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Written between the years 1717 and 1723, "Air on a G String" was originally composed by which musician?
Bach - Procol Harum's 1967 hit, 'A Whiter Shade of Pale', incorporated part of Air on the G String's melody.
The well-known ballet "Swan Lake" is a work by which Russian Composer?
Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake tells the story of Princess Odette, who is turned into a swan.
After which European capital is Joseph Haydn's final symphony "104th Symphony in D major" known?
London - 104th Symphony in D major was composed in 1795.
Polish composer Chopin is famous for creating musical pieces for which instrument?
Piano - Most of Chopin's works are for solo piano.
Generally, how many instruments will be involved in a "Cadenza"?
c. The whole orchestra
1 - A cadenza is a musical passage played by a soloist.
With many recordings to his credit, Spanish classical musician Pablo Casals is famed for playing which instrument?
Cello - Pablo is considered one of the greatest cellists of all time.
What nationality was multi-instrumentalist and composer Carl Weber?
German - Weber died of tuberculosis at the age of 39.
Making its debut in 1987, which American Composer wrote the three act opera "Nixon in China"?
Adams - The opera was inspired by Richard Nixon's visit to China in 1972.
Which of the following well-known composers was born first?
Vivaldi - Italian Baroque composer Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was born on March 4th, 1678.
Which of the following vocal ranges refers to the highest female singing voice?
Soprano - Typically, a soprano is a female singer, but it can also refer to men.
Who wrote the 1946 musical composition, "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra"?
Britten - The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra was originally commissioned for a documentary film.
Clocking in at about 25 minutes, who composed the ever-popular musical piece, "Carnival of the Animals"?
d. Saint Saens
Saint Saens - Carnival of the Animals was originally written for a private performance and published after Saint Saen's death.
Which of these periods of classical music came the latest?
Romantic - The romantic era began in the late 18th or early 19th century.
How many operas were written by Russian composer Rimsky-Korsakov?
15 - Rimsky-Korsakov was a member of the group of composers known as 'The Five'.
Regarded by many as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era, what was the first name of German composer Schumann?
Robert - Schumann was admitted to a mental asylum in 1854, where he died two years later.
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