The Classical Music Quizz

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5)Which Russian composer once said this on Antonio Vivaldi : he rewrote the same concerto 600 times.
Sounds like the acid tongue of Igor Stravinski
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.
The Beethoven family had Dutch origins. You're not confusing Belgium and Holland are you?
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 ?
Cosi Fan Tutti?
15) Which famous operatic caracter compares love to a wild bird that nobody can tame and that does not respect nor follow any laws
Carmen?
 

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15) It might be Tosca, since she is willing to do everything to save her lover (and even more when she understands she's been betrayed).
Just wild speculation on my part, though..
 
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arildno said:
Just wild speculation on my part, though..
Same here. I've never actually sat through an entire opera.
 

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zoobyshoe said:
Same here. I've never actually sat through an entire opera.
Well I've done that; but the diction of opera singers has been carefully cultivated to match the quality of the libretto.
So, usually, one can't understand a word of what they're singing, which probably is for the best.
 
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Sorry I found this late, so most of what I think I knew was already taken, but I'll give it a try anyway:

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.
If you are referring to "LVB", he was of Flemish descent: in fact, if I recall correctly, 'Beethoven' means beet-fields.

7)Who is generally seen as the composer that wrote the very first opera in the Renaissance.
The first to do so were supposedly Jacopo Peri and Guilio Caccini, however the recognized person is, if I recall correctly Claudio Monteverdi.

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 ?
It's by Mozart, for Don Giovanni, and with it Giovanni is just being himself, trying to seduce a young lady who is about to be married.

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 ?
As I recall, this opera tended to offend the Hapsburgs because of its irreverent treatment of royalty.

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zoobyshoe said:
Sounds like the acid tongue of Igor Stravinski

The Beethoven family had Dutch origins. You're not confusing Belgium and Holland are you?

Cosi Fan Tutti?

Carmen?
All correct and YES I mean the Flemish part because his family comes from Mechelen in the Flemish part of Belgium. It was his grandfather that moved to Bonn

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arildno said:
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:
It was Monteverdi (1567-1643) and indeed i should have written early baroc in stead of Renaissance

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Only questions 13 and 14 remain.

The answer to 13 is the fact that e Nozze Di Figaro contained a ballet/dance, which was banned from opera by emperor Joseph the second. he also banned the 'encores' because of the hughe success of this opera.

The answer to question 14 is : La Fille du régiment, written by Donizetti in 1840...belcanto at its best

regards

marlon

hope you all enjoyed it....
 

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Thanks for a great quiz, marlon.
 
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arildno said:
Thanks for a great quiz, marlon.
you are welcome...

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marlon said:
All correct
Impossible. They're all wild guesses based on the merest whisp of information.
and YES I mean the Flemish part because his family comes from Mechelen in the Flemish part of Belgium. It was his grandfather that moved to Bonn
I picked the right composer, but for the wrong reason.

Soilwork, also guessed at Stravinsky for #5 before I did, I just noticed.

Can you answer any of the remaining 5 of the ones I posted? A couple of them are very guessable, even if you don't know the answer for sure.
 

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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.

Max Bruch?
I've heard he was a shy and reclusive person; that's about the flimsiest argument I've ever made, but..
 
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No, not Bruch. Big hint: Russian.
 
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zoobyshoe said:
The trouble with this quiz is that it was clearly written by an opera freak.

Here are some quetions for non-opera freaks:


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.

8. This part of his greater "keyboard study" ends abruptly, unfinished, right after the composer introduces his own name into the music.
6. i guess js bach. i read a preview of a performance of his b minor mass which said he was one of the most demanding composers when it came to singing

8. bach again. it's the last part of his art of fugue where he writes his name into the music. in german, b = b flat, a = a, c = c & h = b natural. i might have b & b flat backwards... the urban legend says that bach dropped dead in the middle of writing that piece, but it's much more likely that the last page just got lost. some think that bach left it unfinished on purpose as if to say "now it's your turn" since he liked puzzles so much.
 
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fourier jr said:
6. i guess js bach. i read a preview of a performance of his b minor mass which said he was one of the most demanding composers when it came to singing
Good guess, but no. The composer I'm talking about is not complained about for being demanding but for not understanding the specific aethetics of the human voice. In other words, his understanding of the human voice as an instument was all wrong.

