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The Symphonies of Beethoven

written by: shimonbentzvi
 
This is a very difficult quiz on some great classical music.

Question 1:


How many symphonies did Beethoven compose?
5
10
11
9

Question 2:


Music historians have divided Beethoven's career as a composer into three periods. What are they called?
Romantic, Baroque, Eroica
Viennese, Heroic, Later
Pre-Vienna, Viennese, Bonn
Preliminary, Viennese, Eroica

Question 3:


Possibly the best-known symphony by Beethoven, it is sometimes referred to as "The Fate Symphony" or "Fate Knocking at the Door."
Symphony #5
Symphony #3
Symphony #10
Symphony #9

Question 4:


This symphony by Beethoven is often called "The Pastoral" and was featured in the movies "Fantasia" and "Soylent Green."
Symphony #6
Symphony #10
Symphony #8
Symphony # 4

Question 5:


This was the first Beethoven symphony that premiered at an all-Beethoven concert. Although only 30 minutes long, it took four years (1804-1808) to compose.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
Symphony#5
Symphony#6
Symphony#10
Symphony#9

Question 6:


This symphony was composed by Beethoven while he was at a health spa in Teplitz in Bohemia. It is Opus 92, in A -Major. Beethoven conducted it at its premiere at a concert to aide soldiers injured at the Battle of Hanau, against Napoleon's troops.
Symphony #8
Symphony #9
Symphony #10
Symphony #7

Question 7:


This symphony by Beethoven was the first and last piece conducted by Leonard Bernstein with the Boston Symphony. The Philadelphia Orchestra used to perform the second movement at rehearsals whenever they heard of the death of a present or former orchestra member.
Symphony #9
Symphony #7
Symphony #4
Symphony #2

Question 8:


Running for 26 minutes, this symphony in F Major is the shortest of Beethoven's symphonies and the only one without a dedication.
Symphony #2
Symphony #8
Symphony #4
Symphony #6

Question 9:


One of Beethoven's most popular and famous works, this symphony was originally dedicated to Napoleon. When Napoleon accepted the title of Emperor of France, Beethoven changed the dedication to "a heroic symphony, composed to celebrate the memory of a great man".
Symphony #1
Symphony #3
Symphony #5
Symphony #9

Question 10:


One of Beethoven's least popular works, this symphony in B flat Major was described by Robert Schumann as "a slender Grecian maiden between two Norse gods."  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
Symphony #2
Symphony #4
Symphony #7
Symphony #8

Question 11:


The great Choral Symphony by Beethoven ends with a beautiful song based on a German poem. Who wrote the poem?
Goethe
Schiller
Werfel
Schindler

Question 12:


This symphony, composed by Beethoven in 1800, lasts for just 28 minutes. Many say that it resembles a German drinking song.
Symphony #1
Symphony #4
Symphony #6
Symphony #2

Question 13:


This symphony in D Major, which premiered on 5 April 1803, was composed during a period in which Beethoven was actually close to suicide.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
Symphony #2
Symphony #1
Symphony #3
Symphony #4

Question 14:


The period from about 1812 to 1816 was one of Beethoven's least productive periods. What is the most probable reason for this?
His parents both died during this period.
He realized that he would never be able to marry.
His Symphony #10 was a total failure.
His deafness became complete.

 


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