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Classical music - Terms and Instruments Quiz

Even if you only ever listen to Classic FM by accident, have a go at these questions. 8 Questions.

 
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1

In what section of the orchestra does a piano belong?

  • string
  • percussion
  • woodwind
  • brass

2

The word "crescendo" is often misused, but what does it really mean?

  • a climax of sound
  • gradual decrease in volume
  • gradual increase in volume
  • consistent loud noise

3

What does the leader of an orchestra do?

  • conducts
  • shop steward
  • organises concerts
  • principal first violin

4

With which woodwind instrument does a pipe organ have most in common?

  • flute
  • oboe
  • clarinet
  • bassoon

5

Orchestral parts often have German names printed on them. What is a fagotto?

  • whip (percussion instrument)
  • bassoon
  • double bass
  • trombone

6

Which composer was known as the Red Priest (might be said to be Seasonal)?

  • Beethoven
  • Mozart
  • Handel
  • Vivaldi

7

A famous violin piece is Air on a G string but (starting from the lowest) which string is this?

  • first
  • second
  • third
  • fourth

8

Which composer may have written 104 symphonies (though no-one's quite sure exactly how many)?

  • Mozart
  • Haydn
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Beethoven

 

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