From the archives. This week's contestant is Stacy Fahrion from Denver, Colorado. The hidden song was on the tip of my tongue, and I knew I knew it, but I just couldn't place it. And then I did. Some will likely get it far earlier than I did, because the tip of their is much clearer. As for the composer style, it's one of those styles I just don't know well enough and mix-and-match about four or five different people. So, I didn't get it.
From the archive. This week's contestant is Mike Freiberg from Golden Valley, Minnesota. The hidden song is extremely easy, and most people I think will get it about five seconds in, after a very slight introduction. And it's obvious throughout, not especially hidden. As for the composer style, I had a pretty definitive guess early on and was right. So -- I got both, huzzah. I think most have a good chance, as well.
This week's contestant is Rob Scheinberg from Hoboken, New Jersey. The good news is that I got the composer style pretty quickly. It's someone that I often toss-up with one other composer, but I guessed the right one here. But I didn't have a clue with the hidden song. However, on the second pass, oddly enough I did think I had an idea of the composer of the hidden song, and was at least right about that. And when host Fred Child gave his first clue I immediately got it. That doesn't count, but it gives me tiny comfort.
Remarkably, this week's show is not from the archives, and so we actually offer a new edition not yet presented on the site here. The contestant is Stephen Farrand from Freeport, Maine. It’s a tough one. I didn’t get the composer style, in large part because it’s a style I’m not terribly well-verse in…and also because, while well-known, his music is not terribly familiar to people. Including me. And I couldn’t get the hidden song either – the first time through. But when composer Bruce Adolphe played it through a second time, I did get it. I’ll also give myself a bonus point for having been in Freeport, Maine. I went several times, in fact, when working on the Stephen King movie, Pet Sematary. It’s a town of outlet stores (quite literally, they proliferate everywhere), the centerpiece of which is the home of L.L. Bean.
From the archives. For the Piano Puzzler today, the contestant is Eric Ebbenga. It took a short while to pull out the hidden song, but I think it should eventually become quite clear to most people. And I felt it likely that I had the composer style, as well. But it was between two composers, and I guessed wrong. Listening to Bruce Adolphe play the piece again, I can see where I guessed wrong. You may have better luck.
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.
Surprisingly, this week’s Piano Puzzler is not from the archives. The contestants are Lynda and Doug Miller from Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. If you don’t get the hidden song, you’re not trying. I’d even say that it you don’t get it within three seconds you need a refresher course. As for the composer style, it came down to two possibilities – though I had three in mind, but eliminated one whose works I don’t know quite well enough to guess -- and actually, there it should have been a fourth person, who foolishly I didn’t think of. And I missed it, because it was that “third” who I just didn't know well-enough and so eliminated..
We didn't get a chance to post a Piano Puzzler over the weekend, so I thought I'd drop one in today. From the archives, the contestant on this week's episode is Jackie Aivaliotis from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At first I thought I didn't have a clue, particularly since it's a style of music that is generally a totally toss-up for me. And the song was well-hidden. Then I thought I might have the hidden song. And then...I didn't, and didn't have a clue. But then I was certain that I did know the hidden song -- and was right. And was even correct on my guess of the composer style. So...going from "not a clue" to getting both -- huzzah!
From the archives, this week's contestant is Dan Larkin, from Windsor, California. The hidden song should be very easy to guess, I think, and probably pretty early on. There were three composers I thought it might be in the style of. I had one in mind, but changed -- and it was the contestant's guess, as well, but it wasn't that. It also wasn't one of the other two. So, I was wrong. But I should have gotten it. And I think others have a good chance of getting it.
For Memorial Day, we have a bonus edition of Piano Puzzler. From the archives, the contestant is Genevieve Wilde from Quakertown, Pennsylvania. I could hear the tune, and almost clearly, but just couldn't get it. It's definitely known, and I got it later when pianist Bruce Adolphe brought the music out more, but it was tough, even though known and clear. The composer style seemed to be from an era that I overlap a lot of people, so I took a guess. I was surprised that I was somewhat close, but didn't get that either.
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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