Trivia Quiz: Guess the Classical Period Composer behind the mask!
1. Was it Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven? This composer once went to the country and loitered around people's neighborhoods. His clothes and hair were so dirty that people thought he was a bum and some locals actually reported him to the police. This composer actually spent the night in jail, but all the while he kept screaming "I'm so-and-so ...a famous composer!" But the police didn't believe him until this composer's friend came down and identified him.
2. Was it Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven? This composer's last composition was left unfinished. He died before he could finish his Requiem Mass in D Minor, but his student finished the work for him. It is rumored that the man who commissioned the work was going to try to pass it off as his own composition but, this composer's wife Constanza that it was, in fact, her husband, who had composed the piece and been commissioned and that she was due a fee for the work.
3. Was it Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven? This composer was famous for his pranks. While studying at St. Stephens Cathedral, he cut off the ponytail of a fellow choir member. He was expelled from school and dismissed with no home to go to! While on the street, this composer became a "street serenade" ..or street musician … and was soon discovered by a successful composer who took him in as a student.
4. Was it Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven? This composer had the habit of pouring cold water over his head as a means of invigorating himself while working. He also enjoyed brisk "thinking" walks through town and country, during which he sometimes worked out details of his future compositions.
5. Was it Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven? This composer was affectionately called "Papa" by many people. He was also known as the "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String Quartet". He wasn't the actual inventor of the symphony or quartet, but because he perfected them to such a high degree, he is also known as the "Father of the Symphony" and the 'Father of the String Quartet".
6. Was it Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven? This composer had a pet starling (a bird) that he got at a Vienna pet shop on May 27, 1784. The bird had been singing a movement from the composer's Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major. The bird was this composer's constant companion and even moved with the composer to his ritzy Vienna apartment.