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Archives: January 2019

Puzzle for the Week of January 28

"Pacific Overtures"

In this Pacific-themed quiz, your anagramming powers will be tested! For each of the five lines below, remove one letter, then rearrange the remaining letters to make the name of a composer from either New Zealand or Australia. For example, if you are given CHOPPER ROULETTES, you could remove an O, and rearrange the remaining letters to get Peter Sculthorpe.

As an added bonus, the five letters that are removed can themselves be rearranged to create the name of a country on the Pacific Ocean. What country is it?






Be sure to listen to this week’s Exploring Music programs as Bill McGlaughlin continues his tour around the Pacific Rim.

By James Andrewes

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Puzzle for the Week of January 14


                                    “The Symphony, Part 10: Scriabin to Barber”

Russian composer Alexander Scriabin time-travels to the present day, where he takes a limousine tour of Manhattan. Astonished at the bustling modern city, he looks out the window and sees something he’s never seen before. It instantly brings music to his inner ear; specifically, the opening chord of Beethoven’s seventh symphony. A moment later, that harmony disappears and the final chord of Mahler’s first symphony rings in his ears. A few seconds later, that fades and he hears the opening sounds of Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony.

What had he seen out the window?

While you’re thinking, head over to the website to enjoy Scriabin’s third symphony and to learn more about the interesting sensory phenomenon that influenced his later works.

By James Andrewes
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Puzzle for the Week of January 7

“Beethoven Quartets”

Six string playing friends organize an evening to play through Beethoven’s masterful early quartets, op. 18. Knowing that this will take some time and energy, each of them brings some food or drink to help them get through the evening. The first friend brings fajitas. The second brings some goulash. The third friend brings donuts, while the fourth supplies champagne. The fifth musician brings apples. What might the sixth friend have brought?

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