Music Trivia and Answers

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Which electronic musical instrument emits the eeriest of sounds and is the only instrument played without touching it?

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Answer: Theremin - It's familiar, haunting tones are coaxed out of the machine by waving one's hands around it.

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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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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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Who was the headline performer featured at the conclusion of the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London?

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Answer: Paul McCartney
The globally-popular Paul McCartney closed out the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics, reportedly only collecting $1.57 for his services.

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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.

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Which of Beethoven's works did Austrian renowned composer Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828) request to hear on his deathbed?

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Answer: String Quartet No. 14
Franz Schubert considered Beethoven's String Quartet No. 14 the ultimate composition. As such, shortly before his death he requested his own string quartet play the piece for him.

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The Liberace Museum Collection, dedicated to the eccentric pianist Wladziu Valentino Liberace (1919-1987), can be found in which American state?

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Answer: Nevada
Liberace established the museum in his own honor during 1979 in Paradise, Nevada. Since its inception, the Liberace Museum Collection has always been in Nevada - first in the town of Paradise and later in 2015 moved to one of Michael Jackson's former houses in Las Vegas.

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How many years old was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when he wrote his first symphony?

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Answer: 8
The history of classical music is filled with virtuosos and geniuses but none perhaps moreso than Mozart. For instance, he wrote his "Symphony No. 1" at eight years old. Also, during his relatively short life (1756-1791), he composed in excess of 600 pieces - many more than some other great composers who lived much longer.

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Which musician held a benefit concert and helped raise $1 million for the financially-ailing Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2012?

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Answer: Kid Rock
Though Kid Rock is not from Detroit itself but nearby Romeo, Michigan, he cared enough for classical musical to help save the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from extinction when he and his Twisted Brown Trucker band performed alongside the orchestra on 12 May 2012 and helped raise a lot of money on their behalf.

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"Ivan Susanin" was the Soviet era name for which of Mikhail Glinka's numerous works?

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Answer: "A Life for the Tsar"
Originally entitled "Ivan Susanin", Mikhail Glinka renamed the first of his two most-famous operas to "A Life for the Tsar" (1836) as a show of favor to Emperor Nicholas I who monitored the work while it was in progress and is said to have actually suggested the name change.



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