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The aria 'Sheep May Safely Graze' appears in which Bach cantata?
The 'Hunt' Cantata, BWV 208
Correct! The work is a secular cantata and was written in 1713 for the birthday of Duke Christian of Saxe-Weissenfels. 'Sheep may safely graze' or 'Schafe können sicher weiden' is the fourth aria
The 'Coffee' Cantata, BWV 211
The 'Peasant' Cantata, BWV 212
Which leading British conductor spends much of his time rearing and managing a flock of 1,000 sheep?
John Eliot Gardiner
Correct! He has an 800-acre farm on the Dorset-Wiltshire border.
Music's gain was sheep-farming's loss when one composer, born in 1811, decided not to follow in his father's footsteps as a sheep accountant (ovium rationista), but instead dazzled European society with displays of piano pyrotechnics. Who was he?
It was Franz Liszt. His father, Adam, described himself as an 'ovium rationista' on the young Liszt's baptism certificate.
Who in 1984 wrote an opera Yan Tan Tethera named after a method of counting sheep?
Correct! The opera has a libretto by the poet Tony Harrison and is based on a supernatural folk tale about two shepherds, their sheep and the Devil.
Peter Maxwell Davies
Which two-piano suite written in 1897 shares its name with a famous sheep (1996-2003)?
'Suite bergamasque' by Debussy
'Dolly Suite' by Fauré
Correct! Fauré wrote the 'Dolly Suite' as a gift for the daughter of the woman he was having an affair with, Emma Bardac. Dolly the sheep was the first mammal to be cloned.
'Mother Goose Suite' by Ravel
Which British composer invited us to Rejoice in the Lamb in 1943, setting the poetry of 18th-century asylum inmate Christopher Smart in an anthem for choir and organ?
Correct! The piece is a festival cantata which was written to mark the 50th anniversary of the consecration of St Matthew's Church, Northampton and uses a text based on Smart's poem 'Jubilate Agno'.
Ralph Vaughan Williams
'All we like sheep' sang a choir to the excited people of Dublin on 13 April, 1742. What was the big occasion?
A concert to mark the birthday of George III
It was the first performance of Handel's 'Messiah'. The premiere took place on Fishamble Street, Dublin. The concert was so popular that ladies were asked to come 'without hoops' in their skirts and gentlemen 'without swords' so that everyone could fit in.
The first performance of Handel's 'Messiah'
The first performance of 'Judas Maccabaeus' by Handel
Whose setting of 'The Lord is My Shepherd' provided the theme tune for the TV comedy The Vicar of Dibley?
Correct! He donated the manuscript of the work to the Bodleian Library, Oxford in 2009.
The Frenchman Jean de Hollingue (1459-1522), composer of many fine motets, is better known under a name that has a certain sheep-like ring to it. And that is?
Pierre de Manchicourt
Correct! One contemporary said of him: 'Besides being gifted he is the most humble man that one can find, and a good servant of God’
Which composer is said to have been banned from practising his trombone in a Cotswold field after the farmer accused him of causing the ewes to lamb too early?
It was Gustav Holst. According to fellow composer Edmund Rubbra, Holst would play the trombone as he walked home from the Royal College of Music in London to his home in Cheltenham becuase he was too poor to afford the train fare.
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