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Classical Music Composers From The British Isles Quiz

Another set of composers to identify, this time from closer to my home. No dates this time, just a few clues. 15 Questions.

 
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An easy start. This composer probably best know for one work which was related to celestial bodies! Taught at St. Paul's School for Girls?

  • Frederick Delius
  • Samuel Wesley
  • Gustav Holst
  • Sir John Tavener

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Next, an earlier composer who was a Londoner born in 1540. His output consisted mostly of motets and English songs?

  • Thomas Tallis
  • William Byrd
  • Christopher Tye
  • Robert Parsons

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Another early composer, this one was actually the teacher of the composer in the last question?

  • Thomas Tallis
  • William Byrd
  • Robert Parsons
  • Christopher Tye

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Moving forward a few centuries now, this composer is pictured outside the concert hall built to house his annual music festival. His works include Gloriana, A War Requiem and several operas?

  • Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies
  • Ralph Vaughan-Williams
  • Sir John Tavener
  • Benjamin Britten

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This composer, born in Bournemouth in 1848 is probably best known for his setting of a William Blake poem which is now regarded as the second national anthem?

  • Sir Arthur Sullivan
  • Samuel Wesley
  • Ralph Vaughan-Williams
  • Sir Hubert Parry

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Another more recent composer for you. Born in Salford in 1934, he is currently Master of The Queen's Music?

  • Sir John Tavener
  • Robert Parsons
  • Christopher Tye
  • Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies

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Another one from the past, this composer is probably best known for 'Walk to the Paradise Garden' and 'On hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring'?

  • Gustav Holst
  • Frederick Delius
  • Ralph Vaughan-Williams
  • Hamish MacCunn

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Moving to Ireland now, this composer is credited as being the inventor of the nocturne. A pupil of Muzio Clementi, he also taught piano in Russia?

  • Henry Purcell
  • Samuel Wesley
  • John Field
  • Ralph Vaughan-Williams

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This composer was also an organist, and was from the late Georgian period. A contemporary of Mozart, some people called him 'the English Mozart'?

  • Samuel Wesley
  • Robert Parsons
  • Thomas Tallis
  • Christopher Tye

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This composer is generally considered to be one of the greatest English composers - no other native-born English composer approached his fame until Edward Elgar?

  • William Byrd
  • Robert Parsons
  • Henry Purcell
  • Thomas Tallis

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This is probably going to be the hardest one. Any regular listener to Classic FM will have heard his 'The Land of the Mountain and the Flood' written in 1887?

  • Ralph Vaughan-Williams
  • Hamish MacCunn
  • John Field
  • Sir Arthur Sullivan

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Another contemporary composer, he is best known for religious minimalist works such as 'The Whale' and 'Funeral Ikos'. Knighted in 2000, he has also won an Ivor Novello Award?

  • Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies
  • Sir John Tavener
  • Sir Michael Tippett
  • Sir Hubert Parry

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This composer was half of a famous 19th century partnership who wrote comic operas. He found some success himself with serious opera 'Ivanhoe' in 1891, although it was little heard after that?

  • Sir Arthur Sullivan
  • Sir Edward Elgar
  • Ralph Vaughan-Williams
  • Gustav Holst

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This composer collected English folksongs with Cecil Sharp, as well as writing the soundtrack music for the film 'Scott of the Antarctic'?

  • Benjamin Britten
  • Ralph Vaughan-Williams
  • Robert Parsons
  • Christopher Tye

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And now the last, but probably greatest English composer ever. Writer of many orchestral works, as well as a very famous cello concerto and a set of marches?

  • Gustav Holst
  • Frederick Delius
  • Sir Edward Elgar
  • Ralph Vaughan-Williams

 

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