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. This week's contestant is Caroline Cassil from Sutherlin, Oregon. If you don't get the composer style within three seconds (and the specific piece it's based on), you're not trying. The hidden song is tougher. Until halfway through, when a passage leaps out. But they're very well interwoven, so you have to catch the passage. There's also a wonderful musical joke between the classical piece and the hidden tune.
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.
This week's contestant is Mike Ryan in Americus, Georgia. The hidden song is very easy -- I got it in about five notes. But I really didn't have an idea with the composer style. Towards the end, only one thought came to mind, though it didn't seem to fit with the first part, but it was the only guess I could make. And was right! Huzzah.
From the archives. This week's contestant is Brandon Baxter from Hastings, Nebraska, To my surprise, I got the composer style first and pretty quickly -- surprising particularly because it's one of the genres I'm not especially adept at and also there are several composers who overlap for me. I could hear the hidden song, but just couldn't get it...but then about a minute it, I did. What surprised me most of all, though, is not so much that the contestant couldn't get the hidden song, but host Fred Child -- who's usually so good at helping out with that -- not only didn't guess it on the first go-round, but didn't either when Bruce Adolphe played it a second time. Only until Adolphe played it straight through without any composer style getting in the way did Child finally hear it. And the song is a pretty famous standard from The Great American Songbook. There's also a whimsical clue in the hidden song which helped make me sure I was right in my guess.
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 classical 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 Jean Bostrum from Zimmerman, Minnesota. It's a very lovely piece, but I didn't get either part. The guest did guess the hidden song, but even when pianist Bruce Adolph played the number again, I still had a hard time picking it out., except for a few notes. It blends impeccably with a particular melody by the hidden composer But since she got it, obviously it's guessable.
From the archives, this week's contestant is Alan Fletcher, the president and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival. The hidden song is breezingly easy, and guessable within a few notes. It's also one of the least-hidden songs that I've heard composer Bruce Adolph come up with. Shockingly, the contestant didn't get it. To his credit, he did guess the composer-style. I didn't -- and should have, though my guess was a composer whose style has a great many similarities with the right answer.
From the archive. This week's contestant is Nathan Stodola from Brooklyn, New York. I got the hidden song pretty early, though I think it should be quite clear as the piece goes on -- it's not especially well-hidden, though well-blended. I didn't get the composer style, a disappointment since it's one of my favorite composers...though mainly for his symphonies, which this is not.
From the archives. This week's contestant is Scott Rose from San Antonio, Texas. It's a wonderful piece, indeed as the contestant describes it, "cruelly beautiful." I'm actually shocked that I got the composer style. It's not someone whose work I know well -- though he's very well-known -- and both the contestant and host Fred Child had problem guessing it right off, though were in the right area. As for the hidden song, I didn't have a clue for almost all the entire thing -- it's incredibly, gorgeously well-hidden -- but then towards the end, bingo, I heard it, and was right. The short version is that this is a fun one.
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, and is a regular columnist for the Huffington Post and the Writers Guild of America. 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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