From the archives. The contestant is Ivan Plis from Washington, D.C. Like the contestant, I didn’t have a clue what the hidden song was, though I could sort of hear it. Nor could I get it on the second go-round even knowing the composer. I did finally get it fairly quickly on the third pass but that’s only when composer Bruce Adolph pulled the song out more, so it doesn’t count for points, though for relief. It’s pretty hard. As for the composer style, it’s one that I always think could overlap with several who I find somewhat similar and I’m not knowledgeable enough to pick out the differences.
From the archives. The contestant today 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.
Well, here’s a rarity – this is not from the archives, it’s a new one! From the archives. This week's contestant is Mitchell Shapiro from Fort Lee, New Jersey. And sorry, you’re on your own on this one. There were a couple points where I could hear a theme that had a touch of familiarity, but I couldn’t go any further. However, even host Fred Child couldn’t get the song, so I know I’m in good company. And the thing is…it’s a massively popular song, one I dearly love. But man, is it well-hidden. Though once you know, and pianist Bruce Adolphe pays it again, you can hear it all. Moreover, the composer style was one of my favorite composers, though not for this type of music. (At one point, almost laughingly, I wondered if it was that composer, since in the past I’ve made the same mistake.) So, I couldn't that that, either.
From the archives. 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, my initial choice was the right one.
From the archives. The guest this week is Rodger 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 poorly 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 whose style it was.
From the archives. We have a new Piano Puzzler with contestant Kate Lamberton of Hanover, PA. I didn’t have a clue with the composer style, though I was surprised that my only guess was in the right genre and nationality. However, I did get the hidden song pretty quickly.
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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