Music Trivia and Answers

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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".

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In early 2019, Ariana Grande held the top three spots on the Billboard Hot 100. Who is the only other artist(s) to have achieved this feat prior to her?

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Answer: The Beatles
The Beatles actually possessed all top-5 positions on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week dated 4 April 1964.

Medium

A string quartet consists of two violins, one viola and one of which other instrument?

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Answer: Cello
In classical music, a string quartet consists of two violinists, one viola player and one cellist.

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Who was the first female artist in history to have four consecutive singles from one album reach the top-5 in the Billboard Hot 100?

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Answer: Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper's 1983 classic She's So Unusual produced a number of hits, most notably amongst them being "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Time After Time".

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The "glass armonica" is an instrument that was created by which famous inventor?

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Answer: Benjamin Franklin
The "glass armonica" (aka glass harmonica), created by Benjamin Franklin in 1761, produces sound when its glass bowls are simply touched.

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German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007) famously wrote a musical piece which involves the use of which type of vehicles?

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Answer: Helicopters
Stockhausen's "Helicopter String Quartet", composed in 1993, requires musicians in four separate helicopters performing independently yet in unison with the overall composition, as their parts are recorded and played simultaneously to a large audience.

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Which of the following 20th century classical pianists spent most of his notable career with only one arm?

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Answer: Paul Wittgenstein
Paul Wittgenstein (188-1961) compensated for the loss of his right arm, which had to be amputated during World War I, by developing techniques which allowed him to play the piano in a fashion that was previously thought impossible with only one hand.

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"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.

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American actor F. Murray Abraham starred in a film about which classical musician?

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Answer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
"Amadeus" (1984), a fictional account of the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, went on to win 40 movie awards, including eight Academy Awards and four Golden Globes.

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Beethoven's "Symphony No. 3" was originally dedicated to which historical figure?

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Answer: Napoleon Bonaparte
Ludwig van Beethoven's highly esteemed "Symphony No. 3" (1802-1804) was originally dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte. However, due to financial considerations, he later rededicated it to a nobleman.



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