50 Classical Music Trivia Questions and Answers

Dive into the mesmerizing world of classical music trivia. Whether you’re a seasoned maestro or just beginning to explore this rich tapestry of sounds, these questions are designed to enlighten and challenge. Spanning composers, historical periods, instruments, and iconic pieces, see how many you can get right and perhaps learn something new along the way. Let the symphony of questions begin!

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1. Who composed the ‘Moonlight Sonata’?

2. Which famous opera features the ‘Habanera’ aria?

3. Which Italian term means ‘gradually getting louder’?

4. Who wrote the four concertos known as ‘The Four Seasons’?

5. In which city was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart born?

6. Which ballet tells the story of a young girl’s journey to the Land of Sweets?

7. Which composer became deaf later in his life?

8. What is the term for a male high-pitched singing voice?

9. What is the lowest female singing voice called?

10. Which composer wrote the opera ‘The Magic Flute’?

11. Which string instrument is the smallest and highest pitched in the orchestra?

12. Which composer’s famous works include ‘Peer Gynt’ and ‘Holberg Suite’?

13. Which symphony by Beethoven is also known as the ‘Choral’?

14. Who composed ‘Boléro’?

15. Which German Baroque composer is known for ‘The Brandenburg Concertos’?

16. Which opera by Rossini tells the story of a crafty barber?

17. What does the term ‘Adagio’ indicate in musical notation?

18. Who composed the ‘New World Symphony’?

19. In which century did Franz Schubert live?

20. What is the primary theme of Tchaikovsky’s ‘1812 Overture’?

21. Which French composer is known for ‘The Carnival of the Animals’?

22. Who is the Russian composer of ‘The Rite of Spring’?

23. What type of vocal composition is Johann Sebastian Bach’s ‘Mass in B minor’?

24. Which composer wrote ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’?

25. Who is credited with the ‘Well-Tempered Clavier’?

26. Which orchestral instrument requires the use of double reeds?

27. To which family does the clarinet belong?

28. Who composed ‘The Firebird’ ballet?

29. What nationality was Frédéric Chopin?

30. Which composer is associated with the ‘Tristan Chord’?

31. Whose symphonies are nicknamed ‘Eroica’, ‘Pastoral’, and ‘Fate’?

32. Which famous choral work has the ‘Hallelujah’ chorus?

33. What musical form is typically a solo instrument with orchestral accompaniment?

34. Who wrote the operatic work ‘Madama Butterfly’?

35. What type of composition is Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’?

36. Which musical era came after the Renaissance and before the Classical era?

37. What stringed musical instrument uses pedals to change its pitch?

38. Who is the composer of the ‘William Tell Overture’?

39. Which country is Edvard Grieg from?

40. Which instrument has the lowest pitch in a traditional wind quintet?

41. Which Russian composer wrote ‘Sheherazade’?

42. Who is the composer of the ‘Ride of the Valkyries’?

43. Which opera by Verdi is based on a Shakespeare play about a Moorish general?

44. Which Italian term in music refers to playing in a relaxed manner?

45. Who wrote the symphonic poem ‘Also sprach Zarathustra’?

46. What is the highest male voice type?

47. Which composer wrote ‘The Planets’ suite?

48. What opera features the ‘Queen of the Night’ aria?

49. Who wrote the orchestral suite ‘Ma mère l’oye’ or ‘Mother Goose’?

50. Which opera is set in Egypt and features a famous Triumphal March?

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