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Historic Composers Quiz

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What Russian composer is perhaps best known for his ballets like The Nutcracker and Swan Lake?
Modest Mussorgsky
Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Edvard Grieg
Igor Stravinsky

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What composer famously helped to begin the Viennese School of Classical music with pieces like The Emperor and The Creation?
Gustav Holst
Joseph Haydn
Giuseppe Mars
George Frideric Handel

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Claudio Monteverdi is considered one of the first writers of opera. What was the name of Monteverdi's opera based on the Greek myth of the musician who journeyed through the Underworld?
L'Orfeo
L'Ercules
La These
Libournes

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What Russian composer infamously drew criticism with his first symphony only for him to bounce back later with his lauded Symphony Number 2 as well as his piece The Isle of the Dead even later?
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Edvard Grieg
Pyotr Tchaikovsky
August DeBelle

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Which of the following is the name of the iconic series of concerti which Antonio Vivaldi composed and which would change Baroque music forever?
The Planets
The Four Seasons
The Greek Pantheon
The Four Gospels

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What was the name of the treacherous jester who starred in Giuseppe Verdi's iconic opera of the same name?
Malebranche
Paganini
Rigoletto
Chausser

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What is the name of the composer known for composing Ave Maria and Wintereisse?
Ludlow Garvey
Anthony Frederickson
George Gershwin
Franz Schubert

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What is the name of the composer known for writing Madama Butterfly and La Boheme?
Giuseppe Verdi
Giacomo Puccini
Olman Heiss
Geroforte Kadenza

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What famous composer was particularly known for his 5th and 9th Symphonies as well as "Fur Elise," and "The Moonlight Sonata"?
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ludwig van Beethoven
Joseph Haydn
Gustav Holst

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What historic composer wrote the famous pieces Messiah and Water Music?
Johann Sebastian Bach
Joseph Haydn
Jurgen Fletcher
George Frideric Handel

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What is the name of the Hungarian musician known for his Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 and for starting a namesake "mania" where fans of his would get caught up in his performances?
Camille Saint-Saens
George Gershwin
Franz Liszt
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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The Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky was particularly known for composing what sinister piece of music evoking imagery of a witch's sabbath in an eerie locale?
"Black Mass on Dalein's Pass"
"The St. Petersburg Cathedral; Dusk"
"The Ivor River Coven"
"A Night on Bald Mountain"

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What is the name of the composer of such musical pieces as "Rhapsody in Blue" and "An American in Paris"?
Frederic Chopin
Richard Wagner
George Gershwin
Alexander Watkins

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Johannes Brahms was a composer who has endured the ages in part due to his successful piece "(Blank) Dance No. 5." Fill in the Blank.
Historic Composers Quiz
Hungarian
Midnight
Masquerade
Parisian

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Edward Elgar is a composer who is particularly relevant in the modern day for writing what piece of music which is commonly used in graduation ceremonies?
"The Special Day"
"Pomp and Circumstance"
"Our Finest Brought Forth"
"Adulation of a New Dawn"

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What is the name of the composer known for his 9th Symphony which was given the title From the New World?
Abel Gatonne
Edvard Grieg
Antonin Dvorak
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

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What composer wrote such iconic pieces of music as Don Quixote, Salome, and Also Sprach Zarathustra?
Robea Oleiman
George Frideric Handel
Richard Strauss
Richard Wagner

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What Russian composer heralded the chaos of the Modernist Period with his controversial works The Firebird and The Rite of Spring?
Frederic Chopin
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Igor Stravinsky
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

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Dmitri Shostakovich was a composer particularly known for his pieces of dance music often written in triple meter. What is the technical term for such a piece of music?
Waltz
Bolero
Ballad
Nocturne

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What is the name of the composer known for writing the famous "Wedding March" and for writing the piece A Midsummer Night's Dream?
Felix Mendelssohn
Antonin Dvorak
Claudio Monteverdi
Ludwig van Beethoven

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Ralph Vaughan Williams was a composer who is particularly known for his piece of music describing the flight of what bird?
A goose
A lark
A swan
An eagle

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What composer wrote "Clair de Lune" and Symphony Fantastique?
Richard Wagner
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Edvard Grieg
Claude Debussy

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What is the name of the composer known for such pieces as his "Cello Suite No. 1" and "Toccata and Fugue"?
Camille Saint-Saens
Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Ludwig van Beethoven
Johann Sebastian Bach

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What famous composer is known for his works such as The Ring of the Nibelungs and Faust?
Joseph Haydn
George Gershwin
Richard Strauss
Richard Wagner

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What composer is known for his pieces like "The Danse Macabre" and The Carnival of Animals?
George Gershwin
Emmanuel Rodarn
Camille Saint-Saens
Gabriel Tursig

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Sergei Rimsky-Korsakov is perhaps best known as a composer for writing a piece of music called "The Flight of the (Blank)." Fill in the blank.
Goose
Bumblebee
Boulder
Angels

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What is the name of this Polish composer famous for defining piano work during the Romantic Period?
Nikolai Pseregin
Frederic Chopin
Giuseppe Verdi
Felix Mendelssohn

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Edvard Grieg is known for composing such songs as 'In the Hall of the Mountain King" and "The Death of Aase." These songs were incidental music in what play by Henrik Ibsen?
I Think You'll Fly
Impracticable
Peer Gynt
The Dollhouse

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The musician Gustav Holst is perhaps best known for his series of musical pieces based on what?
The Four Seasons
The Planets
The Four Gospels
The Nations of Europe

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What composer is famous for his song "Eine Klein Nachtmusik" as well as his musical mass for the dead called Requiem?
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ludwig van Beethoven
George Frideric Handel
Ralph Vaughan Williams

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