From the archives. 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 guest is Judy Delaney from Rochester, New York. I got the hidden song surprisingly quickly, though I'm not sure if most people will. Even host Fred Child wasn't able to get it. But it's a song from an area of music that's in my wheelhouse. took a guess on the composer style, but it was just a stab in the dark, and I was wrong. Though as it turns out, I was closer than I thought I'd be.
From the archives. This week's contestant is Beatrice "Bee" Newman from Kapa'a, Hawaii. The short version is that it was a washout for me. Though I did come close on the composer. My guess was the same as the contestant, composer Bruce Adolphe said "You couldn't have been closer, and it could have been that person, it's that close," but it wasn't. As for the song, it's hugely known, very famous, but wonderfully hidden, so I didn't get it. There's one passage that might make it clear to some, but I just wasn't focusing enough to get it.
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 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.
From the archives. This week's contestant is Lorelei Costa from Southern Shores, North Carolina. The hidden song was exceedingly easy, gettable within seconds. The composer style is one of those where there are three of four names I overlap. I got it wrong. But what's funny is that the contestant was a little stumped, too, but said she knows that on "Piano Puzzler" that always say when it doubt, go with your gut, so she did and got it -- and oddly enough, that had been my first thought, too, so if I'd "gone with my gut," I'd have guessed it, as well. But it was a composer I just don't know well, and decided not to go with a composer I didn't know well. Wrong choice..
This week's contestant is Deb Anderson from Robbinsdale, Minnesota. The hidden song should be pretty easy. The composer style, too -- but for me, it was a guess of one of a few, and I guessed wrong.
From the archives, this week's contestant is Alex Strong from Bloomington, Indiana. This is one of the more unlikely songs I've heard Bruce Adolphe hide in a classical style. Somewhat as a result of that it's a pretty easy song to guess, I think, but that nonetheless makes it quite fun to listen to. The composer style is definitely gettable, too, although it's from a period that most people probably have a difficult time differentiating between several of the better known composers of the era.
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 Cayce Wilkinson from Council Bluffs, Iowa. I didn't have a clue on the hidden song (as neither did the contestant or host Fred Child), though did at least get it on the second pass when pianist Bruce Adolphe brought the song out more. And I was totally stumped on the composer style, with only a few possibilities in mind...but then near the very end I made one different guess -- and was right.
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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