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.
From the archives. This week's contestants is trombonist and classical arranger Paul Hanna from Tallahassee, Florida, who is joined at the end by his wife Christine, who it turns out had been listening in on an extension line. The hidden song was fascinating -- it was one of the few times I've been able to pick out for absolute certain which hand is playing the song, and I listened closely to it, separating those notes out, and there was a familiarity to, but I just couldn't get it. But...I eventually did. And there's a very clever twist to what it is. As for the composer style, I was way off, which is surprising since he's one of my favorite composers.
From the archives. The contestant this week is Duncan Holmes from Fredricksburg, Texas. I didn't get either the hidden song or composer style, though was close on the composer style since my guess was the same as the contestant's (which pianist Bruce Adolph said was "very close.") But not a clue with the hidden song, and the contestant got it right away. (Indeed, even host Fred Childe said he was amazed by that.) But it's one of those when I heard the replay it was clear, so others may get it. The composer though is one of those who is likely going to be, "Well, it seems to be one of maybe three" and then toss a coin. But maybe you'll have good coins...
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. 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.
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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