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Whose The Seasons for solo piano begins with months subtitled 'At the Fireside' (January), 'Carnival' (February) and 'Song of the Lark' (March)?
It was Tchaikovsky. The piece was written in 1876 and each of the twelve sections has an epigram. November's is 'In your loneliness do not look at the road, / and do not rush out after the troika./ Suppress at once and forever the fear of longing in your heart.'
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
And whose The Seasons ballet, first performed in St Petersburg in 1900, has characters called Winter, Frost, Ice, Hail and Snow?
Correct! The ballet opens with a Winter scene of jollity with the characters Winter, Frost, Ice, Hail and Snow and a cluster of snowflakes. Two gnomes enter and light a fire, which puts an end to the party.
Which eponymous character is chosen as 'May King' in a 1947 opera by Britten?
It's Albert Herring, a comic opera set in Loxford in Suffolk.
Which ballet, premiered at the Bolshoi in November 1945, includes dances by the Spring Fairy, Summer Fairy, Autumn Fairy and Winter Fairy?
Correct! Ballerina Galina Ulanova danced the title role in the first performance.
Tchaikovsky's 'Sleeping Beauty'
'April is in my mistress' face' and 'Now is the month of Maying' are two of the best-known madrigals by which British Composer?
Correct! The rest of the text for 'April is in my mistress' face' is: 'And July in her eyes hath place;/ Within her bosom is September,/ But in her heart a cold December.'
Which composer depicted the stormy British landscape in his orchestral tone poem November Woods in 1917?
Correct! Bax was inspired to write the poem after he and his lover, the pianist Harriet Cohen, took shelter from the autumn weather in a wood in Buckinghamshire.
The line 'In the valley blooms the Spring' from a poem by Adolph Boettger is believed to have inspired the subtitle of whose First Symphony in 1841?
Correct. His First Symphony is subtitled 'Spring'
Violinist Gidon Kremer's Eight Seasons CD in 2000 combined Vivaldi's Four Seasons with which composer's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires?
Correct! Kremer performed Piazzolla's 'Four Seasons of Buenos Aires', a set of four tango compositions
Gerardo Matos Rodríguez
'The garden is in mourning. Cool rain seeps into the flowers. Summertime shudders, quietly awaiting his end.' In which 1948 work for soprano and orchestra do these lines by Hermann Hesse appear?
Oliver Knussen's 'Songs for Sue'
Richard Strauss's 'Four Last Songs'
Correct! These lines describe the month of September.
Which character in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess opens the opera with 'Summertime'?
It's Clara. In the story, Clara is the wife of a fisherman, Jake, and she's singing a lullaby to her baby.
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