Classical Music Trivial and Answers

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Easy

Singspiel is a type of classical music drama that originated in which country?

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Answer: Germany
Singspiel is an opera form that originated circa the early 17th century. Renowned German composer Johann Adam Hiller is considered to be the orignator of this art form.

Easy

Which of the following famous composers spent the last decade of his life deaf?

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Answer: Beethoven
Beethoven's hearing starting deteriorating in his late 20s, and by the time he was in his mid 40s, he was practically deaf. However, this impairment did not prevent him from composing music, albeit in lower notes than he had prior.

Easy

"The Five" were a group of prominent 19th century composers hailing from which part of the world?

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Answer: Russia
"The Five" (Mily Balakirev, C├ęsar Cui, Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Borodin), also known as "the Mighty Handful" and "the New Russian School", were instrumental in shaping the form of classical Russian music in the 19th century.

VeryHard

In what year was the Gramophone Classical Music Awards, one of the most-prestigious honors that can be bestowed upon a classical musician, launched?

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Answer: 1977
The Gramophone Classical Music Awards first began in 1977 and since then have been conducted annually, usually in London during the month of September. Some people consider winning a Gramophone Award even more of an accomplishment than winning a Grammy.

VeryHard

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.

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.

Medium

Which of Beethoven's symphonies is known as the "Victory Symphony"?

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Answer: Symphony No. 5
Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, perhaps his best known work, has come to be known as the "Victory Symphony" due to its usage during the Allied Forces' "V for Victory" campaign during World War II.

Medium

According to a 1990s study, listening to the music of which composer made students temporarily smarter?

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Answer: Mozart
A study published by the respected scientific journal "Nature" in 1999 suggested that listening to certain tunes by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart slightly increased student IQ scores, albeit briefly. This theorized phenomenon has come to be known as the "Mozart effect".

Hard

"Bach in the Subways" is an international movement founded in 2011 in New York City where musicians perform the works of Bach during his birthday. In what month are these events held?

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Answer: March
Beginning with the efforts of a lone street performer in New York City in 2011, as of 2019 "Bach in the Subway" is celebrated every March 21st (Bach's birthday according to the now-defunct Julian calendar) by several thousands of musicians in over a hundred cities around the globe.

Medium

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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