So… you think you know something about classical music, eh? Here are some classical music trivia questions that I think you’ll enjoy, but will find challenging. Each question has four choices. Select the one choice for each question that you think is correct. You can check your answers at the end of the quiz.
Which nineteenth century composer wrote “Pictures at an Exhibition?”
a. Ludwig van Beethoven
b. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
c. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
d. Modest Mussorgsky
What was the nickname of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5?
a. No nickname; just an opus number
Who composed “Appalachian Spring?”
a. Alban Berg
b. Aaron Copeland
c. Edward McDowell
d. Antonin Dvorak
Which composer’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is featured in the film The Seven Year Itch?
a. Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
b. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
c. Sergei Rachmaninov
d. Sergei Prokofiev
I’m the composer who wrote Symphonie Fantastique. Who am I?
a. Johannes Brahms
b. Ludwig van Beethoven
c. Hector Berlioz
d. Robert Schumann
“Brain Boiler Bonus” Question:
Who composed A Musical Offering?
a. Johann Sebastian Bach
b. Johann Christian Bach
c. Carl Phillipe Emmanuel Bach
d. Georg Friderich Handel
Question 1: D
Modest Mussorgsky was the Russian composer who composed this beautiful orchestral work.
Question 2: B
Beethoven’s last and longest piano concerto was nicknamed the “Emperor.”
Question 3: B
Aaron Copeland one of the greatest American composers of classical music.
Question 4: C
Excerpts from Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 appeared in this 1955 comedy that starred Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell. Rachmaninov was a Russian composer who fled the Soviet Union and eventually moved to the United States.
Question 5: C
Hector Berlioz wrote the Symphonie Fantastique. Berlioz stated that this composition had many autobiographical elements in it.
“Brain Boiler Bonus Question:” A
Johann Sebastian Bach composed this masterful series of variations at the request of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia.
Previously published at funtrivia.com under username mkp51.
Harold C. Schonberg, The Lives of the Great Composers, First Edition. (New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1970)