Music Trivia: Answer 9

Two-Thousand Eleven was the year Nintendo celebrated the 25th anniversary since the release of the first Zelda game, The Legend of Zelda. As part of the anniversary, in October, there was a three concert series called The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony, which performed in Tokyo, London, and Los Angles. When The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was released in November 2011, The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Special Orchestra CD was released with every special edition of the game purchased. Though a Japanese based game, the CD was recorded far from there. The 25th Anniversary Special was recorded by the Orchestra Nova San Diego at Bastyr University Chapel in Kenmore, Washington.

Sources: Youtube, MusicBrainz, Gamer Splash, Zelda Wiki, Bastyr University.

Music Trivia: Question 9

To commemorate today’s release of the Nintendo Switch and Zelda: Breath of the Wild, today’s music trivia is all about Zelda. So, which orchestra recorded The Legend of Zelda Anniversary Special Orchestra CD, and where was it recorded?

  1. Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra; Tokyo, Japan.
  2. Orchestra Nova San Diego; Kenmore, Washington.
  3. Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra; London, England.
  4. Orchestra Nova San Diego; Los Angeles, California.

 

Music Trivia: Answer 8

By the end of his short life at 35 years, Mozart wrote over 600 works, including 21 stage and opera works, 15 Masses, 41 symphonies, 25 piano concertos, 12 violin concertos, 27 concert arias, 17 piano sonatas, 26 string quartets, and more. In 1990/1991, Philips Classics produced 180 compact discs containing the complete set of authenticated works by Mozart. The complete set is equivalent to about 202 hours or over 8 days of music. Though in 2016, NPR released an article stating that in commemoration of the 225th anniversary of the composer’s death, Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition, which has 240 hours of music (30 of which feature alternate performances).

Sources: “Lives of the Musicians” by Kathleen Krull, LearnEnglish, early-music, & NPR.

Music Trivia: Answer 7

Although all four songs could be used for the entire winter season, only one is believed to be written for another holiday. “Jingle Bells” was originally written in the mid-19th century as “One Horse Open Sleigh” by James Pierpont. There are several origin stories, but the most popular is that Pierpont wrote the song for a Thanksgiving program at his father’s Sunday school; the song proved to be so popular the children were asked to sing the song again at Christmas, and it has been tied to the latter holiday ever since. The song didn’t truly become a Christmas staple until after Bing Crosby’s jazzy version of it with the Andrews Sisters in 1943.

Sources: Snopes, Mental Floss, Wikipedia, and American Music Preservation.

Music Trivia: Answer 6

We may still have some gender stereotyping when it comes to what musical instrument to play, but the reality is that the stereotyping has really broken down. During the Renaissance period, women were to have gentle, delicate, “in the home” roles. That limited their selection of instruments to plucked string instruments and some keyboard strings, like virginals. Instruments like flute and violincello were frowned upon for women because of either the distortion of the face or spreading of legs. Violin was also discouraged for women because of its association with dance. It was not until the nineteenth century that the barriers against women playing orchestral instruments such as flute, violin, and violincello were gradually broken down.

Sources: erudit, New York Public Library, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Music Trivia: Answer 5

There has been some dispute on what is the oldest instrument found, but the oldest known instrument are flutes made from bird bone and mammoth ivory (what some call the Aurignacian Flute). In 2012, scientists used carbon dating to show that the flutes were 42,000 to 43,000 years old and were found in Geißenklösterle cave. The Aurignacian refers to an ancient culture dating from the upper Paleolithic period.

Sources: BBC, Wikipedia, Youtube, New York Times, National Geographic