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1. Which composer has given us the December 1724 version of "Didone abbandonata" ("Dido Abandoned")? His style is recognisable in the instrumental work "Adagio in G minor" popularly titled as part of the "Concerto for Oboe".
2. Who wrote incidental music for many of Shakespeare's plays in the 1740's but is best known for the anthem "Rule, Britannia"?
3. There is some discussion about who composed the first opera (in Italian). But the first opera in the French language is beyond discussion the 1671 opera "Pomone". Who was this composer (not one of the best known French composers)?
4. Although he was from German descent, the composer of "Alceste" (1767) and "Orfeo ed Eurydice" (1762) produced his music almost solely for French and Italian libretti. Who was this composer, who only produced his last opera in his own language?
5. "Ombra mai fu" is the best known aria of the opera "Serse" (1738), although most recordings are only the instrumental version (the singing part was intended for a soprano castrato, but nowadays only some countertenors can sing it). Who was the composer?
6. Everyone who takes a quiz on early opera will meet a question on the composer of "L'Orfeo" (1607), the earliest opera that still has regular performances. Who composed this masterpiece?
7. Since the beginning of this quiz, you're wondering what was the first opera. Well, there is some doubt: "La Dafne" (1597) has been totally lost, while "Euridice" (1600) still exists. But both these operas were produced by the same composer. Who is thus the composer of the first opera?
8. Musical talent quite often pops up in many members of the same family. What is the family name of the composers Alessandro (1660-1725) and his brother Francesco (1666-1741), Alessandro's sons Domenico (1685-1757) and Pietro Filippo (1679-1750)? There is also the nephew of either Alessandro or Domenico, named Giuseppe (1718-1777).
9. Johann Theile was a less known German Baroque composer. In 1678 his opera "Der erschaffene, gefallene und aufgerichtete Mensch" went in première. But this opera has also a shorter title. What is the shorter title for this opera with a biblical theme?
10. In 1701 the opera "La purpura della rosa" (translated as "The Blood of the Rose") by Tomas de Torrejon y Velasco had its first night. In which city was this premiere?
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