The Classical Music Quizz

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1)In which Mozart-opera does the main caracter ask : "you, who know what love is"...one of the most famous Mozart aria's edit : answered correctly

2) Which good friend from Goethe once answered "this is how my destiny knocks at my door" when Goethe asked him how he came up with a very famous intro of a symphony. What symphony are we talking about ? edit : answered correctly

3) Which Italian composer was very well known for his involvement in national italian politics ? edit : answered correctly

4)Which German composer was the very favorite of Adolf Hitler. He was a notorious anti-semite himself. edit : answered correctly

5)Which Russian composer once said this on Antonio Vivaldi : he rewrote the same concerto 600 times. edit : answered correctly

6)Which famous composer would be born in Belgium if his father did not have not moved to Germany. His family is of Belgian descent though. edit : answered correctly

7)Who is generally seen as the composer that wrote the very first opera in the Renaissance. edit : answered correctly

8)What is "die Zauberflöte" and to which purpose is this object used ? answered correctly

9)Beethoven once said : he gave me some lessons but he never really taught me anything. Who is he talking about ? edit : answered correctly

10) In which opera of Mozart do two soldiers take on a bet with an old guy to check whether their beloved women were faithful to them during their absence ? edit : answered correctly

11)"La ci darem la mano, la mi dirai di si" is a very famous aria. Who wrote it, for what opera and what is the main caracter who sings this trying to achieve here ? edit : answered correctly

12) Which famous italian opera composer died of throat cancer thanks to a very intensive smoking addiction. In what European city did he die ? answered correctly

13) Mozart had a lot of problems when he released Le Nozze di Figaro. Not only because of the content and the French origin of this play, but there was another very specific reason. What was it ?

14) Which aria containing multiple high C's (9 i belive) is considered the most difficult aria ti sing for an operatic tenor ? What opera does it come from and who wrote it ?

15) Which famous operatic caracter compares love to a wild bird that nobody can tame and that does not respect nor follow any laws edit answered correctly

good luck and no googling :wink:

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I'm a complete nullity at classical music, but i'm going to risk
4)Wagner
 
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meteor said:
I'm a complete nullity at classical music, but i'm going to risk
4)Wagner
correct

marlon
 

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9)Beethoven once said : he gave me some lessons but he never really taught me anything. Who is he talking about ?

Joseph Haydn (hmm, suddenly unsure about it...).
 
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Wild Guess, 1) Don Giovanni? [I think that is how it is spelled, something like this]

And how is it that the only two I knew, 4 and 9, have already been answered :cry:

Sad that after taking music appreciation I had an idea for only 3 of them.
 
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arildno said:
9)Beethoven once said : he gave me some lessons but he never really taught me anything. Who is he talking about ?

Joseph Haydn (hmm, suddenly unsure about it...).

nice, very correct...

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Wild Guess, 1) Don Giovanni? [I think that is how it is spelled, something like this]
spelling is ok, but the answer is wrong

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3) Which Italian composer was very well known for his involvement in national italian politics ?
If we assume that he was active on Garibaldi's time, then the obvious choice should be Verdi, yet I haven't heard of him as particularly political.

But if we look at those working at the beginning of the 20th century, "Mme Butterfly" has some political aspects to it, so I'll go for Rossini on this one
(Hope I got matched opera and composer correctly here..:redface:
 
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1: Voi Che Sapete Mariage of Figaro

2: No he said "Thus Fate knocks at the portals!" Ludwig von, Symphony nr V op 67 "destiny"

etc
 
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3) Which Italian composer was very well known for his involvement in national italian politics ?
If we assume that he was active on Garibaldi's time, then the obvious choice should be Verdi, yet I haven't heard of him as particularly political.

But if we look at those working at the beginning of the 20th century, "Mme Butterfly" has some political aspects to it, so I'll go for Rossini on this one
(Hope I got matched opera and composer correctly here..:redface:
MMe Butterfly was written by Puccini, and Verdi is correct

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3) Which Italian composer was very well known for his involvement in national italian politics ?
If we assume that he was active on Garibaldi's time, then the obvious choice should be Verdi, yet I haven't heard of him as particularly political.

But if we look at those working at the beginning of the 20th century, "Mme Butterfly" has some political aspects to it, so I'll go for Rossini on this one
(Hope I got matched opera and composer correctly here..:redface:
MMe Butterfly was written by Puccini, and Verdi is correct
You know , in those days, people used to shout VIVA VERDI and by chance VERDI stood for Vittorio Emmanuele, Re d'Italia...


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Oh dear, oh dear..
Well, I like classical music, but I don't know a lot about it.. :shy:
 
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Besides, in 1861 Verdi was elected Deputy for Borgo San Donnino and he attended the opening of the Italian Parliament...he was a great advocate of the Risorgimento...

