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How many basic groups of instruments are present in a typical symphony orchestra?

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Answer: Four
The four musical groupings in a typical symphony orchestra are the woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings.

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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.

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The tomb of which renowned composer famously contains two separate skulls accredited to him?

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Answer: Joseph Haydn
A week after his death, Joseph Haydn's (1732-1809) skull was stolen by a couple of scientists who studied the brains of geniuses. When confronted, they returned a skull alright, but it wasn't actually Haydn's. In fact it wasn't until 1954, over 100 years after his death, that Joseph's original skull was recovered and placed in his tomb in Austria alongside the fake.

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Which composer did J. S. Bach name as the godfather of his son Carl Philipp Emanuel?

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Answer: Georg Philipp Telemann
As can be concluded by his middle name, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was partially named after his godfather, the multi-talented German composer George Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) who was a good friend of Carl's dad, Johann Sebastian Bach.

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This musician is often referred to as the fifth Beatle.

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Answer: Pete Best
Pete Best was the drummer for The Beatles from 1960-1962; he was later replaced by Ringo Starr.

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In 1989, which pop group was formed consisting of members from the 1980's boy band New Edition?

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Answer: BBD
New Edition backup vocalists Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe went on to form BBD and achieve headline fame in their own right.

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Which music legend was sentenced to six years in prison in 1988?

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Answer: James Brown
James Brown received a six-year sentence in May of 1988 for a number of charges, most notable perhaps being leading police on a car case through two states, though he only spent two years in prison for the charges.

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How old was Canadian-born Avril Lavigne when she signed her first recording contract?

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Answer: 16
At the tender age of 16, Lavigne signed her first recording contract during a trip to New York after impressing the legendary music executive, L.A. Reid.



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