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The Golden Age - The term 'classical music' came to be in the 19th century.The time period between Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig Van Beethoven is known as…?

       a. Romantics
       b. Renaissance
       c. The Golden Age
       d. The New Age

Passion - The style of passions in classical music emerged in the 15th century.Church music, often featuring choral parts, telling the story of Jesus, is called a…?

       a. Cantata
       b. Sonata
       c. Passion
       d. Chorale

St. Matthew Passion - We know that he wrote St. Mark Passion as well, but the fate of the other two is unknown.Johann Sebastian Bach wrote five passions, of which two survived. One of them is St. John Passion. What is the other one?

       a. St. Luke Passion
       b. St. Mark Passion
       c. St. Matthew Passion
       d. St. Paul Passion

Ludwig Van Beethoven - Many of Beethoven's pieces were written when he was already deaf.This famous German composer lost his hearing. Who?

       a. Ludwig Van Beethoven
       b. Joseph Haydn
       c. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
       d. Johannes Brahms

First Viennese School - The First Viennese School is a name mostly used to refer to three composers – Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.Which composition school did Joseph Haydn belong to?

       a. Second Viennese School
       b. First Viennese School
       c. Venetian School
       d. Mannheim School

Felix Mendelssohn - Mendelssohn also founded the Leipzig Conservatoire.Who composed the famous Wedding March melody?

       a. Felix Mendelssohn
       b. Giuseppe Verdi
       c. Richard Wagner
       d. Robert Schumann

Cantata - Cantatas were in great demand in churches.In classical music, a vocal composition with an instrumental accompaniment, often involving a choir, is called a/an…?

       a. Sonata
       b. Cantata
       c. Concerto
       d. Opera

Pyotr Tchaikovsky - Tchaikovsky composed many pieces for the tsar Alexander III.Who is the author of the ballet The Nutcracker?

       a. Niccolo Paganini
       b. Alexander Borodin
       c. Pyotr Tchaikovsky
       d. Cesar Cui

Brahms - It's Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, but Berlioz is sometimes added as the fourth.The phrase "Three Bs", referring to the supreme composers, includes Bach, Beethoven and…?

       a. Bertin
       b. Bellini
       c. Brahms
       d. Berlioz

Misshapen pearl - The name stuck to the music genre first, later on it became associated with architecture.What is the meaning of the Portuguese word "Barroco"?

       a. Misshapen pearl
       b. Overly theatrical
       c. Golden curve
       d. Full splendor

Franz Schubert - Schubert died of typhoid fever, or possibly syphilis.According to his friend, violinist Karl Holz, the last musical work he wished to hear was Beethoven's String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131. Who?

       a. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
       b. Louis Niedermeyer
       c. Franz Schubert
       d. Frederic Chopin

German - His involvement with politics left him exiled from Germany.What was the nationality of Richard Wagner?

       a. German
       b. Austrian
       c. English
       d. Hungarian

Giuseppe Verdi - La traviata means 'The fallen woman'.His most famous work is "La Traviata". Who is he?

       a. Gaetano Donizetti
       b. Franz Liszt
       c. Giuseppe Verdi
       d. Gaspare Spontini

Romanticism - Schumann was confined to a mental institution at his own request.Robert Schumann composed in which musical era?

       a. Renaissance
       b. Romanticism
       c. Baroque
       d. Classicism

Antonio Stradivarius - The techniques used by Antonio Stradivarius are still not known.The name of this musical instrument maker is a synonym for superiority. Which instrument maker are we talking about?

       a. Antonio Stradivarius
       b. Jacob Stainer
       c. Giuseppe del Gesu
       d. Akira Sony

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