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.
This week's contestant is Sarah Hopkins from Scarsdale, New York. I actually got both the hidden song and composer style on this one, which surprised me. The hidden song was pretty tough, though it eventually became quite clear to me. And though the composer style is extremely well-known, it's one that oddly I rarely get. But did this time. Huzzah!
From the archives. This week's contestant is Stacy Fahrion from Denver, Colorado. The hidden song was on the tip of my tongue, and I knew I knew it, but I just couldn't place it. And then I did. Some will likely get it far earlier than I did, because the tip of their is much clearer. As for the composer style, it's one of those styles I just don't know well enough and mix-and-match about four or five different people. So, I didn't get it.
This week's contestant is Sana Sarfraz from Agoura Hills, California. I found the hidden song extremely easy, though it took about 10 seconds for it to kick in, and I think most people have a good chance to get it, as well -- though the contestant (for a specific reason, I suspect) did not. As for the composer style, this is one of those I can toss a dice on because there are maybe half a dozen similar composers I can't significantly differentiate between. I thought it was one of them, but oddly confused him with the name of another I guessed -- and my guess was right...though it was an accident.
From the archive. This week's contestant is Mirabai Knight from New York, New York. At first, I thought I knew the hidden song right off, but then it went off into a different direction. And in fact, the contestant had the same guess. But then halfway through I figured it out right and got it. And the contestant's guess on composer style was mine, too -- and wrong. But close. In fact, the correct answer was my first thought. So...yep, I should have stuck with my instinct. Especially since it quotes a well-known piece.
From the archives. This week's contestant is Lessa Virnyi from Syracuse, NY. The composer style came down to two people in my mind...and to my surprise and pleasure, I guessed it correctly. As for the hidden song, it too seemed to be between two songs, as far as I could make things out, and though both the contestant and host Fred Child couldn't get it...huzzah, I was right, again. But making it all the better is that I didn't at first realize that this was from the archives, so I played along again, not knowing that it was a repeat -- and I got both right...again! Double huzzah.
The contestant on this week's Piano Puzzler is Jessie J. Marshall from Tallahassee, Florida. I got the song extremely quickly, within about five seconds. The genre of the composer style was clear, as well, but pinpointing it to the specific composer was trickier for me -- though I suspect not for some. I narrowed it down to two...and alas, guessed the wrong one, which I've found that I tend to do even though he's one of my favorites . Surprisingly, most especially since I thought the song was so clear, the contestant didn't have a clue with either.. But if you don't know the song, you don't know it. But it's pretty well-known.
The contestant on this week's Piano Puzzler 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!
The contestant today is Brent Sverdloff from Rhinebeck, New York. I was able to get the hidden song pretty quickly, and I think most people will, too. As the for the composer style, it came down to two people -- very different from one another. It seemed a touch unlike one of them, so I went out on a limb and guessed the person I didn't know well specifically because the piece was more "moody" than I associate with the other composer. And was wrong. It was that other composer.
From the archives. This week's contestant is Bob Lagerquist from Eugene, Oregon. This was one of those puzzlers where I was sure I knew the hidden song, but couldn't quite get it. And then, about halfway through I got closer...and then I got it. I think my problem was that at first it sounded like another song, and when that happens it's hard to get the song out of your head. As for the composer style, I couldn't get it. Knowing the answer now, I understand it, but it's not part of the composer's style I'm most familiar with.
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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