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Oh dear, oh dear..
Well, I like classical music, but I don't know a lot about it.. :shy:
I don't know about classical music either :shy:
Let's talk about IT.

I like rhythmmmme and bluuuuuuues......
 

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12) - It was Puccini who died of throat cancer in, hmm, the 1920's? 1930's? Pre-war anyway.

I have no idea where he died, but I spot a common theme with some of these questions :smile:. I'm gonna guess Brussels, since it's the most obvious Belgian city I can think of...
 
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12) - It was Puccini who died of throat cancer in, hmm, the 1920's? 1930's? Pre-war anyway.

I have no idea where he died, but I spot a common theme with some of these questions :smile:. I'm gonna guess Brussels, since it's the most obvious Belgian city I can think of...
nice deduction, completely correct...congrats...

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8)What is "die Zauberflöte" and to which purpose is this object used ?

It was a gift to Tamino from the Queen of the Night to entrance/bewitch a dragon???
(Right at the start of the opera, I think, before she became mad at him)
 
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The trouble with this quiz is that it was clearly written by an opera freak.

Here are some quetions for non-opera freaks:

1. The first performance of this composer's most famous work could barely be heard over the booing and hissing of the audience. Name the composer and the work, and the city in which the premiere took place.(Edit: Correctly answered already.)

2. This composer could conduct, but avoided it because he was tormented by the sensation that his head was becoming detached and floating away whenever he stood at the podium in front of an audience.

3.This exceptionally famous Baroque composer made his name in England, but he wasn't born there.(Edit: correctly answered already)

4. As a child, this composer is said to have been asked what he wanted to be. Pointing to a picture of Beethoven he replied: "I want to be that man."

5. This remarkable work was said to have been commissioned by an insomniac and to have been so successful in entertaining him when he couldn't sleep that he paid the composer with a cupful of gold coins.(Edit: Correctly answered already)

6. This extremely famous composer is complained about by vocalists to this day for having no sense of how to write for the human voice.

7. This famous pianist's carrear was punctuated by an exceptionally satisfying symmetry.

8. This part of his greater "keyboard study" ends abruptly, unfinished, right after the composer introduces his own name into the music.

9. Name the Russian pianist who looked enough like Beethoven that he was rumored to be that man's illegitimate son. (Edit: correctly answered already)

10. Just about no one remembers this composer, despite the fact he was then sometimes considered a "rival" of Beethoven. He studied with the same teachers as Beethoven: Hayden and Albrechtsberger, and also with Salieri. (Edit:Correctly answered already.)
 
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arildno said:
8)What is "die Zauberflöte" and to which purpose is this object used ?

It was a gift to Tamino from the Queen of the Night to entrance/bewitch a dragon???
(Right at the start of the opera, I think, before she became mad at him)
again correct...and you said you know little of classical music ?

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7)Who is generally seen as the composer that wrote the very first opera in the Renaissance.
This one is bugging me.
I would have said Monteverdi, but the early/middle 17th century is hardly in the Renaissance; rather, it is Early Modern Era. :confused:
 
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Well I don't know too much actual classical music history but I always get quizzed by my dad on classical music even though I don't know much.

(2) I could be confusing it, but is it The Requiem by Mozart and if so wasn't it "death knocking at the door". I remember seeing a documentary on the life of mozart, but there is a strong possibility that you aren't referring to that since I don't remember them mentioning Goethe in the documentary.

(5) I'm gonna take a stab in the dark here and go for Stravinsky (about the only Russian composer I know apart from Rachmaninoff) :)

Let me know how I went with my two attempts haha :)
 

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As for 2), see Andre's post 9
 
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haha just saw that I'm an ass and I got it wrong :redface:
 

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1. The first performance of this composer's most famous work could barely be heard over the booing and hissing of the audience. Name the composer and the work, and the city in which the premiere took place.

3.This exceptionally famous Baroque composer made his name in England, but he wasn't born there.

4. As a child, this composer is said to have been asked what he wanted to be. Pointing to a picture of Beethoven he replied: "I want to be that man."

5. This remarkable work was said to have been commissioned by an insomniac and to have been so successful in entertaining him when he couldn't sleep that he paid the composer with a cupful of gold coins.

9. Name the Russian pianist who looked enough like Beethoven that he was rumored to be that man's illegitimate son.

10. Just about no one remembers this composer, despite the fact he was then sometimes considered a "rival" of Beethoven. He studied with the same teachers as Beethoven: Hayden and Albrechtsberger, and also with Salieri.
1. Stravinsky, Le Sacre du printemps, Paris.

3. George Handel.

4. Liszt?

5. This is an incorrect legend, but
Goldberg Variations, JS Bach.

9. Rubinstein?

10. Hummel.
 
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All correct, except #4.

(I would expect Rachmaninoff to have aced all ten quetions.)
 
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