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.
This composer dedicated his third symphony to Napoleon but changed his mind.
This composer wrote a London Symphony, a Pastoral symphony and a Sea symphony.
A French composer whose music is influenced by birdsong and Catholicism
Name the man behind the annual music festival the Proms.
Name the Austrian composer who died in 1911, who was best known for 9 symphonies and orchestral song cycles.
Bach wrote th Brandenburg concertos. But which Bach was it?
Name the Russian composer who emigrated to America and wrote 3 symphonies and 4 piano concertos.
Name the contemporary American composer whose pieces include "Green", "Purple" and "Ecstatic Orange".
I went from conducting the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, as its music director.
Herbert von Karajan
I composed "West Side Story", and conducted the New York Philharmonic.
I was responsible for an Opera festival at Bayreuth. Even today, my music is unpopular in some countries.
A London-based German composer, I wrote choral music, and music for outdoor festive occasions, my "Water Music" and "Fireworks Music".
Name the Czech composer who moved to the USA and wrote a symphony which was later used to advertise bread on TV.
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".
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.
Legend has it that I composed a Requiem as a commission from a mysterious stranger, and I was buried in a pauper's grave.
My 4 symphonies, 2 piano concerti, and my "German Requiem" are at the heart of the late romantic repertoire.
The theme of individual freedom runs through my music, including my opera "Fidelio". My music seems to have inspired Europeans.
My "Adagio for strings op 11" has been used in a war film, and by a famous DJ. I died in 1981.
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.
I wrote operettas including "Orpheus in the Underworld" and "the Tales of Hoffmann"
I am famous for my tone poems, my operas, such as "Elektra" and "Der Rosenkavalier", and my songs.
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.
My death in 1750 followed an unsuccessful cataract operation. I was one of the most prolific composers of all time.
My music is influenced by Spanish sounds and rhythms. One of my sonatas is called "The cat's fugue".
I wrote almost all my music for the piano, including many short pieces and the "Funeral March" sonata.
My "insect music" was one side of the originality which maks me one of the most distinctive composers of the 20th century.
My compositions include "Appalachian Spring" and "Fanfare for the Common Man".
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?
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