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Music General Knowledge #1

Answer these random questions about the world of music.
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Last updated: February 25, 2020
First submittedMarch 26, 2015
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Who died in 1791 in Vienna while working on a Requiem?
Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart
What are Fenders and Gibsons?
Guitars
What type of shoes did Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley sing about?
Blue Suede Shoes
What song by Billy Joel is frequently requested at dueling piano bars?
Piano Man
Who famously wore a cone-shaped bra?
Madonna
Who, according to the Police, doesn't have to "put on the red light"?
Roxanne
What French electronic music duo almost always wear helmets when appearing in public?
Daft Punk
What voice-altering technology was famously used by T-Pain and Cher?
Auto-Tune
The song "Sunday Bloody Sunday" was about a massacre on which island?
Ireland
Who did June Carter marry?
Johnny Cash
Complete the lyric: Come, Mister tally man, tally me ...
Banana
What time signature is a waltz in?
3/4
What are Glastonbury, Coachella, and Bonnaroo?
Music Festivals
What country's famine in the 1980s inspired the charity songs "We Are the World" and
"Do They Know It's Christmas"?
Ethiopia
Who originally wrote the song "All Along the Watchtower", famously covered by Jimi Hendrix?
Bob Dylan
What instrument was made obsolete by the piano?
Harpsichord
What is either a popular heavy metal band or a supposed medieval torture device?
Iron Maiden
What instrument is like a flute but smaller?
Piccolo
What teenage artist won a Grammy for her 2019 song "Bad Guy"?
Billie Eilish
What woman do many people blame, fairly or not, for breaking up the Beatles?
Yoko Ono
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Level 73
Mar 26, 2015
Personally, I don't think "Ireland" should work for "Northern Ireland." I put in Ireland and got the answer right when I probably shouldn't have. One is a sovereign nation and one is part of a collective group of nations. It would be like accepting Mexico for New Mexico.
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Level 85
Mar 27, 2015
That's a good point, but I also don't think accepting the UK as the answer would be appropriate either, since that is the country it occurred in, if country=sovereign nation. I suppose the clue could be changed to ask what Island instead of what country?
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Level ∞
Mar 27, 2015
That's a good suggestion. Changed it to that.
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Level 36
Feb 28, 2020
Wasn't the question for the island? Northern Ireland is not the name of the island. The whole island is Ireland.
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Level 66
Feb 28, 2020
Look at the dates, it was 5 years ago and quizmaster said he changed it. Also 5 years ago
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Level 77
May 2, 2015
Enjoyed this quiz even though I scored only 11. Had a good mix and I learned a lot. Thanks.
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Level 75
May 2, 2015
The harpsichord isn't obsolete. It's alive and well. Maybe a better clue would be "which keyboard instrument was surpassed in popularity by the piano" or something like that.
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Level 72
Mar 19, 2018
Yes, it's alive and well in early music circles, but the clue is fine as written. I say that as someone who is married to a harpsichordist and owns one...
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Level 84
Jun 30, 2018
The harpsichord has seen somewhat of a resurgence in the 20th century. There are well known concertos for the instrument by Poulenc and Falla. And it has also been used in symphonic works and chamber music by composers such as Elliott Carter, Schnittke, and Dutilleux, to name a few that come to mind immediately.
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Level 66
Feb 28, 2020
I may be showing my ignorance of early instruments, but would the clavichord fit this clue as well? It seems to been popular around the same time as the harpsichord and also surpassed in popularity by the piano.
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Level 70
May 4, 2015
18/20. Would have gotten 19/20 if "three quarter" written out had worked . . .
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Level ∞
Feb 25, 2020
Three quarter will work now.
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Level 73
Feb 25, 2020
Spelling: medieval (it's not a proper noun)
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Level 75
Feb 26, 2020
It's not medieval anyway, just a later fantasy
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Level 87
Feb 26, 2020
Great quiz, but one small factual issue – there is no evidence for the existence of the 'iron maiden' before the 19th century. Perhaps the question should be, 'What is either a popular heavy metal band or a supposed medieval torture device?' Or maybe the 'medieval' could be dropped entirely.
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Level ∞
Feb 26, 2020
Good point. Added "supposed" to the question.
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Level 81
Feb 27, 2020
Fun quiz! If you like music quizzes, click on my name and try some of mine!
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Level 68
Feb 28, 2020
I thought of the clavichord before getting the harpsichord and concerts before getting music festivals, but I think that both of your answers are better there.
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Level 46
Feb 28, 2020
I really enjoyed this quiz. If I can nit-pick one tiny thing, though: There is also a heavy metal band called "Pillory," and a pillory is also a medieval torture device. Iron Maiden is a more popular band, true, but the pillory was an actual medieval torture device, and the iron maiden was likely fictitious. Also, the band Iron Maiden might be considered a hard rock band by today's standards, whereas the band Pillory creates a sound much more in line with the standards of "heavy metal" music. For those reasons, "Pillory" might be considered a better answer.
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Level 65
Feb 28, 2020
Iron Maiden is one of the most important metal bands ever (as opposed to the obscure band you mentioned). The fact that these days there's louder/harder bands out there doesn't mean Maiden isn't metal. This is the typical "true metal" silliness sadly too common amongst fans of the genre. From where do you get these so called "standards" of heavy metal? What, Maiden isn't "brütal" enough for you? -facepalm-
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Level 63
Feb 28, 2020
Iron Maiden is not hard rock by any standard. They are a metal band. End of conversation.
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Level 58
Feb 29, 2020
Got them all except for one. I've never heard of Auto Tune, or T-Pain for that matter.
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Level 63
Mar 3, 2020
Auto-Tune is very popular. It bascially alters pitch. Many artists use it just a little but a heavy use like in Chers "Believe" makes it sound weirdly robotic.
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Level 72
Mar 7, 2020
Well, Cher was using it for a fun effect; nowadays, it’s depended upon the whole song through to make bad singers sound competent.
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Level 29
Apr 1, 2020
I had 15/20 on this and 13/20 on number 2, yet had one more star awarded for number 2. Weird.
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