Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra

Use the music and clues to test your knowledge of some of the most popular classical tunes.
Or, enjoy a listen to the WATD 95.9 FM replay for the full experience that includes a bonus round (plus delightful banter as only Steven Karidoyanes can provide!)

The answers can be found at the bottom of the page.

Tune in every Friday morning to WATD 95.9 FM hear the latest tune--call in if you know the answer!


Clue: This music was used in Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and is always the final piece played by the Vienna Philharmonic during their annual New Year's concert.

Listen to the May 1, 2020 Episode


Clue: This music premiered in 1928 as a ballet and it became the composer's most famous composition. It was used in Blake Edward's 1979 film starring Dudley Moore and Bo Derek.

Listen to the May 8, 2020 Episode


Clue: United Airlines has been using this music in their commercials for decades. It premiered in New York in 1924 and integrates jazz elements with classical concert music.

Listen to the May 15, 2020 Episode


Clue: This music inspired a lot of future composers such as John Williams and the Star Wars saga (think Darth Vader's theme music). It was used in the movies Apocalypse Now, The Blues Brothers, and Bugs Bunny: What's Opera Doc?

Listen to the May 22, 2020 Episode


Clue: This march was written at the turn of the century and used during the coronation of King George VII. The music has become a must-play at graduations, and its title comes from a line in Shakespeare's play Othello.

Listen to the May 29, 2020 Episode


Clue: Many brides have walked down the aisle to this one! Composed during the early Baroque period, three different violin sections play exactly the same thing, two measures apart. This soothing music was a one hit wonder, "but what a wonderful wonder!"

Listen to the June 5, 2020 Episode (very special guest phoned in to guess this one!)


Clue: The composer of this music also wrote Scheherazade based on the collection of folktales, One Thousand and One Nights. It was written for the opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan, and was the opening theme music to the radio and television show The Green Hornet.

Listen to the June 12, 2020 Episode


Clue: The composer of this selection celebrates his 250th birthday this year, prompting many orchestras to program his music throughout 2020. The origin of its title dates back to 1830 when a German poet's review compared the rippling effect of the first few notes to a boat floating on Switzerland's Lake Lucerne beneath the moonlight.

Listen to the June 19, 2020 Episode


Clue: Do you suddenly feel hungry? This music was featured in a popular promotional campaign for the beef industry. The composer has been referred to as the "Dean of American Music" for his incorporation of American folk songs into his work. He wrote this piece for his cowboy ballet, Rodeo.

Listen to the June 26, 2020 Episode


Clue: The composer was not a big fan of this piece; nonetheless, it became one of his most popular, along with his ballet scores to The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake. While Americans associate it with the 4th of July, the music actually commemorates the successful defense of Russia against Napoleon's invading army.

Listen to the July 3, 2020 Episode


Clue: This concert overture was inspired by one of Shakespeare's well known plays. It is considered to be this composer's first masterpiece. Think "love."

Listen to the July 10, 2020 Episode


Clue: This piece comes from a very dramatic folk opera composed by a very popular 20th century composer. The song became a popular jazz standard.

Listen to the July 31, 2020 Episode


Clue: This music comes from an Italian comic opera first performed in Argentina. The composer's most famous opera is William Tell. For this, think haircuts.

Listen to the August 7, 2020 Episode


Clue: This piece is most well known as the theme music for a popular television mystery series. The composer wrote 12 operas, his most famous being Faust.

Listen to the August 14, 2020 Episode


Clue: Written in 1902 by the composer dubbed the "King of Ragtime". It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score and Adaptation in the 1973 film, The Sting.

Listen to the August 28, 2020 Episode


Clue: This piece comes from a larger collection of musical portraits, all variations on a theme. This is the 9th in the series and pays homage to the composer's friend.

Listen to the September 4, 2020 Episode


Clue: This piece was to be named after Napoleon Bonaparte...until he declared himself Emperor of France! The irate composer changed the name to celebrate the "spirit of the common person."

Listen to the September 11, 2020 Episode


Clue: This is the 4th movement of a symphonic suite composed in 1888 and inspired by the collection of tales and legends, One Thousand and One Nights (also known as The Arabian Nights).

Listen to the September 18, 2020 Episode


Clue: 2020 is the 250th anniversary of this composer's birth year. The opening notes to movement no. 2 were the closing theme for a popular American evening news program from 1956-1970.

Listen to the September 25, 2020 Episode


Clue: Published in 1899, this was the composer's first. The piece soared in popularity becoming a model within its genre, earning the composer the moniker, "King of Ragtime."

Listen to the October 2, 2020 Episode


Clue: This music comes from the 2nd act, scene one of an 1853 opera. The sounds give the biggest hint: Romani striking their anvils at dawn while singing the praise of good work, wine and good company.

Listen to the October 9, 2020 Episode


Clue: Referred to as "incidental music," this piece was written in 1875 to accompany dramatic moments within a play. The iconic music has become part of popular culture even in recent years.

Listen to the October 16, 2020 Episode


Clue: The composer of this piece is widely considered the greatest pianist of all time. His playing inspired Beethoven to kiss him on the forehead following one of his childhood performances.

Listen to the October 23, 2020 Episode


Clue: An ancient Russian legend inspired this tone poem and depicts nighttime revelries of spirits. This "musical picture" became popularized when Walt Disney incorporated the ghostly music into the animated film, Fantasia.

Listen to the October 30, 2020 Episode


Clue: Written in 1893 by a composer dubbed 'the march king," this tune is also the theme music for a popular British TV show that aired 1969-1974. The comedy show and the music live on through public television.

Listen to the November 6, 2020 Episode



The answers:

May 1 episode: Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss Jr

May 8 episode: Bolero by Maurice Ravel

May 15 episode: Rhapsody In Blue by George Gershwin

May 22 episode: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner

May 29 episode: Pomp and Circumstance by Edward Elgar

June 5 episode: Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel

June 12 episode: Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

June 19 episode: Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven

June 26 episode: Hoe-Down by Aaron Copland

July 3 episode: 1812 Overture by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

July 10 episode: Romeo and Juliet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

July 31 episode: Summertime by George Gershwin

August 7 episode: The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini

August 14 episode: Funeral March of a Marionette by Charles Gounod

August 28 episode: The Entertainer by Scott Joplin

September 4 episode: Nimrod variation from Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar

September 11 episode: Symphony No. 3, Heroic Symphony (Sinfonia Eroica) by Ludwig van Beethoven

September 18 episode: Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

September 25 episode: Symphony No. 9 by Ludwig van Beethoven

October 2 episode: Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin

October 9 episode: Anvil Chorus by Giuseppe Verdi

October 16 episode: In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg

October 23 episode: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Franz Liszt

October 30 episode: Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky

November 6 episode: The Liberty Bell (march) by John Philip Sousa

November 13 episode: Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland

November 27 episode: The Dance of the Hours from the opera La Gioconda (The Joyful Girl) by Amilcare Ponchielli

December 4 episode: The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart



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