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

Which US President composed his own "Piano Concerto No. 1"?

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Answer: Richard Nixon
Overall Richard Nixon, the United States' 37th President, was perhaps the most musically talented of all former Presidents as not only was he skilled in the piano but also the accordion, clarinet, violin and saxophone. In fact in 1961 he displayed his piano composition and playing skills to the world during a apperance on the "Jack Paar Program" in which he played his "Richard Nixon Piano Concerto No. 1".

Medium

In what century did Belgian inventor Adolphe Sax invent the saxophone?

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Answer: 19th Century
When Antoine-Joseph "Adolphe" Sax invented the saxophone in the mid 19th century, he intended it to be used for both orchestral and military purposes. And while it never took off as a mainstay orchestra instrument, the saxophone has been utilized regularly during the classical muiscal period in general.

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

"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.

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.

Medium

How many years old was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when he wrote his first symphony?

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Answer: 8
The history of classical music is filled with virtuosos and geniuses but none perhaps moreso than Mozart. For instance, he wrote his "Symphony No. 1" at eight years old. Also, during his relatively short life (1756-1791), he composed in excess of 600 pieces - many more than some other great composers who lived much longer.

Hard

Renowned musicologist Gustav Nottebohm was a specialist in the study of which 18th century composer?

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Answer: Beethoven
Martin Gustav Nottebohm (1817-1882) is considered to be the pioneer of the field of "Beethoven Studies", as he studied and analyzed as much of Beethoven's life and works as he possibly could.

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

In what year did US President Barack Obama host violinist Joshua Bell, cellist Alisa Weilerstein and other notable classical musicians in the White House to celebrate 'Classical Music Day'?

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Answer: 2009
On 4 November 2009, the White House hosted Joshua Bell, Alisa Weilerstein and a couple of other contemporary classical musicians who not only performed in celebration of 'Classical Music Day' but also held workshops for aspiring young musicians.

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.



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