Many musicians work very hard to develop their listening skills and knowledge of musical styles. The “drop the needle” or “blindfold test” where you don’t get any knowledge of the music in advance is a common way to test music students’ progress.
Here’s a short quiz you can try out yourself today to see how good an ear for the styles of Mozart and Salieri. There are 10 excerpts from pieces that were either composed by Mozart or his professional rival, Salieri.
Can you beat 80%? I have to admit that I guessed on most, but I tried to make them educated guesses. Probably I got lucky on a few.