Shoeless Trivia: Classical Music

Another deep dive into a category I’m pretty bad at.

Everybody did fine with this yesterday, but just a friendly reminder to use spoiler tags if you play along in the comments.

  1. What is the English translation of the Russian phrase Moguchaya kuchka (Могучая кучка)? The phrase refers to a formidable quintet of Russian nationalist composers that includes Mily Balakirev, César Cui, Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Borodin?
  2. The rock musical Rent is loosely based on what Puccini opera?
  3. Name the form of musical composition written for an orchestra, chorus, and soloists that is intended to be performed as a concert piece rather than staged as a dramatic performance. Handel’s Messiah is a quintessential example of the form.
  4. What Shakespeare-loving composer’s works include the symphony Roméo et Juliette and the opera Béatrice et Bénédict?
  5. The score in the background of the stamp pictured below was written by what Austrian composer?classical2
Answers

  1. mighty handful
  2. La bohème
  3. oratorio
  4. Hector Berlioz
  5. Franz Schubert

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