From the archives, the contestants on today's Piano Puzzler are Beau Smith and Sylvia Pacheco from Attleboro, Massachusetts. For the longest time, I had a hard time picking out the hidden song, though I thought I heard a couple possibilities. But a long ways in, it finally became absolutely clear, and I knew I had it right. As for the composer style, it danced between several possibilities...all of which were wrong. But the composer is very popular -- and one of my favorites. I just didn't think he wrote anything like this.
One quibble -- not about the contest, but the discussion afterwards. The contestants didn't know the hidden song at all, though it's famous with several reasons why its pedigree should have helped -- yet for unimaginable reasons, neither host Fred Child or pianist Bruce Adolphe explained any of them. They only gave the name of the song. Not its larger context where it's very famously from, or even perhaps noting the incredibly famous group who made a cover-recording of it. (Sorry, I don't want to say more to give it away for those playing along. But when you hear it, you’ll know what I mean.) At which point, if they had given any of these clues, let alone all of them, the contestants might have said, "Ooohhhhh! Okay!! NOW I know what it is."
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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