Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Famous Composers?
How Much Do You Know About Famous Composers?
By: John Miller
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About This Quiz

Long before Pink Floyd and the Beatles, there were major music artists who dominated pop culture. There were no radios or streaming music services back then, but composers like Mozart, Bach and Beethoven wrote pieces that were performed for audiences all over the world – and those timeless compositions lasted a whole lot longer than “Dark Side of the Moon.” What do you really know about the men who made the music you now hear on public radio?

Historians generally divide classical music into several periods, such as the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras. The Baroque era lasted from around 1600 to 1750. The Classical era was from around 1750 to 1820, and the Romantic spanned 1780 to around 1910. The composers who worked during these centuries created some of the best-known works of music ever. It’s anything but dusty trivia – works like “Ride of the Valkyries” and “Swan Lake Suite” are as vital and enduring now as they were when they amazed audiences so many years ago. Do you really know anything about the men who made these masterpieces?

The names of classical composers are just as timeless. Everyone knows the names like Mozart, Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Handel and Tchaikovsky. Those monikers are simply wired into the culture and DNA of the Western world. But do you think you can match the men to their masterpieces?

Take our famous classical composers quiz now! We’ll find out if you go for a leisurely cruise “On the Beautiful Blue Danube, or whether this quiz will be a sad “Requiem” for your shortcomings of classical trivia!

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