The BBC Mu­sic Mag­a­zine fes­tive quiz

On the first day of Christ­mas, my true love gave to me… 30 fes­tive-themed ques­tions to an­swer!

BBC Music Magazine - - Contents - 3.

Christ­mas is com­ing…

1. Who be­gan com­pos­ing Veni, Veni, Em­manuel, his con­certo for per­cus­sion and orches­tra, on the first Sun­day of Ad­vent in 1991?

2. Which choir’s Ad­vent Carol Ser­vice is tra­di­tion­ally broad­cast on BBC Ra­dio 3 ev­ery year?

In whose 1895 opera Christ­mas Eve does the black­smith Vakula hare o last-minute to St Peters­burg in the quest for a pair of boots?

4. Whose 1926 masque On Christ­mas Night was writ­ten to ac­com­pany a bal­let based on Dick­ens’s A Christ­mas Carol?

5. Which epony­mous 1892 opera char­ac­ter, hav­ing shot him­self in his study on Christ­mas Night, dies to the sound of chil­dren singing ‘Noël’?

Re­mem­ber the date

Which works com­monly as­so­ci­ated with Christ­mas were first per­formed on the fol­low­ing dates?

6. 13 April 1742, The Great Mu­sic Hall, Fisham­ble Street, Dublin

7. 25 De­cem­ber 1734 – 6 Jan­uary 1735, St Thomas and St Ni­cholas churches, Leipzig

8. 18 De­cem­ber 1892, Mari­in­sky Theatre, St Peters­burg

9. 1 Fe­bru­ary 1896, Teatro Re­gio, Turin

10. 5 De­cem­ber 1942 in the li­brary at Nor­wich Cas­tle (first ver­sion) and 4 De­cem­ber 1943 at Wig­more Hall, London (com­pleted ver­sion)

Let it snow

Four com­posers have made their way into our win­try scene (above right). Can you name them?

Ques­tions 11. to 14.

Name that tune

15. In which fa­mous aria from Dvorûák’s opera Rusalka does the epony­mous hero­ine de­clare to its ad­dressee her love for the Prince?

16. Name the dra­matic Old Tes­ta­ment­based can­tata by Wil­liam Wal­ton that was first per­formed at the Leeds Fes­ti­val on 8 Oc­to­ber 1931?

17. By what sea­sonal nick­name is Tchaikovsky’s First Sym­phony o en re­ferred to?

18. Which 1867 tone poem by Mu­sorgsky was later ar­ranged by Leopold Stokowski (pic­tured be­low) for the 1940 Walt Dis­ney film Fan­ta­sia?

19. One word from each of the four an­swers from Ques­tions 15-18 ap­pears in the first verse of a well-known carol. What is the carol in ques­tion?

Put the dec­o­ra­tions up

20. How many ‘la’s are sung by the top line in the first verse of Deck the Halls (no ‘fa’s, please…)?

21. Where might you tra­di­tion­ally hear the tune to ‘O Christ­mas Tree’ (‘O Tan­nen­baum’) sung by a gath­er­ing of thou­sands on a Wed­nes­day a er­noon in late-septem­ber/early Oc­to­ber ev­ery year?

22. Whose Shakespeare-in­spired masque The Fairy Queen was first per­formed in London on 2 May 1692?

23. The Shaker song Sim­ple Gi!s plays a prom­i­nent role in which Co­p­land bal­let?

24. What is the cor­rect ti­tle of the carol that be­gins with the line ‘Now the holly bears a berry…’?

Look­ing back…

25. Where was Span­ish so­prano Sabina Puér­to­las at the be­gin­ning of 2018 when she un­ex­pect­edly re­ceived a call from the Royal Opera House ur­gently ask­ing her to come and sing the part of Gilda in Verdi’s Rigo­letto?

26. In April, London’s Kings Place staged Slow Pixel, an au­dio-visual work per­formed by 176 of what type of crea­ture?

27. On 1 May 2018, which fa­mous vo­cal group cel­e­brated the 50th an­niver­sary of its first pro­fes­sional per­for­mance?

28. Can you name the Rus­sian so­prano who duet­ted with singer Rob­bie Wil­liams at the open­ing of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow?

29. Who re­turned a er an ab­sence of 18 years to con­duct his 12th Last Night of the Proms in Septem­ber?

30. Which Cata­lan op­er­atic su­per­star died at the age of 85 on 6 Oc­to­ber?

How do you think you did? Are you a shin­ing star or per­haps a bit of a Christ­mas pud­ding? Turn to page 120 for the an­swers

Nightly song: Kris­tine Opo­lais as Dvorûák’s Rusalka (Ques­tion 17)

Lov­ing an­gels: Rob­bie Wil­liams …and who? (Ques­tion 28)

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