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These Symphony-commissioned feature articles offer insights into the music you'll hear in the concert hall. We hope you'll find them provocative and entertaining.

Feb 21, 2013

A Beethoven Trivia Quiz

1. The young Beethoven moved to Vienna from Bonn, planning to study with a great composer who lived in the Austrian capital. Who was he? Show/Hide Answer


2. What work by Beethoven, given its premiere along with the premiere of the Seventh Symphony, overshadowed the Seventh? Show/Hide Answer


3. Who gave the nickname Emperor to Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5? Show/Hide Answer


4. What work by Beethoven is often thought to be a practice run for his Ninth Symphony?  Show/Hide Answer


5. How do we know which birds Beethoven intended to impersonate (via various instruments) in the "Scene by the Brook" in his Pastoral Symphony? Show/Hide Answer


6. Name three films in which Beethoven is protagonist.  Show/Hide Answer


 7. What was one of the things about Beethoven's Eroica Symphony, his Third, that made it so radical for its time? Show/Hide Answer


8. Beethoven's even-numbered symphonies are often classified as those that are more genial and reflective, while the odd-numbered symphonies reveal the composer's wild, Dionysian side. Using this classification scheme, how did Robert Schumann describe Beethoven's Fourth Symphony?  Show/Hide Answer


9. What was the original title of Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio? Show/Hide Answer


10. What crude listening device did Beethoven use in an attempt to compensate for his deafness? Show/Hide Answer


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