A little classical music quiz

Let’s try something a bit more interactive today, classical music lovers. I have a little multiple-choice quiz for you. Don’t worry, it won’t be graded. You won’t have to wait for the answers, either. They’re just under the poll.

1. Hector Berlioz composed a piece about his love life! It is:

a. Lelio
b. Harold in Italy
c. Symphonie fantastique
d. Pathetique symphony.

2. Some pieces are known by nicknames, usually not assigned by the composer. Which of the following nicknames is the composer’s?

a. Alpine Symphony, by Strauss
b. Appassionata Sonata, by Beethoven
c. Symphony of a Thousand, by Mahler
d. Kegelstatt Trio, by Mozart

3. Which of the following pieces was originally composed for the sound track of a movie?

a. Svetliy ruchey [The limid stream], by Shostakovich
b. The Red Pony, by Copland
c. Romeo and Juliette, by Prokofiev
d. Fancy Free, by Bernstein

4. As a music critic and journalist, Robert Schumann frequently spoke through an imaginary group known as the League of David. Which of the following was not a member of that group?

a. Eusebius
b. Florestan
c. Meister Raro
d. Novalis

The questions on this quiz were

ANSWERS:

1. Hector Berlioz composed a piece about his love life! It is:

c. Although the program does not identify the hapless lover having a drug-induced dream, nearly everyone sees Berlioz’ unrequited love for Shakespearian actress Harriet Smithson in Symphonie fantastique. Eventually he persuaded her to marry him, much to the regret of both.

2. Some pieces are known by nicknames, usually not assigned by the composer. Which of the following nicknames is the composer’s?

a. Strauss titled the piece An Alpine Symphony, although it more nearly resembles one of his tone poems than a traditional symphony.

3. Which of the following pieces was originally composed for the sound track of a movie?

b. All of these composers wrote important film scores, but of these pieces, only The Red Pony is film music. The others are ballets.

4. As a music critic and journalist, Robert Schumann frequently spoke through an imaginary group known as the League of David. Which of the following was not a member of that group?

d. Novalis was the name of a poet Schumann particularly admired, not a fictitious person. The League of David comprised Schumann, his fiancee, and several friends, who each wrote under a different pen name. Clara Wieck wrote as “Chiaro.” The bipolar Schumann used both Florestan and Eusebius. Meister Raro may have been another of his pen names, or it may have been his future father-in-law Friedrich Wieck.


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