Academically speaking

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Question:

Which of Haydn's symphonies is nicknamed the 'Schoolmaster'?

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Symphony No. 55

Symphony No. 56

Symphony No. 57

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It was actually No. 55. The nickname isn't Haydn's own but has come about because the dotted figures in the slow movement, it has been suggested, call to mind a fingerwagging schoolmaster admonishing a pupil

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'Three little maids from school are we,' they chirrup merrily. But in which operetta?

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HMS Pinafore

The Mikado

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Correct! The three maids in question are Yum-Yum, Peep-Bo and Pitti-Sing

Pirates of Penzance

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Which British composer, who lost his life fighting in the First World War, was a teacher of music at Radley College public school in Oxfordshire?

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Vaughan Williams

Ivor Gurney

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It was George Butterworth, probably best known for his work 'A Shropshire Lad', inspired by the set of poems of the same name by AE Housman.

George Butterworth

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Which famously maverick composer turned down an honorary doctorate of music in 1932 saying 'I feel that my music must be regarded as a product of non-education'?

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Percy Grainger

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Correct! The Australian-born composer was well known for his eccentricities which extended to flagellation and sado-masochism

Peter Warlock

Malcolm Arnold

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Which composer, having take the exams needed to follow in the footsteps of his schoolteacher father, was urged instead to concentrate on music?

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Gustav Holst

Dmitri Shostakovich

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It was Max Reger, a German composer who was born near Bayreuth in 1873 and died in Leipzig in 1916

Max Reger

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'A very endearing little man in a grey suit that was usually crumpled (and) very thick, gold-rimmed glasses.' Which composer and schoolteacher is being remembered here by a former pupil in a 1970s BBC TV documentary?

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Frank Bridge

Gustav Holst

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Correct! Holst taught at St Paul's Girls' School from 1905 until his death in 1934

Vaughan Williams

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Who, in 2005, was tasked by BBC TV with turning the pupils of Northolt High School – where music had long since disappeared off the curriculum – into a world-beating choir?

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Gareth Malone

Antonio Pappano

Sir Mark Elder

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It was Gareth Malone, who went on to create the 'Military Wives' choir whose song 'Wherever You Are' was the Christmas No. 1 in 2011

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Margarita Andreyevna Kaynova, a schoolteacher, married which Russian composer in 1956 (they divorced in 1959)?

Response:

Sergey Rachmaninov

Modest Musorgsky

Dmitri Shostakovich

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Correct! He who met and impulsively married Kaynova, despite the objections of his children. He got married again – for the third time – in 1962, to literary editor Irina Antonova Supinskaya.

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Which cantata was written by Britten in 1948 to celebrate the centenary of Lancing College in Sussex?

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Phaedra

Saint Nicolas

Cantata academica

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It was 'Saint Nicolas', which was first performed in 1948 with the tenor Peter Pears as the adult saint

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Haydn's Symphony No. 92 and Brahms's Academic Festival Overture were both conducted by their composers after the conferral of what honour?

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Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur

A Knighthood

An honorary doctorate

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Correct! Both composers were given honorary doctorates – Haydn from Oxford in 1791 and Brahms from Breslau in 1879

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