Music Trivia and Answers

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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.

Medium

Which of the following pop music sensation hails from the African nation of Nigeria?

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Answer: Sade
Sade Adu hails from the city of Ibadan, located in the West African country of Nigeria.

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.

Medium

"Messiah", the classical work from which the famous 'Hallelujah' chorus is derived, was written by which composer?

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Answer: George Frideric Handel
The inspiration for George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" (1742) came from the King James Bible as well as the Anglican "Book of Common Prayer".

Hard

Celebrated Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich (1927-2007) was married to which 20th Soviet opera singer?

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Answer: Galina Vishnevskaya
Despite getting married reportedly only four days after they met in 1955, Mstislav Rostropovich and Galina Vishnevskaya (1926-2012) remained so until Mstislav's death in 2007.

Medium

Guitarist George Harrison was a member of which influential rock group?

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Answer: The Beatles
Along with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, George Harrison was one of the four Beatles. He was often referred to as "the quiet Beatle".

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.

VeryHard

Urban Renewal was a 2001 tribute album dedicated to which iconic artist?

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Answer: Phil Collins
The most notable track on Urban Renewal, a tribute album to Phil Collins, was Brandy and Ray J's rendition of "Another Day in Paradise".

Hard

Beginning in 1996, the Australian $100 note featured the image of which classical musician?

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Answer: Nellie Melba
The "Melba" in Dame Nellie Melba's name is actually derived from Melbourne, Australia, her hometown. She holds a very special place in the history of Australia as she was the first classical musician from that country to achieve international fame.



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