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Puzzle for the Week of November 12

Music in the Time of War

Benjamin Britten, who wrote the mighty War Requiem heard in this week’s program, has an interesting feature to his name: his first and last names both begin with the same letter - B. This is not so unusual, as numerous other composers share this feature: Béla Bartók, Edward Elgar, George Gershwin, Modest Mussorgsky, William Walton, to name a few.

However, with Britten it goes one step further: his first and last names also both end with the same letter - n.

Several other composers share this rare ‘double’ feature, with their two names both beginning and ending with a shared letter. I have written four such composers below, but removed from their names all but two letters as hints. Can you identify them?

1. ________L__ ______________D__
2. ____O__________ ____B__________
3. ____R__ ________M________

4. ______M____ __A________



1. Cécile Chaminade
2. Giovanni Gabrieli
3. Toru Takemitsu
4. Thomas Tallis

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