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‘St Anthony of Padua’s Sermon to the Fishes’ can be heard in which collection of songs, written in 1899?
Mahler’s 'Lieder aus Des Knaben Wunderhorn'
Correct! The story goes that when the residents of Rimini in Italy wouldn't sit and listen to his sermon, St Anthony went to the sea shore and preached to the fish - who all listened attentively.
Debussy's 'Ariettes oubliées'
Who are the two best-known residents of Catfish Row, Charleston?
Tony and Maria
Porgy and Bess
Correct! Gershwin's opera 'Porgy and Bess' was first performed in 1935 and it was based on the novel 'Porgy' by DuBose Heyward
Zelda and Scott
How old was the violinist Jennifer Pike when, in 2002, she became the (then) youngest ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition?
She was 12 years old when she won
‘Fish in the Unruffled Lakes’ is the title of a song, using a text by WH Auden, for high voice and piano composed by whom in 1937?
Correct! The first verse of the poem is: 'Fish in the unruffled lakes/ Their swarming colours wear,/ Swans in the winter air/ A white perfection have,/ And the great lion walks/ Through his innocent grove;/ Lion, fish and swan/ Act, and are gone/ Upon Time’s toppling wave.'
This fine fish, below, shares its name with the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. Who is said maestro?
Which Puccini opera features a character called ‘The Tench’ (Il Tinca) who works on the Seine?
Correct! He's a stevedore in this opera, which is the first part of Puccini's triple bill 'Il Trittico'
Which 1990s BBC comedy, starring Stefanie Cole and Graham Crowden, had the last movement of Schubert’s Trout Quintet as its theme tune?
Birds of a Feather
One Foot in the Grave
Waiting for God
Correct! It ran from 1990-1994
Which fish swim around ornamentally in Debussy’s Images for solo piano – inspired, it’s believed, by a Japanese lacquered panel?
Correct! The piece is called 'Poissons d'or'
We’ll banish all Sorrow, and sing till tomorrow, And angle and angle again’ wrote 17th-century English composer Henry Lawes. Whose words was he setting?
It was Izaak Walton, whose best known work, 'The Compleat Angler' was published in 1653.
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