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!

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German musician Clara Wieck would go on to marry which other composer the day before her 21st birthday?

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Answer: Robert Schumann
Clara's father, pianist Friedrich Wieck, disapproved of her relationship with Robert Schumann and forbade them to marry. However, they did eventually do so - a day before Clara's 21st birthday, when she would have no longer needed her father's consent, most likely just to spite him as they had alreday taken him to court on the matter and prevailed. Clara Wieck would go on to become Clara Schumann, the most-celebrated female composer from the 19th century.

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On 24 December 1781, which musical composer engaged in a musical contest against no other than Mozart himself?

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Answer: Muzio Clementi
Muzio Clementi went head-to-head with Mozart in a musical contest for the entertainment of Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II in Vienna, Austria. Ultimately the Emperor declared the competition a tie.

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French composer Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) prevented which even more-prominent classical musician from becoming a member of the Institut de France?

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Answer: Claude Debussy
Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns had a real tiff with Claude Debussy - which culminated in him successfully petitioning to deny Debussy admission into the Institut de France - seemingly not due to any personal beef but rather a dislike of Debussy's musical style and younger composers in general.

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The Midsummer Mozart Festival is held annually in which US state?

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Answer: California
The Midsummer Mozart Festival, which only features music composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is held annually in the San Francisco Bay area of California.

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American composer John Coolidge Adams premiered an opera in 1987 with which former US President as the main subject of it?

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Answer: Richard Nixon
John Adams' "Nixon in China", which premiered at the Houston Grand Opera in 1987, is based on the visit US President Richard Nixon made to China in 1972.

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The tomb of which renowned composer famously contains two separate skulls accredited to him?

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Answer: Joseph Haydn
A week after his death, Joseph Haydn's (1732-1809) skull was stolen by a couple of scientists who studied the brains of geniuses. When confronted, they returned a skull alright, but it wasn't actually Haydn's. In fact it wasn't until 1954, over 100 years after his death, that Joseph's original skull was recovered and placed in his tomb in Austria alongside the fake.

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Renowned conductor René Jacobs (born 1946) is a national of which country?

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Answer: Belgium
René Jacobs, who specializes in both Baroque and Classical opera, was born in Ghent, Belgium on 30 October 1946.

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The original Russian Musical Society was launched in what year?

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Answer: 1859
In 1859 the Russian Musical Society, founded by Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna and Anton Rubinstein, became the first of such institutions in Russia that was accessible by the general public. The school was disbanded in the early 20th century folloiwng the Russian Revolution but reincarnated in 2010 when the All-Russian Music Society renamed itself the Russian Music Society.

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Which of George Frideric Handel's coronation anthems has been sung at the coronation of every British monarch since 1727?

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Answer: "Zadok the Priest"
Originally composed by Handel for the coronation of King George II in 1727, "Zadok the Priest", based on the anointing of Solomon as king in the Biblical book of 1 Kings, has been recited at the coronation of every British monarch since.

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Which famous classical composer is said to have uttered the word "Mozart" with his dying breath?

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Answer: Gustav Mahler
According to legend, when famed Austro-Bohemian composer Gustav Mahler passed away on 18 May 1911 in Vienna, one of the very last (if not last) words recorded from his lips was "Mozart", with the works of Mozart being highly influential in the development of his career.



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