Bach’s Mass in B Minor Trivia

  1. When did Bach finish composing the B Minor Mass?
  • 1749
  • 1780
  • 1700
  • 1750

*Bach finished this piece one year before his death.

  1. How many years after its composition was the B Minor Mass performed in its entirety?
  • 10 years
  • 20 years
  • 50 years
  • 100 years
  1. What is Bach’s nationality?
  • German
  • Austrian
  • American
  • French
  1. Which of the following pieces is NOT a work composed by Bach?
  • Brandenburg Concertos
  • The Well-Tempered Clavier
  • St Mathews Passion
  • The Swan Lake Ballet
  1. Which of the following is one of Bach’s favorite activities?
  • Creating and solving puzzles
  • Cooking
  • Swimming
  • Dancing

*Bach was deeply interested in mathematics, puzzles and numerology. He created his own monogram by layering the letter J to create this shape:

  1. Approximately, how many works by Bach have survived and been cataloged?
  • 1,080
  • 20,000
  • 5,000
  • 200
  1. What was the first instrument Bach learned, and who was his first teacher?
  • Violin, His Father Johann Ambrosius Bach
  • Viola, His Mom
  • Piano, Mozart
  • Violin, Beethoven

* Bach’s father Johann Ambrosius Bach was a 7th generation musician, and carried on the tradition by teaching him how to play the violin.

  1. Other than his composition and his violin playing, what was Bach praised for?
  • His vocal talents and his fine voice
  • His viola playing
  • His swimming
  • His Cooking

* In 1700, Bach was granted a scholarship at St. Michael’s School in Luneburg for his fine voice.



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