From the archives. For the Piano Puzzler today, the contestant is Eric Ebbenga. It took a short while to pull out the hidden song, but I think it should eventually become quite clear to most people. And I felt it likely that I had the composer style, as well. But it was between two composers, and I guessed wrong. Listening to Bruce Adolphe play the piece again, I can see where I guessed wrong. You may have better luck.
From the archives, this week's contestant is David Hempling. from San Francisco. It's a very easy hidden song to get. As for the hidden composer style, it's clear after hearing the answer, but I didn't find it typical for that composer so I missed it.
Surprisingly, this week’s Piano Puzzler is not from the archives. The contestants are Lynda and Doug Miller from Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. If you don’t get the hidden song, you’re not trying. I’d even say that it you don’t get it within three seconds you need a refresher course. As for the composer style, it came down to two possibilities – though I had three in mind, but eliminated one whose works I don’t know quite well enough to guess -- and actually, there it should have been a fourth person, who foolishly I didn’t think of. And I missed it, because it was that “third” who I just didn't know well-enough and so eliminated..
We didn't get a chance to post a Piano Puzzler over the weekend, so I thought I'd drop one in today. From the archives, the contestant on this week's episode is Jackie Aivaliotis from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At first I thought I didn't have a clue, particularly since it's a style of music that is generally a totally toss-up for me. And the song was well-hidden. Then I thought I might have the hidden song. And then...I didn't, and didn't have a clue. But then I was certain that I did know the hidden song -- and was right. And was even correct on my guess of the composer style. So...going from "not a clue" to getting both -- huzzah!
From the archives, this week's contestant is Dan Larkin, from Windsor, California. The hidden song should be very easy to guess, I think, and probably pretty early on. There were three composers I thought it might be in the style of. I had one in mind, but changed -- and it was the contestant's guess, as well, but it wasn't that. It also wasn't one of the other two. So, I was wrong. But I should have gotten it. And I think others have a good chance of getting it.
For Memorial Day, we have a bonus edition of Piano Puzzler. From the archives, the contestant is Genevieve Wilde from Quakertown, Pennsylvania. I could hear the tune, and almost clearly, but just couldn't get it. It's definitely known, and I got it later when pianist Bruce Adolphe brought the music out more, but it was tough, even though known and clear. The composer style seemed to be from an era that I overlap a lot of people, so I took a guess. I was surprised that I was somewhat close, but didn't get that either.
From the archives. This week's contestants are Peter and Mary-Bess Staffel from Bethany, West Virginia. This is an oddity: although I got both parts, it was touch-and-go that I would. I could tell the composer of the hidden song right away, but it took me a short while to "sing through" the song to get the title, but I did get it. It's well known, but might not be so for everyone. And the composer style was very guessable...but...it came down to two possibilities who overlap a bit. But I guessed right.
From the archives. This week's contestant is Wiley Newbold from Morgantown, West Virginia. And I wave the white flag. I could hear the hidden song -- and hear it easily. But I just didn't have a clue what it was. Nor did contestant...though he did an admirable job on his own working his way through the possibilities to guess it. And it's a well-known enough song. As for the composer style, I'm sure some will guess it. But it's a style that overlaps with a few people, and I just didn't get it.
From the archives. This week's contestant is Caroline Cassil from Sutherlin, Oregon. If you don't get the composer style within three seconds (and the specific piece it's based on), you're not trying. The hidden song is tougher. Until halfway through, when a passage leaps out. But they're very well interwoven, so you have to catch the passage. There's also a wonderful musical joke between the classical piece and the hidden tune.
No, not from the archives this week. We have a new Piano Puzzler with contestant Kate Lamberton of Hanover, PA. I didn’t have a clue with the composer style, though I was surprised that my only guess was in the right genre and nationality. However, I did get the hidden song pretty quickly.
Robert J. Elisberg is a two-time recipient of the Lucille Ball Award for comedy screenwriting. He's written for film, TV, the stage, and two best-selling novels, is a regular columnist for the Writers Guild of America and was for the Huffington Post. Among his other writing, he has a long-time column on technology (which he sometimes understands), and co-wrote a book on world travel. As a lyricist, he is a member of ASCAP, and has contributed to numerous publications.
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