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Classical Composers A-Z

Guess the names of classical music composers from A to Z based on their birth and death dates, nationality, and a distinguishable work.
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Last updated: October 14, 2021
First submittedJuly 25, 2020
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Birth
Death
Nationality
Example Work
Answer
A
1971
 
British
Powder Her Face
Thomas Adès
B
1770
1827
German
Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"
Ludwig van Beethoven
C
1810
1849
Polish
The Minute Waltz
Frédéric Chopin
D
1862
1918
French
Clair de Lune from Suite Bergamasque
Claude Debussy
E
1857
1934
British
The Enigma Variations
Edward Elgar
F
1926
1987
American
Rothko Chapel
Morton Feldman
G
1843
1907
Norwegian
Peer Gynt (incidental music and 2 suites)
Edvard Grieg
H
1732
1809
Austrian
Symphony No. 94, "Surprise"
Joseph Haydn
I
1874
1954
American
Central Park in the Dark
Charles Ives
J
1854
1928
Czech
Taras Bulba
Leoš Janáček
K
1903
1978
Armenian
Sabre Dance from Gayane
Aram Khachaturian
L
1811
1886
Hungarian
Transcendental Etudes
Franz Liszt
M
1756
1791
Austrian
The Magic Flute
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
N
1865
1931
Danish
Symphony No. 4, "The Inextinguishable"
Carl Nielsen
O
1895
1982
German
Carmina Burana
Carl Orff
P
1891
1953
Russian
Peter and the Wolf
Sergei Prokofiev
Q
1697
1773
German
More than 200 flute sonatas
Johann Quantz
R
1936
 
American
Different Trains
Steve Reich
S
1797
1828
Austrian
Symphony No. 8, "Unfinished"
Franz Schubert
T
1840
1893
Russian
1812 Overture
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
U
1916
2006
Russian
Symphony No. 2, "True and Eternal Bliss"
Galina Ustvolskaya
V
1678
1741
Italian
The Four Seasons
Antonio Vivaldi
W
1813
1883
German
Der Ring des Nibelungen
Richard Wagner
X
1922
2001
Greek
Metastasis
Iannis Xenakis
Y
1858
1931
Belgian
Poème élégiaque for violin and orchestra
Eugène Ysaÿe
Z
1871
1942
Austrian
Lyric Symphony
Alexander von Zemlinsky
+1
Level 81
Apr 16, 2021
Some of these were a real challenge! Glad to get some of the lesser known ones though.
+3
Level 74
Oct 15, 2021
The A,F and R seemed rather obscure to me. Albeniz, Albinoni, Faure, Franck, Rachmaninov, Rossini and Rimsky-Korsakov all were overlooked.
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Level 93
Oct 15, 2021
Thanks for the feedback. I was trying to keep a good balance as possible of nationalities, time periods, and other factors. There were many that I wanted to include but with only 1 per letter some big names were inevitably going to be left out.
+1
Level 75
Oct 20, 2021
Wonderful. Plenty of challenging ones to earn points for, and plenty of others that are presumably to introduce us to for the first time. Very generous for you to hand out a point after I typed ust, trying on Ustinov for luck!