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Which composer wrote an elegy for string quartet called Chrysanthemums in 1890?
It was Puccini, the work's Italian name is 'Crisantemi'
Les Roses d’Ispahan, a beguilingly aromatic work for voice and piano, was composed by which French composer in 1884?
It was Gabriel Fauré who used a text by the French Parnassian poet, Leconte de Lisle
Britten’s Turn of the Screw, Verdi’s La Traviata and Menotti’s The Medium all have characters bearing which botanical-sounding name?
Adapted by composer Howard Blake, the Flower Duet from Delibes’s Lakmé was famously adopted for an advertising campaign by which company in 1984?
Written by composer Harry Dacre in 1892 and allegedly inspired by the Countess of Warwick, the popular song ‘Daisy Bell’ is more commonly known by what name?
'Tiptoe through the tulips'
'I'll be your sweetheart'
'A Bicycle Built for Two'
Correct! The text of the chorus is: 'Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do,/ I'm half crazy all for the love of you./ It won't be a stylish marriage/ I can't afford a carriage,/ But you'd look sweet upon the seat/ Of a bicycle built for two.'
Which British composer was strangely inspired by the sight of trains shunting nearby to write the carol-anthem ‘A Spotless Rose’ in 1919?
Ralph Vaughan Williams
It was Herbert Howells. The text is translated from an anonymous 15th-century German text
Which opera character is killed by a bunch of violets soaked in poison?
Adriana in Cilea's 'Adriana Lecouvreur
Correct! The flowers arrive labelled from her lover Maurizio but are actually from a jealous rival
Scarpia in Puccini's 'Tosca'
Aegisth in Strauss's 'Elektra'
Bruyères (‘Heather’) is the title of a prelude for piano by which composer?
Correct! The piece is from the second book of his Préludes
In a 2006 poll conducted by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, ‘Flower of Scotland’ was voted the song that most Scots would like as their national anthem. In which decade was the song written?
It was written in 1965.
Benjamin Britten wrote his Lachrymae for which floral-sounding viola player, who also commissioned from Bartók a concerto that was never finished?
Correct! The Scottish violist recorded with the likes of Jascha Heifetz and was awarded a CBE in 1953.
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