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.
From the archives. This week's contestant is Rainer Klaus of Madison, Alabama. The hidden song is hidden with good humor, but it's eventually guessable. The composer style was one that I thought I came close to, but I was wrong, and probably should have gotten it.
From the archives. The contestant this week is Anne Nelson from Portland, Maine. Not a clue. Extremely nice, though. And very guessable. In fact, the composer style is one of my favorites, but I also seem not to get him. And while I could hear the hidden song, and it sounded SO familiar -- and it turned out to be -- I just couldn't get it, since most of it is so well hidden. In fact, even pianist Bruce Adolph acknowledged that if anyone could guess correctly they should get a special prize since he was so pleased with how well it was hidden. I didn't get the prize.
From the archives. This week, the contest 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 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.
From the archives. This week's contest is Christina Stone of Houston, Texas. The hidden song is pretty clear, but as much as could tell I should know it, I just didn't guess it. And yes, I knew it, and should have gotten it. But I did at least get the composer style.
From the archives. This week's contestant is Cynthia Sibitzky from Haslett, Texas. I don't get the sense that the hidden song is really all that hidden, and you get it in about three seconds -- and only that long because there's a bit of an introduction into the piece. Though it's very lovely. As for the composer style, I had a choice between three people who are somewhat similar. The contestant's first guess was mine, as well, but...we were wrong.
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 Walt Warren from Wheeling, West Virginia. I had a pretty good guess for the composer style -- the same one as Mr. Warren, and Bruce Adolphe said it was very close and could almost have been the right answer. But alas, I was wrong. As for the hidden song -- I could hear it, clearly in fact, and even was pretty sure I recognized it and where it might be from...but I just couldn't get it. But I don't feel badly because not only did Walt Warren not get it, but neither did host Fred Child. In fact, Fred didn't get it even after Bruce Adolphe gave some clues and the first world of the title. And when giving the answer, himself cried out, "Who would get that?!"
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 lightly 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.
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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