist.

Hard

"Opera buffa" is a genre of opera characterized by what?

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Answer: Comedy
"Opera buffa" translates from Italian - with Italy being the region the genre was born - as "comic opera".

Hard

Antonio Stradivari was a renowned 17th century craftsman of which type of musical instruments?

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Answer: String Instruments
To this day, Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737) is one of the most-respected names in the manufacture of string instruments, especially violins. Many of his violins still exist and are valued at well over $1 million.

Medium

Which famous rock star named his son after Mozart?

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Answer: Eddie Van Halen
Since 2006, Eddie Van Halen's son Wolfgang Van Halen, named after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, has served as the bass guitarist for his family's ultra-popular rock group, Van Halen.

VeryHard

Who was the first African-American composer to have one of his works played by a major orchestra?

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Answer: William Grant Still
In 1931, William Grant Still's "Afro-African Symphony" was played by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, marking the first time a symphony composed by an African-American was played by a major orchestra. Five years later, Still would make history again by being the first African-American to conduct a major American orchestra (Los Angeles Philharmonic) during the 1936 Hollywood Bowl.

Easy

"The Three Bs" (Bach, Beethoven and Brahms) are iconic classical musicians who all hail from the same country. Which country is that?

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Answer: Germany
Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms are three of the most influential musicians in Western history and as such, are credited with putting their mutual home country, Germany, "on the musical map".

Medium

"Don John of Austria" was the first opera written, composed and produced in which country?

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Answer: Australia
"Don John of Austria", which premiered in Sydney, Australia in 1847, was the first opera written, composed and produced entirely in that country.

Easy

Steinway & Sons are famous manufacturers of which commonly used classical music instrument?

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Answer: Piano
Steinway & Sons' pianos have become such a recognized standard amongst (classical) musicians that there are even official "Steinway Artists" which include the likes of George Gershwin and Billy Joel.



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