Jan 20

King William’s College Kwizz 2019. FT Round 10

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 1 whose opera was inspired by Virgil?
 2 who honoured Queen Anne’s consort with a stimulating voluntary?
 3 who wrote music for the attendant to Prospero as he donned his ducal robes?
 4 who wrote music forever patriotically associated with our green and pleasant land?
 5 who named a composition after a mighty biblical hunter in honour of his editor and friend?
 6 and whose music, for words originally penned by a mediaeval Tuscan poet, is named after his Cotswold birthplace?
 7 whose celestial composition was renamed after which Essex village, for ecclesiastical use?
 8 who composed an opera with juvenile involvement based on a story from Genesis?
 9 and whose cantata was based on a Babylonian banquet described by Daniel?
10 Whose combined effort for a Strand theatre ended in a duel?


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    anatol_merklich on 23 Jan 2020 #

    British composers?

    #5: The best-known movement of Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations”, each of which is for one of his friends or associates, is titled “Nimrod”, as the hunter from the Book of Genesis.
    #9: Looks like “Belshazzar’s Feast” by William Walton.

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    Chelovek na lune on 23 Jan 2020 #

    4 presumably Parry (for Blake’s poem that is not in fact, as far as Blake was concerned, called Jerusalem)

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    The Lurker on 23 Jan 2020 #

    #1 is Purcell (Dido and Aeneas)

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    Tim on 23 Jan 2020 #

    #6: Holst was born in Cheltenham IIRC (more Gloucestershire!) but I am not familiar enough with his work to know if he wrote anything named after Cheltenham or some subset of Cheltenham.

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    mark sinker on 23 Jan 2020 #

    8: is Benjamin Britten’s Noyes Fludde, in which the animals arriving two by two are sung by schoolchildren (it features in Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom)

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    mark sinker on 23 Jan 2020 #

    and i forget the composer of 9 but i sang in it as a kid: one of the lines sung to the lions in their den is “bite him! bite him! bite him! bite him! bite him! bite him!”

    (adding: it’s from the era when joseph and his amazing TCDC was a hit or a bout to be one, and a bunch of rival pop-religious cantatas sprang into follow-up mode — except i *think* daniel predates joseph?)

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    Tim on 23 Jan 2020 #

    Haha long-buried memory alert: we also sang 9 as kids, and the music teacher objected to our lazy westcountry pronunciation (no one was sounding the h of “him”) by repeatedly shouting “bye Tim!” and waving at me. I found this attention unwarranted and annoying.

    I can’t remember who wrote it either.

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    Alan on 23 Jan 2020 #

    Anatol said it up there ^^. He was no Michael Hurd tho, amirite??!

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    mark sinker on 23 Jan 2020 #

    anatol is referring to a very different cantata!

    (and may well be correct, as the walton is surely a more famous piece cf the massed memories of the FT commenters’ choir not actually remembering the “bye tim” composer’s name)

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    mark sinker on 23 Jan 2020 #

    my “belshazzar’s feast” anecdote no longer stretches to remembering what it sounds like, only that in the “book of funny things small mark said” kept by my parents in the very early 60s i apparently responded to a radio performance of walton’s great work as the critic i wd one day become: “music is peeping, tooting and crashing”

    (so i guess that is what it sounds like)

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    The Lurker on 23 Jan 2020 #

    I suspect 10 is referring to Gilbert & Sullivan, but I don’t know know which of their opera has a duel in it.

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    Tim on 23 Jan 2020 #

    Ah yes Anatol is surely correct about 9 which means I am free to make a cursory google for the version of Daniel in the lions’ den Mark and I remember. It seems to be “The Daniel Jazz”, music by Herbert Chappell, dates from ’63 and words by Vachel Lindsay from 1920 or thereabouts.

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    mark sinker on 23 Jan 2020 #

    Chappell died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease on October 20 2019, aged 85.[3]

    :( :( :(

    tbf they’re BOTH daniel-linked cantatas set in babylon tho i guess the lions in the vachel lindsay version did not actually get *their* banquet

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    Phil on 23 Jan 2020 #

    I knew a ton of these, so I’m a bit miffed that I let you lot get in before me. Although not as miffed as everyone else would have been if I hadn’t, so it all works out.

    2 is Jeremiah Clarke, and 7 is Holst and Thaxted (based on Jupiter).

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    Tim on 23 Jan 2020 #

    … which probably means Holst isn’t the answer to 6.

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    anatol_merklich on 24 Jan 2020 #

    The biggest unused yet are probably:

    – Vaughan Williams
    – Delius
    – Tippett
    – Warlock (ok not that big but on the other hand weird)
    – The Ancients (Gibbons, Dowland, Byrd, Fayrfax, etc, when did Queen Anne reign anyway?)
    – others I’ve forgotten

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    mark sinker on 24 Jan 2020 #

    Also: Arnold Bax and maybe Constant Lambert?

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    Phil on 24 Jan 2020 #

    10, re G & S – didn’t one of them die relatively young, & didn’t the one who outlived him collaborate less successfully with other people? One of those partnerships might have ended in an actual duel, if the show was a dud.

    Otherwise I think we’re only short 3 and 6. 3, now I look at it, refers to the composer becoming a Duke, which ought to narrow it down.

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    The Lurker on 24 Jan 2020 #

    #18 – I don’t think clue 3 is saying that – it’s referring to Prospero donning his (Prospero’s) robes, which he does towards the end of the Tempest. The attendant will be Ariel, who sings one of his songs at that point, which someone has presumably set to music.

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    mark sinker on 24 Jan 2020 #

    i looked up 10 and it is G&S, who had indeed parted ways but afterwards reconciled: their final collaboration — the grand duke, not well known today and not a success at the time — does end in a duel. they then parted again, this time for good as sullivan died shortly after (aged 58), after which a saddened g wrote no more libretti. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grand_Duke

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    Phil on 26 Jan 2020 #

    ##19, 20 – stroll on. The song in question is “Where the bee sucks, there suck I”, if that helps anyone.

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    jeff w on 27 Jan 2020 #

    Late to this obviously, but #6 is Vaughan Williams’s Down Ampney, his birthplace and the popular name of a hymn he wrote the music for.

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