8. bach again. it's the last part of his art of fugue where he writes his name into the music. in german, b = b flat, a = a, c = c & h = b natural. i might have b & b flat backwards... the urban legend says that bach dropped dead in the middle of writing that piece, but it's much more likely that the last page just got lost. some think that bach left it unfinished on purpose as if to say "now it's your turn" since he liked puzzles so much.
Absolutely right! For bonus points, 1.) How do you say "Keyboard studies" in German, 2.) What are the four parts of Bach's "Keyboard Studies" and 3.) Do you happen to know the quirky/dramatic thing Glenn Gould did when performing this last bar of music for the video camera?
 
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Good guess, but no. The composer I'm talking about is not complained about for being demanding but for not understanding the specific aethetics of the human voice. In other words, his understanding of the human voice as an instument was all wrong.


Absolutely right! For bonus points, 1.) How do you say "Keyboard studies" in German, 2.) What are the four parts of Bach's "Keyboard Studies" and 3.) Do you happen to know the quirky/dramatic thing Glenn Gould did when performing this last bar of music for the video camera?
1) keyboard = clavier, studies = ubung?
2) part 1 = keyboard partitas, part 2 = don't know, part 3 = orgelbuchlein, part 4 = goldberg variations
3) i know gould used to play with his face a few inches above the keys, conduct an imaginary orchestra & hum/sing along with the music but i haven't heard of anything that he used to do for one particular piece.
 

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zoobyshoe said:
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.
I was going to say Bach too, until I saw that last post. Many singers comment that he did not seem to distinguish between composing for voices and instruments.

Any more clues on this one?
 
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fourier jr said:
1) keyboard = clavier, studies = ubung?
Correct! Der Clavierubung (sometimes seen as: Klavierubung)
2) part 1 = keyboard partitas
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Right.
part 2 = don't know
Italian concerto, and Overture in the French Style (Usually included with the French Suites)
part 3 = orgelbuchlein
I'm actually fuzzy about what specific organ pieces are in part III, but you're probably right.
part 4 = goldberg variations
Right.

I made an error in asserting that Art of Fugue was part of the Clavierubung.
3) i know gould used to play with his face a few inches above the keys, conduct an imaginary orchestra & hum/sing along with the music but i haven't heard of anything that he used to do for one particular piece.
After dramatically punching out Bach's name with his right hand, Gould reaches over with the left, grabs his own right wrist, and holds the hand there, physically restraining himself from playing any further.
 
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brewnog said:
Any more clues on this one?
Although this composer had a tremendous success with one vocal composition, he didn't write nearly as much for voice, proportionately, as most famous composers.
 

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On 2) again:
I don't remember which Russian composer who was injured by a grenade; I suppose it's him.
 
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brewnog said:
I was going to say Bach too, until I saw that last post. Many singers comment that he did not seem to distinguish between composing for voices and instruments.
Vocalists, and I used to know quite a few, speak of the human voice as an "instrument" like any in the orchestra. I often heard them things like "My instrument isn't suited for that piece. That piece needs a lighter instrument." and things like that. Take two sopranos, for example: one may have an "instrument" better suited to Mozart, and the other better suited to Wagner.

The composer I am refering to is complained about, not for being difficult to sing but for producing music for the human voice that doesn't take advantage of the particular things the voice had to offer as an instrument. At the same time, everyone agrees that he was especially gifted in his writing for woodwinds.
 
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arildno said:
On 2) again:
I don't remember which Russian composer who was injured by a grenade; I suppose it's him.
Excellent guess, but no. I think you're talking about Shostakovich. You would expect what I described from a composer with a piece of schrapnel in his head, but it was, in fact, someone else. The composer I'm refering to was riddled with anxieties of all kinds.
 
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Here. I have ploverized these other two a bit to provide more clues. New clues are in red.


zoobyshoe said:
4. As a child, this Romantic composer, who is well known for his lieder 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."

7. This famous 20th century pianist's recording carrear was punctuated by an exceptionally satisfying symmetry.
 

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zoobyshoe said:
Excellent guess, but no. I think you're talking about Shostakovich. You would expect what I described from a composer with a piece of schrapnel in his head, but it was, in fact, someone else. The composer I'm refering to was riddled with anxieties of all kinds.
Okay, here's another guess:
Did he die on the same day as Josef Stalin?
 
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arildno said:
Okay, here's another guess:
Did he die on the same day as Josef Stalin?
No, the composer I'm thinking of did his work at an earlier time in Russian history.
 

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