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.
We have a new Piano Puzzler this week, not posted her yet. This week’s contestant is Chris Freitag from New York City. I think the hidden song should be extremely easy for most people. Right off the bat, and then there is a passage later that removes any doubt. The composer style was more difficult, though it’s based on an actual piece of music, so if you know it you’ll get the composer. I didn’t, though I do like the composer.
From the archives, this week's contestant is Sara Tillotson from Tulsa, Oklahoma. As I wrote previously, at first I was able to pick out the hidden song by focusing on the proper hand which was playing the tune, though eventually it became perfectly clear without that. As for the composer style, I didn't have a clue -- the same as the contestant. To my surprise, my one offbeat guess was bizarrely close. I wouldn't have ever gotten it, though. It's tough. But perhaps you can get the era and type of music.
From the archives. This week's contestant is Bob Lagerquist from Eugene, Oregon. This was one of those puzzlers where I was sure I knew the hidden song, but couldn't quite get it. And then, about halfway through I moved closer...and then I got it. I think my problem was that at first it sounded like another song, and when that happens it's hard to get the song out of your head. As for the composer style, well...no, I couldn't figure that out. Knowing the answer now, I understand it, but it's not part of the composer's style I'm most familiar with.
This week's contestant is Sarah Painting from South Hadley, Massachusetts. I got the hidden song pretty quickly, which is a good thing because it gets pretty well-hidden further on. As for the composer style, I could make out a particular quote but just couldn't put the name to the music -- which is a shame because he was the first name I came up with and then veered away to someone else. Silly me.
Remarkably a new episode to the site, not from the archives. This week’s contestants are Tara Rozanski and Kobi Davidson from Collingswood, New Jersey. I got the hidden song pretty quickly, and thought most would, as long as they knew the song which – while not hugely popular is a standard with a famous pedigree – because It’s not much hidden. But maybe not, because neither the contestants nor host Fred Child couldn’t guess it, even when Bruce Adolphe played it almost completely unadorned. As for the composer style, I couldn’t tell and foolishly should have been able to, since it’s one of my favorites.
From the archives. 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.
The contestant this week is is Kelly Ferjutz from Cleveland, Ohio. I had difficulty at first with the hidden song at first, but a passage made it eminently clear. As for the composer style, it sounds like something that seems very guessable by those who really know such things well, and indeed is completely accessible and someone extremely well-known, but alas I didn't get it.
The contestant here is Dustin Suits, from Loami, Illinois. When trying to guess the composer style, it came down to two possibilities for me, and I guessed wrong. Though I did guess right on my second guess... As for the hidden song, it's tough. The nice thing about Piano Puzzlers, though, is even if you don't have a clue, the musical pieces by Bruce Adolphe are entertaining to listen to. This is no exception.
From the archives. This week, the contestant is Mike Miller from New York, NY. I got the hidden song, though only from one passage where it was clear to me. The composer style is in a genre that's always tough for me, and it could have been between four or so. And I took a stab at one. I was wrong, but came pretty close -- I got the right country, period and style, and probably should have gotten it for all my limitations in that area. But alas didn'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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