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Which of his seven symphonies did Sibelius begin to sketch out during a restorative trip to Rapallo and Florence in Italy in 1901?
It was the Second Symphony, whose second movement in particular was sketched out during the trip.
In which opera by Benjamin Britten do a group of children, while on holiday, come to the aid of a boy they discover stuck up a chimney?
'The Little Sweep'
It was The 'Little Sweep'. When the little boy pleads not to be sent back up the chimney the children hide him in the toy cupboard
A Midsummer Night's Dream
'Washington's Birthday', 'Decoration Day', 'The Fourth of July' and 'Thanksgiving' are movements to which composer's New England Holidays Symphony?
Correct! The four movements correspond to festivals in each of the four seasons
Which composer's wretched 1838 Mediterranean break is recollected in his lover's Un hiver à Majorque?
It was Chopin and the work was written by French novelist George Sand, with whom he spent a miserable winter on the island
In which English resort was Debussy staying, indulging in an affair, when he completed La mer, in 1905?
Correct! He was staying in the Grand Hotel in the town
'A greener roar of waves never rushed into a stranger cavern – its many pillars making it look like the inside of an immense organ, black and resounding…' What is being described here, and by which holiday-making composer?
The Giant's Causeway; Arnold Bax
Durdle Door, Frederick Delius
Fingal's Cave, Felix Mendelssohn
Correct! The cave is on the island of Staffa in the Inner Hebrides
With its vivid clash of church-goers and party animals, Castellanos's symphonic suite Santa Cruz de Pacairigua depicts a public holiday in which country?
It was Venezuela. The work celebrates the construction of a church in Guatire, near Caracas
Who composed the music for the 1974 film of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, starring Lauren Bacall and Ingrid Bergman?
Richard Rodney Bennett
Correct! The score was performed by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
'Buckaroo Holiday' is the name of a movement from which 1942 ballet?
John Lanchbery's 'The Tales of Beatrix Potter'
Correct! The work was written in 1942 and set in America's Wild West
Who in 1899 quoted a passage from Mendelssohn's Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage in his orchestral description of an unnamed friend going on a lengthy sea journey?
It was Edward Elgar and the piece which included the quotation was Variation XIII of the 'Enigma Variations'
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