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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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In 2008, which artist broke the record for the youngest ever to win a Grammy for Album of the Year?

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Answer: Taylor Swift
In 2008 Taylor Swift became the youngest artist ever to win Album of the Year for her 2008 sophomore release, "Fearless", at 20 years of age.

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The parents of Don Shirley - the classical musician that the highly-acclaimed 2018 movie "Green Book" is based on - were actually immigrants to the United States. What country did they emigrate from?

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Answer: Jamaica
Don Shirley (1927-2013), who was born in Pensacola, Florida was actually the son of Jamaican immigrants to the United States. Sadly enough, despite being a musical prodigy, Shirley had to deal with racial barriers on his way to success.

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Which artist(s) did US President George W. Bush once call "the biggest threat to American youth since polio"?

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Answer: Eminem
In 2001, President Bush directed this unflattering comment to none other than Eminem whose brash, froward lyrics were at the time turning the American music industry on its head.

Easy

In 2018, Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke were ordered to pay approximately $5 million to the estate of which late musician?

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Answer: Marvin Gaye
A judge ruled that Thicke's 2013 hit "Blurred Lines", which featured and was produced by Pharrell William, was a ripoff of Marvin Gaye's 1977 track "Got to Give It Up".

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In 1996, composer George Theophilus Walker became the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize in Music for which of his major compositions?

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Answer: "Lilacs for Voice and Orchestra"
"Lilacs for Voice and Orchestra" (1996), based on an 19th century eulogy to President Abraham Lincoln, was unamiously chosen to receive the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Music, thus making Goerge Walker (1922-2018) the first African-American to win that award.

Easy

Who was the lead singer of the band "Queen"?

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Answer: Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter, and record producer. He was best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band "Queen".

Easy

What American singer-songwriter wrote and first recorded the song "Blue Suede Shoes" in 1955?

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Answer: Carl Perkins
Carl Perkins was born in 1932. His most well known song is "Blue Suede Shoes", but is also known for "Match Box" and "Honey Don't".

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The late Michael Jackson is widely known as the "King of Pop". But who is considered the "Queen of Pop"?

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Answer: Madonna
Madonna's influence on American and indeed global music is undeniable, thus earning her the generally-accepted title of "Queen of Pop".

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.



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