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Austrian/American composer Arnold Schoenberg suffered from an usual phobia. What was it exactly he was afraid of?

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Answer: Fear of the Number 13
Schoenberg (1874-1951) had such a severe case of triskaidekaphobia - or fear of the number 13 - that it is theorized his depression due to such may have contributed to his death. Strangely enough, Schoenberg died on the 13th day of July 1951.

Medium

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.

Medium

True fans of Mozart (and sweets) can enjoy a confectionary named after him called a Mozartkugeln. The city these chocolates were first produced in also happens to be Mozart's hometown. What city is this?

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Answer: Salzburg
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria in 1756. Likewise Mozartkugeln were created in Salzburg in 1890, and descendants of its original producer still create handmade versions of the sweets to this day.

Medium

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.

Medium

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.

Hard

Which US President composed his own "Piano Concerto No. 1"?

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Answer: Richard Nixon
Overall Richard Nixon, the United States' 37th President, was perhaps the most musically talented of all former Presidents as not only was he skilled in the piano but also the accordion, clarinet, violin and saxophone. In fact in 1961 he displayed his piano composition and playing skills to the world during a apperance on the "Jack Paar Program" in which he played his "Richard Nixon Piano Concerto No. 1".

Medium

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.

Hard

Which Italian Baroque composer claimed to have gotten inspiration for a sonata from the devil himself?

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Answer: Giuseppe Tartini
According to Giuseppe Tartini, he got the inspiration for the "Devil's Trill Sonata" (1770) when Lucifer himself, playing a violin, visited him during a dream.

Medium

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.

Medium

Renowned conductor René Jacobs (born 1946) is a national of which country?

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Answer: Belgium
René Jacobs, who specializes in both Baroque and Classical opera, was born in Ghent, Belgium on 30 October 1946.



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