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Friday, April 03, 2009

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Classical Music. Answers here.

1. Who wrote the music for the ballets "Swan Lake", "The Sleeping Beauty" and "The Nutcracker"?
2. One the best-known sequences of concertos by the Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi was published in 1725 as Le quattro Stagioni. What is it called in English?
3. Which composer wrote the Pastoral Symphony and the Moonlight Sonata?
4. Was Yehudi Menuhin primarily known as a violinist, pianist or trumpeter?
5. Richard Strauss's symphonic poem "Also Sprach Zarathustra" became extremely well-known through its use in which film?
6. Who wrote the five concert marches called "Pomp and Circumstance"?
7. Which Russian composer's most popular works include his "Piano Concerto No. 2" and "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini"?
8. Which American composer wrote three symphonies as well as the music for "West Side Story"?
9. Who wrote his 9th Symphony (From the New World) in the U.S.?
10. Which composer's 5th Symphony was used in the 1971 film "Death in Venice"?

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