How Well Do You Know Beethoven?

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How Well Do You Know Beethoven?

Everyone seems to be talking about, playing, and listening to Beethoven this year. Take this quiz and have some Beethofun!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Why is this year so special with regards to this great composer?
    • A. 

      It is the 200th anniversary of his birth.

    • B. 

      It is the 200th anniversary of his death.

    • C. 

      It is the 250th anniversary of his birth.

    • D. 

      It is the 250th anniversary of his death.

  • 2. 
    Where was Beethoven born and where did he die?
    • A. 

      Bonn; Bonn

    • B. 

      Leipzig; Bonn

    • C. 

      Bonn; Vienna

    • D. 

      Vienna; Bonn

  • 3. 
    How old was Beethoven when he died?
    • A. 

      48

    • B. 

      52

    • C. 

      56

    • D. 

      60

  • 4. 
    Beethoven never married.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    Beethoven was the only musician in his family.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    Who was one of the torchbearers at Beethoven's funeral and ended up being buried next to him a year later?
    • A. 

      Haydn

    • B. 

      Schubert

    • C. 

      Liszt

    • D. 

      Hummel

  • 7. 
    Beethoven studied composition with
    • A. 

      Bach

    • B. 

      Handel

    • C. 

      Mozart

    • D. 

      Haydn

  • 8. 
    In his late works, Beethoven often included
    • A. 

      Scherzos

    • B. 

      Rondos

    • C. 

      Fugues

    • D. 

      Hemiolas

  • 9. 
    Beethoven's Third Symphony, composed during his middle period and originally dedicated to Napoleon, is also known as:
    • A. 

      'Emperor'

    • B. 

      'Eroica'

    • C. 

      'Archduke'

    • D. 

      'Pastoral'

  • 10. 
    For his only opera 'Fidelio', how many versions of overtures did Beethoven write before he was satisfied with one of those as an opening to the opera?
    • A. 

      Three

    • B. 

      Four

    • C. 

      FIve

    • D. 

      Six

  • 11. 
    'Waldstein', 'Tempest', and 'Les adieux/Das Lebewohl' are the names of which genre of works that Beethoven wrote?
    • A. 

      Violin sonata

    • B. 

      Piano sonata

    • C. 

      String quartet

    • D. 

      Symphony

  • 12. 
    In Vikram Seth's novel 'An Equal Music', which piece is mentioned throughout the book because the main characters played it together in college?
    • A. 

      Symphony No.5, Op.67

    • B. 

      String Quartet Op.18/4

    • C. 

      Piano Trio Op.1/3

    • D. 

      Violin Sonata No.5, Op.24 'Spring'

  • 13. 
    What was Beethoven's last completed work?
    • A. 

      The finale (Allegro in B flat major) of the String Quartet Op.130

    • B. 

      The finale (Allegro) of the String Quartet Op.131

    • C. 

      Große Fuge Op.133

    • D. 

      The first movement (Allegretto) of the String Quartet Op.135

  • 14. 
    Beethoven wrote 31 piano sonatas.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 15. 
    Unlike most masses set in five movements, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis is in four movements.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    What is the Heiligenstadt Testament?
    • A. 

      A letter Beethoven wrote to his patron Karl Alois, Prince Lichnowsky, stating that he cannot complete the commissioned work because of the political sentiment at the time.

    • B. 

      A love letter addressed to his 'Immortal Beloved', who was thought to be Josephine, one of the daughters of the Hungarian Countess Anna Brunsvik.

    • C. 

      A letter Beethoven wrote to his brothers telling them of his suffering due to his hearing loss, his thoughts of suicide, and yet his desire to continue composing.

    • D. 

      A legal document that allowed Beethoven to take custody of his nephew Karl after Beethoven's brother Kaspar died.

  • 17. 
    Which of the following was based on the 'Ode to Joy' in the finale of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony?
    • A. 

      National Anthem of Germany

    • B. 

      National Anthem of Hungary

    • C. 

      National Anthem of Austria

    • D. 

      Anthem of Europe

  • 18. 
    'Fur Elise' is one of Beethoven's most well-known compositions.  It is:
    • A. 

      A bagatelle for solo piano

    • B. 

      A movement from a piano sonata

    • C. 

      A set of theme and variations for solo piano

    • D. 

      A minuet for solo piano based on a melody from an earlier string quartet

  • 19. 
    The film 'Beethoven' (1992) is:
    • A. 

      A biopic of the composer

    • B. 

      A documentary of the Beethoven Institute in Germany

    • C. 

      An animated short film featuring Beethoven's compositions

    • D. 

      A comedy about a dog named Beethoven

  • 20. 
    Named after the composer, Beethoven is also:
    • A. 

      An element discovered in 2007

    • B. 

      A casserole in Austrian cuisine

    • C. 

      The third largest crater on Mercury

    • D. 

      The name of a syndrome in which hearing loss is caused by a deformed eardrum