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 Sarah Hopkins from Scarsdale, New York. I actually got both the hidden song and composer style on this one, which surprised me. The hidden song was pretty tough, though it eventually became quite clear to me. And though the composer style is extremely well-known, it's one that oddly I rarely get. But did this time. Huzzah!
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.
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. 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 one I’m not terribly well-versed 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. We have a recent repeat this week, with contestant is Claire Nalven from Waltham, Massachusetts. This is a very florid piece, and the song is extremely well-hidden – and to my shock, I got it. And while I came close on the composer style, it was two people I find similar, and I guessed the wrong one.
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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