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Quiz 2020

No 25

Classical Music


Set by Mel Kinsey

1/ Puccini's opera 'Madame Butterfly', about the love story between Ciocio-san and Lieutenant Pinkerton, is set in which Japanese city whose name means 'long cape'?   

2/ Based on 'One Thousand and One Nights', 'Scheherazade' is a symphonic suite composed in 1888 by which Russian composer - a member of the group known as 'The Five'?   


3/ Born 1854, which Czech composer is noted for incorporating folk music into his work, such as the operas `The Cunning Little Vixen' and `Kata Kabanova'?


4/ Premiering in 1845, which opera is based on the legend of a 13th-century minstrel's song contest that was held at Wartburg Castle, in the German state of Thuringia?   

6/ Choreographed by Arthur Saint-Leon to Leo Delibes' music, which comic opera is about how Franz, a village youth, fell in love with a life-sized dancing doll created by a mysterious inventor? It is based on two stories by ETA Hoffman — 'The Sandman' and `The Doll'.


7/  Leoncavallo's opera Pagliacci' is often staged as a double-bill feature with another one-act opera, the combination being known as 'Cav and Pag'. Who is the composer of this second opera, whom some critics consider a 'one-opera' man (like Leoncavallo) even though he also wrote other operas and orchestral music?


8/ Add the total number of strings commonly found in (a) a guitar (b) a balalaika and (c) an ukulele. What is the total number of strings that results?


9/ Featured in the 1940 Disney animated film 'Fantasia', 'Dance of the Hours' is a short ballet from the opera 'La Giaconda', by which composer born near Cremona in 1834? 

10/ First published in 1741, Johann Sebastian Bach's 'Goldberg Variations' is a work written primarily for which musical instrument? It is named after Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, a virtuoso on this instrument.


11/  Famous examples being the one from Offenbach's opera 'The Tales of Hoffman' and Donizetti in his 'Marino Faliero', what name (from the Italian for 'boat') is given to the song/ music sung by Venetian gondoliers?


12/  The can-can dance, popular in the mid-19th century music halls, is especially associated with the tune known as 'The Infernal Galop', taken from an 1858 opera by which composer?  


13/  Born 1880 in St. Petersburg, which renowned dancer was invited by Diaghilev to become the resident choreographer of the 1st season of the Ballet Russes in Paris in 1909? His best known works include les Sylphides' (music by Chopin); when he died in 1942, seventeen dance companies around the world performed this piece simultaneously.


14/  Hit by a series of personal tragedies in 1907 (death of his daughter Maria, being diagnosed with a heart condition and forced to resign his post at the opera house which he had worked), he was inspired to produce this piece of work, which Leonard Bernstein called his 'greatest symphony'. Inspired by Hans Bethge's 'Die chinesische Flote', which itself is based on works by the Tang Dynasty poets such as Li Bai, Wang Wei and Meng Haoran, it comprises six songs for two singers who take turns singing them. The second song is entitled 'Der Einsame im Herbst' (`The Solitary One in Autumn', and the fifth 'Der Trunkene im Fruhling' (`The Drunkard in Spring'). Which work of classical music  is ths?


15/  Based on Maurice Maeterlinck's symbolic play of the same name, which 1902 opera by Debussy recounts events that took place in and around the castle of King Arkel of Allemonde? Caught in a tragic love triangle, the jealous Prince Golaud resorted to excessive lengths to discover the true relationship between the title characters (his half-brother and a mysterious young woman found in the forest), with predictably sad eventual outcome.


16/  Based ultimately on the epic 'Haft Peykar' (The Seven Beauties') by the 12th-century Persian poet Nizami, which opera is set in China and features the love-stricken Count Calaf and his pursuit of the daughter of King Altoum? It was unfinished at the time of the composer's death from a heart attack in 1924.


17/  Derived from the name given to the Kipchak and Cuman people by the Rus, what two-word name is given to the exotic scene at the end of Act II of Alexander Borodin's opera 'Prince Igor', where the title character was entertained by the slaves of his captor, Khan Kochak? Unfinished at the time of Borodin's death in 1887, a performing version was completed by Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov.


18/ Its name deriving partly from the fact that it has two strings, and partly from the name of a group of non-Han people of northern China who overthrew the Western Jin Dynasty in the 4th-5th centuries AD, which versatile musical instrument (also known as the Chinese violin) is used in both traditional and contemporary music for the calm sound which it produces?


19/  In classical music, a chord made up of the notes F, B, D# and G# is also known as the ______Chord, so named as it is heard in the opening of this Wagnerian opera.


20/  Most notably used by Tchaikovsky in the 'Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy' of his 'Nutcracker Suite', but also found in Mahler's 'Symphony No. 6' and Gershwin's An American in Paris', what is the name of this instrument invented in 1886 by the Parisian harmonium builder Auguste Mustel? It has the appearance of an upright piano, but with a sound similar to that of the glockenspiel.


21/  Choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky for the Ballets Russes and first performed in May 1912, the ballet The Afternoon of a Faun' is based on a symphonic poem by which composer, who was himself inspired by a work of the same name by the poet Stephane Mallarme?


22/  Which composer's `Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op 6o', completed in 1940, is entitled 'Leningrad' as a tribute to the city and its citizens? It soon became a symbol of resistance to Nazi militarism and totalitarianism.


23/  Written in 1806, Beethoven's string quartets No.7, 8 and 9, Opus 59, are named after which of his patrons? This individual was a Russian ambassador to the Viennese court and a chief negotiator during the Congress of Vienna that resettled Europe in 1814.

23/  Known for works such as 'A Mass of Life', 'A Village Romeo and Juliet' and 'On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring', what is the nationality of the composer Frederick Delius, born in 1862?


24/  Meaning 'a place where many people gather to sing', which genre of Korean musical story-telling originated in the 17th century, in the middle of the Joseon Dynasty? The music is usually performed by one sorikkun (a singer) and one gosu (a drummer playing a barrel drum called buk).


25/  First widely used in the works of Beethoven and Schubert, which term, meaning 'I jest' or 'I play' in Italian, denotes a lively piece of music commonly in 3/4 time? It is frequently found as the third movement of a symphony, sonata or string quartet.


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