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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.

Hard

The first commercial music compact disc to be sold in the United States was an album by which artist?

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Answer: Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen's 1984 classic Born in the U.S.A. was the first music CD sold commercially in American history.

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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".

Hard

Gustav Mahler's iconic work "Kindertotenlieder" (1904) are based on poems by a father who lost two of his children to which fate?

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Answer: Scarlet Fever
"Kindertotenlieder" is actually a collection of 428 poems by German poet Friedrich Rückert and later compiled by Gustav Mahler, which the former wrote in 1833-34 after losing two of his children to scarlet fever.

VeryHard

In what year was the Gramophone Classical Music Awards, one of the most-prestigious honors that can be bestowed upon a classical musician, launched?

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Answer: 1977
The Gramophone Classical Music Awards first began in 1977 and since then have been conducted annually, usually in London during the month of September. Some people consider winning a Gramophone Award even more of an accomplishment than winning a Grammy.

Easy

Which singer ripped up a photograph of the Pope on international television?

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Answer: Sinead O'Connor
While appearing on sketch-comedy show Saturday Night Live in October of 1992, Sinead O'Connor made international headlines after ripping up a picture of Pope John Paul II and other actions to disgrace the global figure.

Medium

Which heavy metalist is reputed to have bitten the head off of a dove?

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Answer: Ozzy Osbourne
Former Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne did so in 1981, reportedly in intoxicated celebration of signing his first solo deal.

Hard

From 1893 to 1896 Austrian composer Gustav Mahler retreated to a hut on the shore of which lake in his home country?

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Answer: Lake Attersee
Needing a break from general civilization in the name of creativity, Mahler (1860-1911) spent three years residing in a single room on the shore of the lake Attersee in Upper Austria. Mahler composed his second and third symphonies there, and in 1985, the structure was renovated and now serves as a tourist attraction.

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Which band's debut album was entitled "Appetite for Destruction"?

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Answer: Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses hit the music scene in 1987 with their debut album "Appetite for Destruction" which eventually hit number-one on the Billboard 200, albeit a year after its release.

Hard

How old was Johann Sebastian Bach when he became an orphan?

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Answer: 10
J. S. Bach was born into a family full of professional musicians. Unfortunately both his mother and father, music director Johann Ambrosius Bach, died within eight months of each other. Johann was just 10 years old when these tragic events took place. However, he was able to further his musical studies through association with his brother, the organist Johann Christoph Bach.



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