Classical music: 10 questions

  1. What was the name of Stravinsky’s controversial ballet, which caused riots on its premiere in Paris in 1913?
  2. Which piece of classical music was frequently heard in the UK on adverts for Hovis bread?
  3. What letter of the alphabet is used to classify the works of Mozart?
  4. Which French composer was famous for his “gymnopedies”, piano compositions in which he tried to throw off the usual themes of the music of his day.
  5. Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, which is the official anthem of the EU, is a part of which of his symphonies?
  6. What was the first name of the composer Vivaldi?
  7. Who composed the works “Finlandia” and “The Swan of Tuonela”
  8. Which inventive 20th century composer was responsible for the Helicopter Symphony, in which four members of a string quartet fly around a concert venue playing on video link?
  9. Which famous piano composition by J.S. Bach was composed in order to help Count Kaiserling to sleep?
  10. Which composer was responsible for the Surprise Symphony and the Clock Symphony?

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  1. What was the name of Stravinsky’s controversial ballet, which caused riots on its premiere in Paris in 1913?
    A: The Rite of Spring
  2. Which piece of classical music was frequently heard in the UK on adverts for Hovis bread?
    A: Dvorak’s New World Symphony
  3. What letter of the alphabet is used to classify the works of Mozart?
    A: K
  4. Which French composer was famous for his “gymnopedies”, piano compositions in which he tried to throw off the usual themes of the music of his day?
    A: Erik Satie
  5. Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, which is the official anthem of the EU, is a part of which of his symphonies?
    A: 9th
  6. What was the first name of the composer Vivaldi?
    A: Antonio
  7. Who composed the works “Finlandia” and “The Swan of Tuonela”
    A: Jean Sibelius
  8. Which inventive 20th century composer was responsible for the Helicopter Symphony, in which four members of a string quartet fly around a concert venue playing on video link?
    A: Karlheinz Stockhausen
  9. Which famous piano composition by J.S. Bach was composed in order to help Count Kaiserling to sleep?
    A: The Goldberg Variations
  10. Which composer was responsible for the Surprise Symphony and the Clock Symphony?
    A: Haydn

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