Musical holidays

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Question:

Which of his seven symphonies did Sibelius begin to sketch out during a restorative trip to Rapallo and Florence in Italy in 1901?

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First Symphony

Second Symphony

Third Symphony

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It was the Second Symphony, whose second movement in particular was sketched out during the trip.

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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?

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'The Little Sweep'

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Correct! When the little boy pleads not to be sent back up the chimney the children hide him in the toy cupboard

Billy Budd

A Midsummer Night's Dream

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'Washington's Birthday', 'Decoration Day', 'The Fourth of July' and 'Thanksgiving' are movements to which composer's New England Holidays Symphony?

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Aaron Copland

Antonín Dvořák

Charles Ives

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Correct! The four movements correspond to festivals in each of the four seasons

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Which composer's wretched 1838 Mediterranean break is recollected in his lover's Un hiver à Majorque?

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Franz Liszt

Fryderyk Chopin

Maurice Ravel

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It was Chopin and the work was written by French novelist George Sand, with whom he spent a miserable winter on the island

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In which English resort was Debussy staying, indulging in an affair, when he completed La mer, in 1905?

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Eastbourne

Brighton

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It was Eastbourne and he was staying in the town's Grand Hotel

Penzance

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'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?

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The Giant's Causeway; Arnold Bax

Durdle Door, Frederick Delius

Fingal's Cave, Felix Mendelssohn

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Correct! The cave is on the island of Staffa in the Inner Hebrides

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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?

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Venezuela

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Correct! The work celebrates the construction of a church in Guatire, near Caracas

Brazil

Chile

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Who composed the music for the 1974 film of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, starring Lauren Bacall and Ingrid Bergman?

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Richard Rodney Bennett

Ennio Morricone

Erich Korngold

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It was Richard Rodney Bennett. The score was performed by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

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'Buckaroo Holiday' is the name of a movement from which 1942 ballet?

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Delibes's 'Sylvia'

John Lanchbery's 'The Tales of Beatrix Potter'

Copland's 'Rodeo'

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Correct! The work was written in 1942 and set in America's Wild West

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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?

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Vaughan Williams

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It was Edward Elgar and the piece which included the quotation was Variation XIII of the 'Enigma Variations'

Gustav Holst

Edward Elgar

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