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.
This week's contestant is Jane Johnson from Indianapolis, Indianapolis. The hidden song was very hidden, and I just couldn’t get it – until the very end when a phrase popped in, and I was pretty sure I was right – and I was. As for the composer style, I surprisingly had a guess after only the first couple of notes, but as it went on, changed it. And most surprisingly I should have stuck with my first, almost-immediate guess. Because as close in style as my official guess was, it initial first choice was the right one.
This week, we have a new episode, and the contestants are Stephanie Anne & Susan Landers of Albuquerque, New Mexico. And the piece by pianist Bruce Adolph is long and beautiful. Still, I couldn’t get the hidden song, even though it’s very well known. However, to my surprise I actually got the composer style. It’s one of my favorite composers, though I usually don’t guess him correctly when in one of these Puzzlers.
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, the contestant is Joseph Gewirtz of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. For the longest time, while I could tell where the hidden song was, I just couldn't nail it -- and then finally did. (It was quite clear, needless to say, when later played a second time.) My guess for the composer style was not only one of Mr. Gewirtz's guesses, but was born the same year as the composer who was the correct answer, and also the same year of a third even-more renowned composer. And all three wrote in somewhat the same style. The correct answer though is the least-famous of the three.
We actually have a new one this week, and I am sure of that because I absolutely would have remembered this one. The contestants are Isabella & Francesca Dawas from Minneapolis, MN. And what’s shocking is that they are not twins, which will seem near-impossible as you listen to them, but they only refer to themselves as sisters. It’s possible that they just don’t mention that they’re twins, but it seems unlikely that sisters this giddy, talkative and close wouldn’t leap out to tell you that. As for the game itself, I got the hidden song extremely quickly, and I suspect most people will, since it’s not very well-hidden. As for the composer style, this is one of those areas I don’t know well and I just tossed a coin and guessed someone whose work I don’t know well. To my shock, I was right. I think I’ve guessed this person several times when I’m lost in the weeds, and it’s the first time I was correct. Huzzah!
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 Chuck Romportl from Hopkins, Minnesota. I was able to get the hidden song pretty quickly. The composer style, though, is in that area of which I generally have to toss a coin, and didn't get it. And in fairness, it's pretty tough. To my shock, the contestant actually guessed the composer style right off -- but didn't get the hidden song. Only on a second go-round, where pianist Bruce Adolphe brought the song out more, did he guess correctly.
From the archives. This week's contestant is Sana Sarfraz from Agoura Hills, CA. I found the hidden song extremely easy, though it took about 10 seconds for it to kick in, and I think most people have a good chance to get it, as well -- though the contestant (for a specific reason, I suspect) did not. As for the composer style, this is one of those I can toss a dice on because there are maybe half a dozen similar composers I can't significantly differentiate between. I thought it was one of them, but oddly confused him with the name of another I guessed -- and my guess was right...though it was an accident.
From the archives. This week's contestant is Ray Lancaster from Columbia Hill, South Carolina. I got the hidden song pretty quickly, and then it becomes very clear. Guessing the composer style came down to being between two composers...and I guessed the wrong one. Actually, it turned out to be someone else entirely, so I was completely wrong, though it was from the same country as my guess -- if that counts for anything, which it really doesn't.
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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