Classical Music From A-Z

Questions include music and composers of Baroque, Classic, Romantic, and 20th century style periods.
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Last updated: August 29, 2020
First submittedJuly 12, 2020
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Hint:
Answer
A
Birth country of Haydn and Mozart
Austria
B
Flamboyant conductor of late Romantic era, composer of "Symphonie Fantastique"
Berlioz
C
19th century Romantic composer who wrote almost exclusively for the piano, often referred to as "Poet of the Piano"
Chopin
D
French composer of late 19th-early 20th century who challenged traditional "rules" of compositon; his famous piano solo "Clair de Lune" is from a set titled "Suite Bergamasque"
Debussy
E
His composition "Pomp and CIrcumstance" is often played at graduation ceremonies
Elgar
F
Sibelius wrote this orchestral composition to celebrate his home country
Finlandia
G
Norway's most famous composer
Grieg
H
Austrian composer of classic era who lived and worked at the magnificent Esterhazy palace in Hungary for almost 15 years
Haydn
I
Composer from New England, 1874-1954, who broke all the "rules" in his imaginative compositions
Ives
J
American composer of ragtime music
Joplin
K
20th century Russian composer who wrote many sets of piano pieces for students
Kabalevsky
L
Hungarian Romantic composer who was idolized for his piano virtuosity
Liszt
M
German Romantic composer who helped resurrect Bach's music
Mendelssohn
 
Hint:
Answer
N
Danish composer of 6 symphonies
Nielsen
O
Beethoven's "Fidelio"
Opera
P
Famous violin virtuoso in 19th century Italy
Paganini
Q
A note which gets one count or pulse in common time
Quarter note
R
A master orchestrator, composer of "Russian Easter Overture"
Rimsky-Korsakov
S
Form of composition which consists of Exposition, Development, Recapitulation, and Coda
Sonata form
T
Prolific German composer of Baroque era, born 4 years before Bach
Telemann
U
Simple 4-string instrument originally developed in Hawaii
Ukulele
V
20th century Brazilian composer of "Bachianas Brasileiras"
Villa-Lobos
W
Beethoven composition celebrating Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo
Wellington's Victory
X
Percussion instrument with wooden bars as "keys" struck by mallets
Xylophone
Y
Title of Leonard Bernstein's educational TV series
Young People's Concerts
Z
Chopin was born in this town near Warsaw
Zelazowa Wola
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Level 75
Jul 12, 2020
Can you add a column with the letters A-Z in it. I spent half the time trying to work out which letter I was on after I missed a few.

Other than that its a nice quiz, not too many classical music quizzes

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Level 63
Jul 12, 2020
Thanks! This was my first quiz, so I'm still learning. I'll see if I can figure out how to add the letters!
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Level 92
Jul 12, 2020
Good quiz! A couple of comments: It should be Nielsen (not Nielson) and Ukulele. For the S answer, "Sonata Form" would be a better answer than Sonata-allegro, since not all movements in Sonata Form are fast. But congratulations on an interesting quiz.
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Level 63
Aug 7, 2020
Spelling and typos have been corrected. Thanks.

As the Harvard Dictionary of Music points out, the term 'sonata form' is somewhat misleading since it refers to a single movement, not an entire sonata. 'Sonata-allegro' is sometimes used as a more specific term, whether or not the movement is marked 'allegro.' Having said that, I believe you are correct that simply 'sonata from' is a better choice for that answer.

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Level 74
Aug 10, 2020
Enjoyed it! In the B hint, 'conductor' and in the E hint 'Circumstance' have typos.
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Level 63
Aug 11, 2020
Thanks! Never caught the first typo. Don't see a problem with 'circumstance.' I hope you'll check out my other quizzes, and clue me in on any issues.
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Level 47
Aug 28, 2020
Nice quiz, but could you please add sonata as a type in for sonata form, because I kept trying sonata and it wouldn't work. I was so confused I even tried sonita (a mispelling) and sonatina. It also would be helpful to accept "quarter" for quarter note.
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Level 63
Aug 29, 2020
Done! (I think.) Thanks for the feedback.
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Level 28
Mar 6, 2021
''quarter-note' doesn't exist in British usage.
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Level 63
Mar 10, 2021
I believe you! But I earned my music degree in the U.S.A.

and have taught here for over 60 years, so my music terminology is American based. Most of my ancestors are from U.K. and I am somewhat of an Anglophile. Where are you from?