From the archives. This week's contestant is Scott Hollopeter from Grand Blanc, Michigan. I didn't get the composer style on my first guess, but...it was my second guess, at least. As for the hidden song, though -- I could hear where the song was , but just couldn't get it. Then, near the end I took a stab at the only thing it sounded like, and...to my my shock (because it was not a well-known song), I was right. I'm sure there will be people who've never heard of the song, though enough will have. Ultimately, though, whether or not you know it, it''s a very nice piece to listen to.
We have a new one this week, and the contestant is Ivan Plis from Washington, D.C. Like the contestant, I didn’t have a clue what the hidden song was, though I could sort of hear it. Nor could I get it on the second go-round even knowing the composer. I did finally get it fairly quickly on the third pass but that’s only when composer Bruce Adolph pulled the song out more, so it doesn’t count for points, though for relief. It’s pretty hard. As for the composer style, it’s one that I always think could overlap with several who I find somewhat similar and I’m not knowledgeable enough to pick out the differences.
From the archives. The contestant this week is Beth Everett from Scottsbluff, Nebraska. I got the hidden song right away, though it's a bit disjointed. (To my surprise, the contestant has some trouble with it the first time around, perhaps it's that "disjointed" nature.) As for the composer style, I thought I knew it pretty quickly -- and I did. So, that means I actually got both the hidden song AND the composer style correct! Huzzah!
From the archives. The contestant is Stephen Farrand from Freeport, Maine. It’s a tough one. I didn’t get the composer style, in large part because it’s one I’m not terribly well-versed in…and also because, while well-known, his music is not terribly familiar to people. Including me. And I couldn’t get the hidden song either – the first time through. But when composer Bruce Adolphe played it through a second time, I did get it.
I’ll also give myself a bonus point for having been in Freeport, Maine. I went several times, in fact, when working on the Stephen King movie, Pet Sematary. It’s a town of outlet stores (quite literally, they proliferate everywhere), the centerpiece of which is the home of L.L. Bean.
We have a new one this week, and the contestant is Betty Orum from Brooklyn, New York. I could hear the hidden song, and aspects of it were familiar, but not enough I thought for me to get it. I only had one guess – and to my great surprise, I was right. To my equal surprise, I’m amazed that the contestant didn’t get it even after composer-pianist Bruce Adolphe played the song straight out with no embellishment for the third time around…and she even knew the title, and said it, yet still couldn’t place it as the song – and it’s a pretty famous song for it’s, well, I”ll say “era,” without giving anything away. As for the composer style, it’s one of those eras where there are about three of four composers who, to me, sound similar, so made a guess, and was wrong.
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.
From the archives. This week's contestant is William Beyer from Des Moines, Iowa. The hidden song is extremely easy, and most people should not only get it, but get it quickly. The composer style though is one of those where I can throw a dart among several people and hope for the best. In fact, the contestant, who from his analysis of musical styles was clearly very knowledge, and he had a great deal of difficulty, though eventually got it (albeit it with a a few descriptive clues). So, I took a total guess to the one I thought it might be closest to -- and was wrong.
This week’s episode is a new one – though I almost didn’t post it. Not for any reason of quality, but because I have no idea how to spell the contestant’s name. (There’s a glitch from the American Public Radio folks, and for the past several months, every collection of new “Piano Puzzlers” has been listed with the exact same contestant name, “Claire Nalven” of Waltham, Massachusetts.) Usually, I can figure it our, or it’s from the archive, and I’ve already posted it. But this one…absolutely no idea, and I think you’ll be understanding. The contestant is “Tajus Schrinivasin” from Middlebury, Vermont. Or something like that. At least I have the Middlebury, Vermont part right! As for the Puzzler, I didn’t get either part, but it’s a fun one. I thought I had a few different guesses with the hidden song, but each time it went off in a different direction. I think I could have possibly gotten the composer style, but I was too focused on working out the hidden song that, in the end, I just made a stab and was wrong.
From the archives. This week's contestant is Jessie Marshall from Jacksonville, Florida. I was pretty sure I could hear get the hidden song fairly quickly, but it turns out I was wrong. It has a lot of similarities (let's just say they have the same heritage), but I stopped as I soon as I thought I had it. But the song is pretty well-known, so others might be able to get it. It was also easy to get the style of the hidden composer, but alas I couldn't nail it down to who. And I should have, because I like the guy. So, I suspect others will do far better than me this week.
From the archives. The contestant this week is Ann Nelson from Portland, Maine. Not a clue. The music is extremely nice, though. And very guessable. In fact, the composer style is one of my favorites, but I also seem not to get him whenever he's used in a Puzzler. And while I could hear the hidden song, and it sounded SO familiar -- and it turned out to be -- I just couldn't get it, since most of it is so well hidden. In fact, even pianist Bruce Adolph acknowledged that if anyone could guess correctly they should get a special prize since he was so pleased with how well it was hidden. I didn't get the prize.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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