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Classical Music Quizz II

  1. May 30, 2005 #1
    I don't know whether it is wise to repeat a string, but having put these together, decided to go on and put it out, so here goes:

    Composers
    1. Each of these two composers usually kept a gun handy and nearby. Who were they, and what was the reason in each case?
    2. This composer/performer, after he died, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, DC, where his body remained for approximately fifty years before being sent back to his homeland. Who was he, why was he recorded the unusual preference and why did his remains stay in the US for so long? Answered correctly!
    3. This composer/performer, in his younger days, performed several works which he claimed were newly discovered compositions of the masters of previous periods. It was later found that he was the actual composer. Who was he.
    4. These two countrymen each died as result of accidents; one on a bicycle and the other (indirectly) after the debilitating effects of an automobile accident. Who were they?
    5. Name two composers who were born on the same day of the year, but didn't like each other at all? Answered correctly!
    6. Something that many people Today are unaware of, is the fact that musicians during the classical period were very accomplished improvisers, somewhat similar to Jazz musicians of Today. This particular composer, upon hearing a theme began improvising on it, resulting in a dazzling performance. After he had finished, one of the bystanders remarked that it was a shame that such a wonderful work was so fleeting, and would be forever lost - - - at which time the composer sat down and repeated the performance, note-for-note (as far as anyone could tell). Who was he? Answered correctly!

    Orchestral Works
    7.The composer produced this symphony, as a student at age seventeen, which was then forgotten and unpublished for almost a century. Since then, however it has become a concert favorite,and was even used in a ballet. By the way, Mozart also produced a breakout symphony at age 17, though his was not as popular as the one of our subject composer. Who was our subject composer and what symphony was it?
    8. This work begins with a distorted cuckoo sound (interval of a fourth rather than the usual third). What is it and who was its composer? Answered correctly!
    9. This is about a historical "rogue" with Robin Hood like characteristics, who (according to popular legend), though his "crimes" were minor by Today's standards, was tried and sent to the gallows. What is this work? Answered correctly!
    10. Identify the work and its composer, about the life and exploits of a military officer who was invented in order to cover up an error made by the national leader. Answered correctly!


    Opera
    11. Which Operatic overture, by what composer, caused quite a stir simply because it was started with a "drum roll"?
    12. What are generally considered the three most popular Operas, also sometimes referred to as "ABC"? Answered correctly!
    13. A scene in what opera, by which composer, is described as taking place on a desolate plain outside New Orleans? (Huh! I didn't know there was a desolate plain anywhere near New Orleans?)
    14. Which opera, by which composer, has what are essentially four overtures (three being variations of the same title)? Answered correctly!
    15. A certain well-known Operatic singer, according to a protege and successor, was described as functionally, nearly blind, and to avoid embarrassing accidents during a performance, would pace off all distances on-stage before a performance. Who was this person?


    For the previous string, go to:

    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=76412


    KM
     
    Last edited: May 31, 2005
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  3. May 30, 2005 #2

    brewnog

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    I'll kick off.

    9. - William Tell, of Rossini's William Tell Overture?
     
  4. May 30, 2005 #3
    I'll tackle the easy one (#12) - Aida, La Boheme, Carmen?
     
  5. May 30, 2005 #4

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    I'll have 8 too, I hope.

    It's from Mahler's Symphony number 1, and it's a rather uneasy-sounding clarinet.
     
  6. May 30, 2005 #5
    Correct!

    KM
     
  7. May 30, 2005 #6
    Correct!

    KM
     
  8. May 30, 2005 #7

    brewnog

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    Was William Tell right?
     
  9. May 30, 2005 #8
    Actually, William Tell is considered a national hero in Switzerland (whether he actually lived notwithstanding).

    The person referred to in #9 was a thief and one who enjoyed embarrassing those in power. Folklore has him being executed, but many believe that not to have been the case, rather that he might have died of the plague or a similar fate.

    KM
     
  10. May 30, 2005 #9

    selfAdjoint

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    He wasn't sent to the gallows. I think the answer to #9 is Till Eulenspiegel, the hero of Richard Strauss' tone poem of that name.

    And #14 is Fidelio, by Beethoven. The overtures are known as the Leonora Overtures number 1, 2, etc.
     
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  11. May 30, 2005 #10
    It was not what I had in mind.

    KM
     
  12. May 30, 2005 #11

    selfAdjoint

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    That was Heifitz.
     
  13. May 30, 2005 #12

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    Classical music - my greatest weakness.

    I'll try the easiest one of the lot : ABC = Aida, Barber of Seville, Carmen
     
  14. May 30, 2005 #13
    Correct!

    Again Correct. Leonora #1, #2 and #3 and Fidelio!
     
  15. May 30, 2005 #14
    Correct instrument, different performer, one a bit older than Heifetz. Actually Heifetz and many other violinists have played his works.

    KM
     
  16. May 30, 2005 #15
    See 'rachmaninoff' above.

    KM
     
  17. May 30, 2005 #16
    Educated guess for #10:
    Lieutenant Kije, by Stravinski?
     
  18. May 30, 2005 #17

    Gokul43201

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    Oops! But La Boheme is cheating !! :cry:

    Also, incidentally Stravinsky has two birthdays because the Russian Orthodox calendar had a one-day offset with the rest of the world until it eventually conformed with the Gregorian calendar. Can't recall the details, but the upshot is that Stravinsky and a bunch of other folks at his time had two birthday parties each year....lucky lot, them ! :rolleyes:
     
  19. May 30, 2005 #18
    Correct composition, incorrect composer!

    KM
     
  20. May 30, 2005 #19
    Prokofiev!!!
     
  21. May 30, 2005 #20

    honestrosewater

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    I read a story very similar to #6 in GEB- J.S. Bach?
     
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