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Composers Quiz


  1. Which composer died in 1791 at the age of 35?
  2. Which composer, one of the greatest of all time, is the creator of the Brandenburg Concertos?
  3. Which "symphonic fairy tale for children" is a musical composition written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936?
  4. Which composer was a friend and mentor of Mozart, a tutor of Beethoven, and is sometimes known as the "Father of the Symphony"?
  5. Which seven-movement orchestral suite was written by English composer Gustav Holst between 1914 and 1916?
  6. Which composer and violinist of the late Romantic and early-modern periods is widely recognized as Finland's greatest composer?
  7. Who wrote the iconic 1975 'Jaws' theme music which has become associated with menace or danger?
  8. What is another name for Frederic Chopin's Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor?

  9. Joseph Haydn's 101 in D major is popularly known by what name because of the "ticking" rhythm throughout the second movement?
  10. The Pomp and Circumstance Marches are a series of marches for orchestra written by which composer?
  11. What is the common English title of "An der schonen, blauen Donau" composed by Austrian composer Johann Strauss II, in 1866? Also, what was Johann Strauss's nickname?
  12. Who is best known for his Academy Award-winning score to Chariots of Fire?
  13. Who composed the William Tell Overture? It was this composer's last of 39 operas.
  14. Franz Liszt was the father-in-law of which Leipzig born composer?
  15. Which composer was often nicknamed the 'Little Mushroom' due to his diminutive frame and rather plump body?
  16. Who composed On Wenlock Edge in 1909, and A Sea Symphony between 1903 and 1909?
  17. The Symphony No. 8 in E-flat major by which composer is frequently called the "Symphony of a Thousand"?
  18. Which composer noticed difficulties with his hearing in his late twenties, and was totally deaf by the time he was in his mid-40s?
  19. Who composed a three-movement choral symphony known as The Symphony of Psalms and the ballet and orchestral concert work, The Rite of Spring?
  20. Whose best-known work is a series of violin concertos known as the Four Seasons?
  21. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in 1756 in which European city?
  22. Bolero is a one-movement orchestral piece by which French composer?
  23. Whose most popular compositions include music for the ballets Swan Lake, and The Sleeping Beauty?
  24. Which composer had an often troubled relationship with French writer George Sand?
  25. Composers Bela Bartok and Franz Liszt are regarded as which country's greatest composers?
  26. Who composed the "Ride of the Valkyries"?
  27. Which American composer and pianist is best-known for the orchestral composition Rhapsody in Blue?
  28. Which American composer achieved fame for his ragtime compositions and was dubbed the "King of Ragtime"?
  29. English composer Sir Arthur Sullivan is best known for composing the music to which 19th-century English hymn?
  30. Name the 17th century London born composer who is generally considered to be one of the greatest English composers?
  31. Whose best-known works include the opera Peter Grimes in 1945, and the War Requiem in 1962?
  32. Who in 1842 composed the Wedding March in C major?
  33. Who composed The Magic Flute opera?
  34. Henrik Ibsen asked which Norwegian composer to write the incidental music for the play Peer Gynt?
  35. Which composer published some of his works in his Italian name, Luigi?


  1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  2. Johann Sebastian Bach
  3. Peter and the Wolf
  4. Franz Joseph Haydn
  5. The Planets
  6. Jean Sibelius
  7. John Williams
  8. Funeral March
  9. The Clock
  10. Sir Edward Elgar
  11. The Blue Danube. The Waltz King.
  12. Vangelis (Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassíou)
  13. Gioachino Rossini
  14. Richard Wagner
  15. Franz Schubert
  16. Ralph Vaughan Williams
  17. Gustav Mahler
  18. Ludwig van Beethoven
  19. Igor Stravinsky
  20. Antonio Vivaldi
  21. Salzburg (in Austria)
  22. Maurice Ravel
  23. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  24. Frederic Chopin
  25. Hungary
  26. Richard Wagner
  27. George Gershwin
  28. Scott Joplin
  29. Onward, Christian Soldiers
  30. Henry Purcell

  31. Benjamin Britten
  32. Felix Mendelssohn
  33. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  34. Edvard Grieg
  35. Ludwig van Beethoven