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Which famous rock star named his son after Mozart?

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Answer: Eddie Van Halen
Since 2006, Eddie Van Halen's son Wolfgang Van Halen, named after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, has served as the bass guitarist for his family's ultra-popular rock group, Van Halen.

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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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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.

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In 1981, which British city granted a street name respectively to each of the four classic Beatles?

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Answer: Liverpool
Paul McCartney Way, John Lennon Drive, George Harrison Close and Ringo Starr Drive are all streets you will find in Liverpool, England.

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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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"Hallelujah" is a song written by which Canadian recording artist?

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Answer: Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen was a not only a Canadian singer, but also a songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and painter.

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The 2013 film "The Devil's Violinist" is based on the life of which 19th century classical musician?

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Answer: Niccolò Paganini
When Niccolò Paganini died in 1840, the Catholic Church refused to bury his body as some believed that he had a direct relationship with the devil. Likely contributing to these rumors was Paganini's well-known level of sexual promiscuity.

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On 24 December 1781, which musical composer engaged in a musical contest against no other than Mozart himself?

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Answer: Muzio Clementi
Muzio Clementi went head-to-head with Mozart in a musical contest for the entertainment of Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II in Vienna, Austria. Ultimately the Emperor declared the competition a tie.

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What was Jimi Hendrix's real name?

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Answer: James Marshall Hendrix

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A member of which heavy metal band wrote a popular book about his conversion to Christianity in 2007?

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Answer: Korn
Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch released Save Me From Myself in 2007 which detailed his conversion to Christianity, overcoming drug addiction and leaving the music industry, though he later rejoined Korn in 2013.



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