From the archives. This week's contestant is Kevin Shaw from Charlotte, North Carolina. I was pretty sure that I had the hidden song -- but I didn't. There were quite a few passages that overlap, but alas not enough. Which is why I was wrong. And the composer style is one that just isn't in my ballpark -- though my guess was the same as the contestant's, and he was told that he was close. But close or not, I don't think it's one I could likely have done. So, in the end, I was 0-for 2... But that means there's nowhere to go but up!!
This week’s contestant is Steven Buchthal from Honolulu, Hawai. While I didn’t get the composer style, I did almost immediately get the classical piece this was based on, since it was totally clear to me, but I had a brain freeze about who wrote it. (The composer isn’t terribly well-known, but extremely well-known for this particular composition.) Not long after, though, I got the hidden song, which was pretty easy.
From the archives. This week's contestant is Gina Doorn from Los Alamos, New Mexico. I got the hidden song very fast, and it should be pretty easy, though the contestant had a much harder time than I thought. The composer style was a toss-up for me. The general style was clear, and I was right about that, but not the specific composer who, as pianist Bruce Adolphe noted, is a major known artist, but not well-known. I missed it, but shockingly he was my second guess.
For the New Year weekend, I figured I'd go with back-to-back Piano Puzzlers, just because. And so, we head to the archives. Today's contestant is Jonathan Jager from Los Angeles. I got the hidden song very fast, and it should be extremely easy, since I didn’t find it all that well-hidden. I’m a bit stunned that the contestant not only had to ask to hear it a second time, but didn’t get it even then. As for the composer style, I got the era and country right, but not the right person.
This week's contestant is Beatrice "Bee" Newman from Kapaa, Hawaii. As for the hidden song, I didn’t have a clue. It’s hugely well-known, but I found it deeply very well-hidden, even when I knew what it was and composer Bruce Adolphe played it again. Though host Fred Child got it, so it’s clearly guessable. I didn’t get the composer style either, though at least it was the same guess as the contestant, and t Bruce Adolph said, “You couldn’t have been closer.” But it doesn’t count.
This week's contestant is Colleen Studnick from Katy, Texas. And I didn’t have a clue. Remarkably, the contestant got both the hidden song (quickly, she said) and composer style, so there’s hope for other folks. On second listening, I could hear the hidden song – sort of – but it’s very well hidden, since it's extremely popular. And the composer style just isn’t a genre I know well, though the answer is someone very well-known, and I was far off.
From the archives. The guest this week is Roger Reynolds from Ashland, Virginia. I got the hidden song almost immediately, and it's one of the least-hidden songs that Bruce Adolphe has done, so I suspect most people will get it. I have a feeling that the reason it's so poorly hidden is because it overlaps not a composer style, but an existing piece of music. Alas, as absolutely familiar and recognizable as that music is...I just couldn't name the composer whose style it was.
This week's contestant is Lessa Vernyi from Syracuse, New York. The composer style should be quite gettable -- it'll likely be close between two choices, but one of them is more clear. The hidden song is very familiar, but not a "well-known" song, and being nicely hidden is pretty tough to name, I think. Still, it's a fun piece to listen to.
From the archives. This week's contestant is Bob McCauley from Houston, Texas. The hidden song should be very easy to guess, though I'm happy to say that I got it within 2-3 notes. For the composer style, it was a toss-up for me among half a dozen people, and I didn't get it. But you have several to choose from, so you may have better luck. But it's still tough -- because the correct answer wasn't among my half dozen. Though he's well-known.
From the archives. 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!
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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