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Classical Music Quiz

Test your general knowledge of mainstream classical music. 30 Questions.

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This composer wrote The Marriage of Figaro and Cosi fan Tutte.

  • Haydn
  • Mozart
  • Rossini


This composer dedicated his third symphony to Napoleon but changed his mind.

  • Schubert
  • Schumann
  • Beethoven


This composer wrote a London Symphony, a Pastoral symphony and a Sea symphony.

  • Haydn
  • Vaughan Williams
  • Debussy


A French composer whose music is influenced by birdsong and Catholicism

  • Ravel
  • Bizet
  • Messiaen


Name the man behind the annual music festival the Proms.

  • Ronald Wood
  • Reginald Wood
  • Henry Wood


Name the Austrian composer who died in 1911, who was best known for 9 symphonies and orchestral song cycles.

  • Anton Bruckner
  • Gustav Mahler
  • Gustav Holst


Bach wrote th Brandenburg concertos. But which Bach was it?

  • JS Bach
  • CPE Bach
  • WF Bach


Name the Russian composer who emigrated to America and wrote 3 symphonies and 4 piano concertos.

  • Stravinsky
  • Rachmaninov
  • Tchaikovsky


Name the contemporary American composer whose pieces include "Green", "Purple" and "Ecstatic Orange".

  • Michael Torke
  • John Adams
  • Steve Reich


I went from conducting the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, as its music director.

  • Herbert von Karajan
  • Simon Rattle
  • Bernard Haitink


I composed "West Side Story", and conducted the New York Philharmonic.

  • Bruno Walter
  • Arturo Toscanini
  • Leonard Bernstein


I was responsible for an Opera festival at Bayreuth. Even today, my music is unpopular in some countries.

  • Wagner
  • Verdi
  • Puccini


A London-based German composer, I wrote choral music, and music for outdoor festive occasions, my "Water Music" and "Fireworks Music".

  • Mendelssohn
  • Handel
  • Mozart


Name the Czech composer who moved to the USA and wrote a symphony which was later used to advertise bread on TV.

  • Dvorak
  • Smetana
  • Janacek


My careful ear for orchestral sound made me famous as the composer of "Daphnis and Chloe", "Bolero", and a virtuosic piano suite "Gaspard de la nuit".

  • Debussy
  • Ravel
  • Satie


I died in 1937 before I was 40, but by then I had written jazzy scores, and my songs and the musicals I wrote with my brother are still loved by listeners everywere.

  • Jerome Kern
  • Cole Porter
  • George Gershwin


Legend has it that I composed a Requiem as a commission from a mysterious stranger, and I was buried in a pauper's grave.

  • Mozart
  • Schubert
  • Haydn


My 4 symphonies, 2 piano concerti, and my "German Requiem" are at the heart of the late romantic repertoire.

  • Robert Schumann
  • Johannes Brahms
  • Anton Bruckner


The theme of individual freedom runs through my music, including my opera "Fidelio". My music seems to have inspired Europeans.

  • Donizetti
  • Beethoven
  • Mozart


My "Adagio for strings op 11" has been used in a war film, and by a famous DJ. I died in 1981.

  • Bela Bartok
  • Tomaso Albinoni
  • Samuel Barber


My tenth symphony still provokes speculation about my attitude to Stalin's regime. My music is full of a signature, using notes to reflect my initials.

  • Prokofiev
  • Shostakovich
  • Stravinsky


I wrote operettas including "Orpheus in the Underworld" and "the Tales of Hoffmann"

  • Offenbach
  • Sullivan
  • Rossini


I am famous for my tone poems, my operas, such as "Elektra" and "Der Rosenkavalier", and my songs.

  • Richard Strauss
  • Giuseppe Verdi
  • Claude Debussy


I lived until 1957, but for many decades I had not published any music. My symphonies and tone poems evoke the wintry landscape of Finland.

  • Stravinsky
  • Sibelius
  • Szymanowski


My death in 1750 followed an unsuccessful cataract operation. I was one of the most prolific composers of all time.

  • JS Bach
  • Mozart
  • Handel


My music is influenced by Spanish sounds and rhythms. One of my sonatas is called "The cat's fugue".

  • De Falla
  • Debussy
  • D Scarlatti


I wrote almost all my music for the piano, including many short pieces and the "Funeral March" sonata.

  • Liszt
  • Chopin
  • Faure


My "insect music" was one side of the originality which maks me one of the most distinctive composers of the 20th century.

  • Bartok
  • Berg
  • Britten


My compositions include "Appalachian Spring" and "Fanfare for the Common Man".

  • Copland
  • Ives
  • Bernstein


It is often said that Bach's preludes and fugues are the Old Testament, and that my piano sonatas are the New Testament. Who am I?

  • Schubert
  • Mozart
  • Beethoven