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Bach - Procol Harum's 1967 hit, 'A Whiter Shade of Pale', incorporated part of Air on the G String's melody. Written between the years 1717 and 1723, "Air on a G String" was originally composed by which musician?

a. Bach
b. Brahms
c. Beethoven
d. Chopin

Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake tells the story of Princess Odette, who is turned into a swan.The well-known ballet "Swan Lake" is a work by which Russian Composer?

a. Mendelssohn
b. Rimsky-Korsakov
c. Prokofiev
d. Tchaikovsky

London - 104th Symphony in D major was composed in 1795.After which European capital is Joseph Haydn's final symphony "104th Symphony in D major" known?

a. London
b. Madrid
c. Paris
d. Rome

Piano - Most of Chopin's works are for solo piano.Polish composer Chopin is famous for creating musical pieces for which instrument?

a. Cello
b. Piano
c. Trumpet
d. Violin

1 - A cadenza is a musical passage played by a soloist.Generally, how many instruments will be involved in a "Cadenza"?

a. 1
b. 0
c. The whole orchestra
d. 4

Cello - Pablo is considered one of the greatest cellists of all time.With many recordings to his credit, Spanish classical musician Pablo Casals is famed for playing which instrument?

a. Cello
b. Violin
c. Flute
d. Piano

German - Weber died of tuberculosis at the age of 39.What nationality was multi-instrumentalist and composer Carl Weber?

a. Spanish
b. Austrian
c. German
d. Dutch

Adams - The opera was inspired by Richard Nixon's visit to China in 1972.Making its debut in 1987, which American Composer wrote the three act opera "Nixon in China"?

a. Adams
b. Gershwin
c. Bernstien
d. Copland

Vivaldi - Italian Baroque composer Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was born on March 4th, 1678.Which of the following well-known composers was born first?

a. Liszt
b. Wager
c. Weber
d. Vivaldi

Soprano - Typically, a soprano is a female singer, but it can also refer to men.Which of the following vocal ranges refers to the highest female singing voice?

a. Soprano
b. Bass
c. Alto
d. Tenor

Britten - The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra was originally commissioned for a documentary film.Who wrote the 1946 musical composition, "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra"?

a. Mozart
b. Britten
c. Elgar
d. Bach

Saint Saens - Carnival of the Animals was originally written for a private performance and published after Saint Saen's death.Clocking in at about 25 minutes, who composed the ever-popular musical piece, "Carnival of the Animals"?

a. Liszt
b. Debussy
c. Bizet
d. Saint Saens

Romantic - The romantic era began in the late 18th or early 19th century.Which of these periods of classical music came the latest?

a. Baroque
b. Romantic
c. Classical
d. Renaissance

15 - Rimsky-Korsakov was a member of the group of composers known as 'The Five'.How many operas were written by Russian composer Rimsky-Korsakov?

a. 50
b. 5
c. 100
d. 15

Robert - Schumann was admitted to a mental asylum in 1854, where he died two years later.Regarded by many as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era, what was the first name of German composer Schumann?

a. Robert
b. Ronald
c. Roger
d. Arnold

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