Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra

Using the music and clues, 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.

And tune in every Friday morning to 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


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


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