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Which composer wrote the Mother Goose ballet in 1926?
It was Ravel. The work is based on fairytales by Perrault and was originally written for four hands
How many of the movements of Saint-Saëns's Carnival of the Animals feature birds?
It's five: The Hens and Roosters, The Aviary, The Cuckoo in the Depth of the Woods, The Swan and the Finale
Which Gilbert and Sullivan opera, premiered in 1885, contains a doleful aria about a 'little tom-tit'?
Correct! It's sung by Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner
The Pirates of Penzance
Which bird can be heard in, among numerous other works, Mahler's First Symphony, Beethoven's Sixth Symphony and Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel?
The wood pigeon
Correct! In Beethoven's Sixth Symphony the cuckoo's song is played by the clarinet. The work also includes the songs of the nightingale (flute) and the quail (oboe)
Which birds make a majestic appearance in Sibelius's incidental music for the play Kuolema?
It's cranes. The work closes with Sibelius's well-known and haunting piece 'Valse triste'
Best known today for its overture, Rossini's opera The Thieving Magpie enjoyed its premiere at La Scala, Milan in 1817. Seeing the opera's title helped which comic book hero to solve a crime in 1963?
It's Tintin. The storyline appears in 'The Castafiore Emerald'
Whose third piano concerto, left uncompleted at the composer's death in 1945, quotes the call of the rufous-sided towhee bird, which he heard in North Carolina?
It was Bartók. The work received its premiere in 1946, the year after Bartók's death. His friend Tibor Serly finished the piece
Who composed the score for the 1970 film Where Eagles Dare, starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood?
It was Ron Goodwin. Goodwin also wrote music for 'Lancelot and Guinevere' and 'Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines'
A recording of which birdsong precedes the marching of soldiers along the Appian Way in Respighi's Pines of Rome?
It's the nightingale. The work is in four movements and the third section closes with the song of a nightingale recorded on a phonograph
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