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First Names of Composers

Identify each classical composer's first name.
This is an abbreviated version of this extended quiz, so try that for an extra challenge!
For extended musical families like Mendelssohn, the most famous member is required.
Last updated: December 14, 2015
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First Name
Last Name
Johann
Sebastian Bach
Béla
Bartók
Ludwig
van Beethoven
Leonard
Bernstein
Johannes
Brahms
Frédéric
Chopin
Claude
Debussy
Edward
Elgar
First Name
Last Name
Gabriel
Fauré
Joseph
Haydn
Paul
Hindemith
Gustav
Holst
Charles
Ives
Felix
Mendelssohn
Wolfgang
Mozart
Henry
Purcell
First Name
Last Name
Maurice
Ravel
Camille
Saint-Saëns
Erik
Satie
Franz
Schubert
Dmitri
Shostakovich
Igor
Stravinsky
Antonio
Vivaldi
Ralph
Vaughan Williams
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level 76
Sep 4, 2014
"van" is not Ludwig van Beethoven's middle name.
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level 81
Sep 4, 2014
Yep. It's part of the surname: "van Beethoven". It's silly how different names work from country to country. Icelanders use the patronyms for surnames. In Denmark you have two surnames, one of which is called a middle name, but both are inherited rather than given. In Netherlands the "van" and "den" and "op het" and so on are called "tussenvoegsels", "between-additions", furthermore outside the home in writing mostly only the initials of the given names are used. And this is just a tiny part of Europe, conventions are even more diverse in other places. For instance the common American custom of having a middle initial is strange to me.
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level 61
Sep 5, 2014
Thanks - I've amended the clue. I made the mistake, because no one really every says "van Beethoven" when talking about him: they just say "Beethoven". So the 'van', while in reality part of his last name, kind of functions as a middle word only ever said in the context of his full name. I stand corrected though!
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level 67
Nov 30, 2014
A while ago my wife suggested a 'First name of Composers' quiz and mentioned Beethoven etc. I said that the first comment would be 'van' Beethoven and should it be there or not etc.etc ................. I was right!
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level 32
Dec 25, 2014
Please accept Fredrick for Frederic.
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level 57
Dec 13, 2015
Too many S's in Mendelsssohn