Great Composers 1 - Answers

Published: Saturday 13th March 2021A free quiz about the music and life of the great composers.
  1. In a poll in 2020 by BBC Music Magazine, who was voted the Greatest Composer of all time? J S Bach.
  2. On which instrument was Sergei Rachmaninov a virtuoso player? Piano.
  3. Which 20th Century German composer is featured on the cover of The Beatles "Sgt Pepper's" album? Karl Heinz Stockhausen.
  4. In Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf", which instrument represents the cat? Clarinet.
  5. Which British composer was related to both Charles Darwin and Josiah Wedgwood? Ralph Vaughan Williams.
  6. According to his birth record, which Italian composer was born "Yesterday"? Verdi.
  7. Which of Shostakovich's symphonies was nicknamed "The Leningrad"? Symphony no. 7.
  8. Who composed the 20th Century silent piece entitled "4' 3'"? John Cage.
  9. What nationality was composer Bela Bartok? Hungarian.
  10. Which Midlands football club did composer Edward Elgar support? Wolverhampton Wanderers.
  11. Which composer is celebrated in his home country with a flag day on 8th December each year? Sibelius (Finland).
  12. How many symphonies were composed by Brahms? Four.
  13. Which ballet by Tchaikovsky made its premiere the week before Christmas 1892? The Nutcracker.
  14. Which Austrian composer was born in the same year as George Washington and died in the year Abraham Lincoln was born? Joseph Haydn.
  15. Who wrote the opera "Porgy and Bess"? George Gershwin.
  16. Which Benjamin Britten opera had its premiere reaping the Sadler's Well theatre in 1945? Peter Grimes.
  17. Which composer had the nickname "Little Mushroom" due to his short but stout stature? Schubert.
  18. Who in 1930 composed "The Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D" for pianist Paul Wittenstein who lost his right arm in WW1? Ravel.
  19. How long should Chopin's "Minute Waltz" take to perform? 1.5 to 2 minutes.
  20. Lasting between 90 to 105 minutes, whose symphony is the longest in the standard repertoire? Mahler's Symphony no 3.

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