Answer: Fear of the Number 13
Schoenberg (1874-1951) had such a severe case of triskaidekaphobia - or fear of the number 13 - that it is theorized his depression due to such may have contributed to his death. Strangely enough, Schoenberg died on the 13th day of July 1951.
Answer: "The Hegemon-King Bids His Concubine Farewell"
Xiang Yu (232 BC - 202 BC), a warlord, is a popular figure in Chinese history. For instance, in addition to having his likeness grace videogames, comic books and movies, he is also the central character in "the Hegemon-King Bids His Concubine Farewell" (1918) as well as a couple of other Peking operas.
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.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria in 1756. Likewise Mozartkugeln were created in Salzburg in 1890, and descendants of its original producer still create handmade versions of the sweets to this day.
J. S. Bach was born into a family full of professional musicians. Unfortunately both his mother and father, music director Johann Ambrosius Bach, died within eight months of each other. Johann was just 10 years old when these tragic events took place. However, he was able to further his musical studies through association with his brother, the organist Johann Christoph Bach.
The organ version of "As Slow as Possible" began at St. Burckhardt's church in Germany during 2001 and is scheduled to conclude in 2640, thus making it 639 years in duration.
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.
Though born in France and raised in the United States, Yo-Yo Ma was actually born to Chinese parents, with both his mother and father having professional music backgrounds.
The four musical groupings in a typical symphony orchestra are the woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings.
Answer: St. John
Johann Sebastian Bach's other fully extant Passion setting is the "St. John Passion", which being originally performed in 1724, predates the "St. Matthew Passion".