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Quiz 2021

No 2

Classical Music

 

Set by Mel Kinsey

 

1/  Featuring the popular excerpt 'Song to the Moon', which opera by Antonin Dvorak, that premiered in 1901, is based on the fairy tales of Karel Jaromir Erben and Bozena Nemcova? It takes its title from the name of a water sprite from Slavic myth.

 

2/  Which transitional figure in classical music worked primarily on madrigals for the first half of his musical life? In 1607, when he turned 40, he created his masterpiece whose dedication reads, 'Al serenissimo signor D. Francesco Gonzaga, Prencipe di Mantoua, & di Monferato, &c."

 

3/ Tricked by Baron Scarpia, the evil Chief of Police, the title character in which Puccini opera throws herself off the roof of the Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome after she discovers that her lover Mario Cavaradossi has been executed?

 

4/ Who is the composer of the 19th-century ballet ‘Swan Lake’?

 

5/ The term coined by Mahatma Gandhi which refers to non-violent resistance is also the title of the second part of the ‘Portrait Trilogy’ of operatic works by which 20th-century composer?

 

6/ Which 20th-century composer’s work ‘Sabre Dance’, taken from his ballet ‘Gayane’ has been extensively used in popular culture (e.g. movies and TV shows) as well as being a favourite in figure-skating routines?

 

7/ Richard Wagner’s famous ‘Ring of the Nibelung’ cycle consists of four epic operas. Can you name the third opera of this cycle?

 

8/  What is the nationality of Frederic Chopin, the piano virtuoso and composer of works such as the ‘Minute Waltz’?

 

9/  Known as the ‘Mighty Five’ or ‘Mighty Handful’, what is the nationality of the group of composers with famous works such as  ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ and ‘Night on Bald Mountain’ ?

 

10/   What M is the name given to the form of secular vocal chamber music that originated in northern Italy during the 14th and flourished in the 16th-17th centuries. Usually polyphonic, its famous exponents include Franceso Landini, Luca Marenzio and the Elizabethan Thomas Morley.

 

11/  Born 1842 in the hamlet of Montaud (now part of St. Etienne), which composer wrote more than thirty operas in his time, and is now chiefly remembered for two of them : ‘Manon’ (1884) and ‘Werther’ (1892), the latter loosely based upon the epistolary novel by Goethe?

 

12/  Premiering in 1918 and based on a folktale by Charles Perrault, who is the composer of this one-act opera in which the eponymous character brings his newly-wed wife to his abode, where she proceeds to open a series of seven mysterious doors despite him telling her not to?

 

13/ In Gustav Holst’s orchestral suite ‘The Planets’, which planet is given the title ‘The Mystic’?

 

14/ Written by the 19th-century English cardinal John Henry Newman, which poem about the prayers of a dying man was adapted by Elgar into a work for voice and orchestra in 1900?

 

15/ Born 1824 in Linz, which composer is chiefly known for his eleven symphonies, of which only No.4 (The Romantic) has a subtitle given by the composer himself? His works are referred to by their WAB numbers (after a catalog edited by Rene Grasberger), and he also gives his name to the ‘______ Problem’, a term that references the difficulty and complications that arise due to the presence of numerous contrasting versions of his symphonies.

 

16/  Which modernist composer is known for his ‘Concord Sonata’ which was largely completed by 1915? Its four movements are named after figures involved with transcendentalism, such as Emerson, Hawthorne and Thoreau.

 

17/  Nicknamed ‘the Swan of Catania’, which 19th-century Italian opera composer noted for his long flowing melodic lines, is known for works including ‘Il pirata’, ‘I Capuleti e i Montecchi’ and ‘Norma’?

 

18/ Which four-act opera by Verdi was set in Ancient Egypt and features an enslaved Ethiopian princess as its title character?

 

19/  In Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’, which musical instrument is used to represent the cat?

 

20/ To which historical figure did Beethoven originally dedicate his ‘Eroica’ symphony, before later changing his mind?

 

21/  Modern-day orchestras usually tune their concert pitch (A440, or A above middle C) following the note played by which woodwind instrument?

 

23/  Born 1927 in Baku, Mstislav Rostropovich is renowned as a virtuoso of which musical instrument?  

 

24/ The Dance of the Seven Veils’ is an interlude during which opera by Richard Strauss?

 

 25/ Which musical instrument takes its name from the Hawaiian for ‘jumping flea’?

 

 

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