This week's contestant is Rob Scheinberg from Hoboken, New Jersey. The good news is that I got the composer style pretty quickly. It's someone that I often toss-up with one other composer, but I guessed the right one here. But I didn't have a clue with the hidden song. However, on the second pass, oddly enough I did think I had an idea of the composer of the hidden song, and was at least right about that. And when host Fred Child gave his first clue I immediately got it. That doesn't count, but it gives me tiny comfort.
Aloha, from the archives. This week's contestant is Steven Buchtal from Honolulu, Hawaii. I think it's gettable. The song is nicely hidden, but well-known and becomes fairly recognizable. The composer style should be clear, because of the piece of music it's based on, though whether people know who wrote it is another matter...
The contestant this week is is Kelly Ferjutz from Cleveland, Ohio. I had difficulty at first with the hidden song at first, but a passage made it eminently clear. As for the composer style, it sounds like something that seems very guessable by those who really know such things well, and indeed is completely accessible and someone extremely well-known, but alas I didn't get it.
This week's contestant is Jonathan Jager from Los Angeles, California. I got the hidden song fairly early, and know I should have gotten the composer style, it had such a familiarity to it, but my guess was off. Happily, host Fred Child was stumped, as well, so I don't feel alone.
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.
For today's Piano Puzzler, the contest is Gina Doorn from Los Alamos, New Mexico. I was able to get the hidden song pretty quickly, and was surprised when she struggled with it -- though she did far better than me with the composer style. She still struggled a bit, but even composer Bruce Adolph acknowledged it was one of the toughest he's done.
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 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.
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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