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Classical Composers Quiz

Name the classical composers who wrote these famous works.
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First submittedOctober 17, 2010
Last updatedSeptember 1, 2018
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Classical Work
Composer
Moonlight Sonata
Ludwig van Beethoven
The Magic Flute
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Four Seasons
Antonio Vivaldi
Black Key Etude
Frederic Chopin
Messiah
George Frideric Handel
Ride of the Valkyries
Richard Wagner
The Rite of Spring
Igor Stravinsky
The Planets
Gustav Holst
Swan Lake
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Finlandia
Jean Sibelius
Classical Work
Composer
Adagio for Strings
Samuel Barber
Canon In D
Johann Pachelbel
Carmina Burana
Carl Orff
Fanfare for the Common Man
Aaron Copland
The Brandenburg Concertos
Johann Sebastian Bach
Boléro
Maurice Ravel
Hungarian Rhapsody
Franz Liszt
Flight of the Bumble-Bee
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Rhapsody in Blue
George Gershwin
Madame Butterfly
Giacomo Puccini
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level 48
Jun 3, 2011
More like this please!
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level 72
Jun 7, 2015
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level 44
Dec 28, 2011
I got 6, but I did get Liszt! And only 16% got him... But I kinda cheated - I live in Handel st and Liszt and Bach are just around the corner...
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level 20
May 9, 2012
15, but I only got chopin and liszt by entering random classical composers.
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level 69
May 9, 2013
18, and I got Chopin and Liszt the same way. Wasn't going to remember Barber or Orff.
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level 15
Oct 7, 2012
I enjoyed this quiz!!
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level 70
Jan 23, 2013
What about Debussy, Haydn and Schubert?
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level 68
Oct 6, 2013
Yeah, has anyone ever even heard Clair de Lune? It's, like, the best ever.
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level 76
Jun 7, 2015
and no Brahms or Mendelsen as well, but Orff? Though I got that one... I happen to like the Carmina Burana.
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level 76
Jan 20, 2018
*Mendelssohn
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level 57
May 9, 2013
Good quiz. Got 15.
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level 60
May 9, 2013
Pleasantly surprised by how many of these I knew. I guessed slept through less of music class than I thought. Especially proud that I got Rimsky-Korsakov. What an awesome name.
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level 67
Sep 11, 2017
I knew that one too, but I wrote Kosakov, and it wasn't accepted. :(
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level 71
Oct 18, 2018
I spelled him Rimsky-Korsachov. Not accepted :(
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level 60
May 9, 2013
I hadn't heard of Years of Pilgrimage, so I was going through every 19th and 20th century composer I could think of. Liszt didn't come to mind, damn it!
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level 31
May 9, 2013
How did Verdi and Rossini not make the list?
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level 50
May 9, 2013
Just "Beethoven" should be accepted for Moonlight Sonata. He's the only composer named Beethoven that I know of.
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level ∞
May 10, 2013
It is accepted of course. You should double-check before complaining, since it takes a lot of time for me to review all these complaints.
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level 48
Apr 5, 2014
The word "Classical" is a little offsetting... just say "Classic" since this quiz seems to include Baroque and Romantic musical works as well.
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level 62
Jun 7, 2015
"Classic Composers" doesn't mean anything; the title is correct. "Classical music", and by extension "Classical Composers", are general terms that encompass all periods of western art music, from medieval to contemporary. If the quiz just featured Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven etc. it would need to be called "Composers from the Classical Period."
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level 44
Jul 3, 2014
What about Dvorak, Brahms, Bizet, Debussy, Mendelssohn, Schumann, or Saint-Saens? You forgot about all of them.
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level 60
Jun 8, 2015
I doubt he forgot. It is not a list of every esteemed composer ever. It's a 20-question quiz.
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level 63
Sep 11, 2014
Gershwin?
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level 21
Jan 25, 2015
Please pick a better piece for Lizst. That's too obscure compared to the rest of his stuff like Hungarian Rhapsody or Les Preludes.
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level ∞
Jun 5, 2015
Changed it to Hungarian Rhapsody.
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level 71
Mar 25, 2015
Very few are classical composers (Mozart, Beethoven). These composers range from the Baroque to the Modern.
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level 71
Jun 16, 2016
My thoughts exactly.
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level 79
May 17, 2015
I could not quit thinking "Albinoni" for Adagio...and I've played the Barber. Ugh.
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level 72
Jun 7, 2015
You may (or may not) find some of them at 20 Most Performed Composers and the 75 Composers Performed Most Often.
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level 71
Jun 7, 2015
Not my cup of tea...tried and struggled to get 9.
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level 60
Jun 8, 2015
What is it with people always saying "You forgot about Answer X!" or "No Answer Y?" The quizzes pick a category and come up with enough questions to fill out the quiz. They don't have to pick everyone you would pick. All that matters is whether the questions are fair. As one with a very basic working knowledge of classical, baroque, etc., I thought this was very fair. I got 12, and the only name I don't recognize is Sibelius.
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level 58
Aug 24, 2015
Please accept Emerson Lake and Palmer or ELP for "Fanfare for the common man" J/K. It was the only thing I could think of.
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level 47
Mar 4, 2016
20/20 with 2:58 remaining. Yes, I really am a classical-music addict. ;-D
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level 77
Nov 28, 2016
There should be an umlaut on Händel's name, and thus the spelling Haendel should be accepted.
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level 67
Jun 14, 2017
Arp2600 wins the 'Golden Nitpick' award for November 2016...... congratulations.
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level ∞
Jun 14, 2017
@Malbaby, I don't know if you invented this, but I love it. Maybe for 2017 we actually will have a golden nitpick!
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level 62
Feb 26, 2017
Several other composers wrote Hungarian Rhapsodies! Luckily I had a couple of minutes left so just had to keep trying them all.
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level 23
Jan 24, 2018
This quiz contains many popular composers but it gets less popular as it goes. I think Franz Joseph Haydn is more popular than 25% of the people on this quiz, so if you have room and time, it would be helpful to many others if you add him.
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level 53
May 25, 2018
suprised that Brahms wasn't on here.
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level 48
Jun 12, 2018
love the 'Golden Nitpick'. idea! I did spectacularly badly at this quiz, I am shocked to be so ignorant
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level 70
Jul 21, 2018
Jeff Beck did Bolero.
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level 70
Jul 21, 2018
Rossini, who probably did more instantly recognizable pieces than anyone else on the list. Even if his name's not as famous as Beethoven and the like, his music most certainly is. Bugs Bunny and Looney Tunes used him to great effect more than once too ;)
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level 48
Feb 3, 2019
Aaron Copland is 1900s, definitely not Classical, I can understand Baroque composers and early Romantic but 1900s is nowhere near Classical.
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level 73
Aug 16, 2019
Let's assume two things and put an end to the madness. 1) In mainstream lingo, "classical" covers a few centuries of western art music. 2) If you want everyone to know that you know about music history and cutoff dates, pat on the head, you're brilliant. Now go home.