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Quizzes & Wordsearches

The Impossible Quizzes

Are you brave enough to take on our impossible music quizzes. Try your luck with three levels of difficulty; Very Tricky, Extremely Hard or Impossible!

  1. Bach was a famous composer from Germany. What do his initials “JS” stand for?
  2. Where was JS.Bach born?
  3. How many wives did JS.Bach have?
  4. How many children did JS.Bach have?
  5. The Bach family were, by far, the most influential family in musical history. How many of JS.Bach’s children went on to become composers themselves?
  6. What is the title of “that creepy organ song” by JS.Bach?
  7. In which East German town was JS.Bach Kapellmeister, or “Choir Master” at St.Thomas’ Church?
  8. What instrument did JS.Bach mainly play?
  9. Bach wrote two volumes, totalling 48 Preludes and Fugues for keyboard instruments. What was the title of this collection of keyboard music? And why was it so important to future musicians?
  10. True/False? JS.Bach once said, “It’s easy to play any musical instrument: All you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.”


  1. Johann Sebastian
  2. Eisenach, Germany
  3. Two
  4. Twenty
  5. Four
  6. Toccata & Fugue in D Minor
  7. Leipzig
  8. Pipe Organ/Church Organ
  9. “The Well Tempered Clavier” - This set of pieces set out the rules for diatonic harmony in every major and minor key.
  10. True


  1. What was the full name of the composer known as Beethoven?
  2. What disability did Beethoven suffer from in later life?
  3. How many operas did Beethoven write and what were they called?
  4. In which musical discipline did the composer Joseph Haydn teach Beethoven?
  5. What instrument did Beethoven play in his early years in a Court Orchestra in order to supplement his piano teaching income?
  6. Is Beethoven considered to be a “Classical” or “Romantic” composer?
  7. Beethoven moved to Vienna in late 1792. What kind of dance form is Vienna most famous for?
  8. While living in Vienna, Beethoven did not initially set out to become a composer, instead concentrating on becoming a virtuoso performer of which musical instrument?
  9. Fill in the blank... Beethoven’s Third Symphony is known as the “H______” Symphony.
  10. Beethoven’s Ninth and final symphony, “The Choral”, uses the theme “Ode to Joy” in the last movement. What ceremonial purpose is “Ode to Joy” used for today?


  1. Ludwig Van Beethoven
  2. Deafness
  3. One - “Fidelio”
  4. Orchestration
  5. Viola
  6. Both - Classical and early Romantic
  7. The Waltz
  8. Piano
  9. The “Heroic” Symphony
  10. Anthem of the European Union


  1. Franz Schubert died very young at the age of 31, but managed to write a huge volume of music. How many songs did he write?
  2. One of Schubert’s songs was called “Die Forelle” and was later the basis for a Piano Quintet. What does “Die Forelle” mean in English?
  3. Like Beethoven, Schubert wrote nine Symphonies. What is special about Symphony No.8?
  4. What is the title of Schubert’s Ninth Symphony?
  5. Schubert was nicknamed, “Schwammerl” by his friends due to his short stature. What does this term mean in English?
  6. In March 1828, on the anniversary of Beethoven’s death, Schubert gave a public concert of his own works which was a critical and financial success, only to be soon overshadowed after by the first public performances in Vienna by which Virtuoso Violinist?
  7. Five days before Schubert’s death, Karl Holz brought his String Quartet to play for the dying composer. Holz commented that, “the King of Harmony has sent the King of Song a friendly bidding to the crossing.” Who is the “King of Harmony” to which Holz was referring?
  8. Schubert dropped out of his degree course to focus on composing. What subject did he decide to shelve?
  9. Which German electronic music group released an instrumental piece called “Franz Schubert” in 1977?
  10. The Austrian Mint issued a commemorative 50 Schilling silver coin how many years after Schubert’s death?
  1. 602 (600 is acceptable near answer!)
  2. The Trout
  3. 8th Symphony was unfinished. Only two movements are complete.
  4. “The Great C Major.”
  5. “Diminutive”, or “Little Mushroom”.
  6. Niccolo Paganini
  7. Ludwig Van Beethoven
  8. Law
  9. Kraftwerk
  10. 150 years.


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