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Re: Musical puns, jokes, and teasers

Post by HullandHellandHalifax » Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:08 pm

Timtin wrote:Unscramble the 10 anagrams to identify the composer.
(No, it's not Chopin!)

1. Able lad. (7) ballade
2. Sure, I ride over. (7,2,4) Reverie du Soir
3. I trump mop. (9) Impromptu
4. I spoon ale. (9) Polonaise
5. Valve penises. (5,7) Valse Pensive
6. Anal rattle. (10) tarantella
7. Meek hours. (9) Humoreske
8. Let's one feed. (5,2,4) Fetes de Noel
9. Coal barrel. (10) Barcarolle
10. As I shhh...! (7) Hashish


Indeed it isn't Tim, it is good old Liapunov or Lyapounov or Lyapunov or however you want to spell him. I guessed it was him after I cracked 8 and 10 as I play the first and knew of the latter, I can't think of anyone else who wrote such an under-the-influential piece as that, though I believe the hashish is a dance, maybe some one can confirm or correct me there.

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Re: Musical puns, jokes, and teasers

Post by Timtin » Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:58 am

Very good Brian! Btw, the jury is still out on whether clue No.6
is appropriate to its solution, and the apostrophe in clue No.8
is an error. You'll notice that the opus numbers of the answers
are in ascending numerical order.

My CDs (vast number!) are all arranged in alphabetical order
of composer. Because the record companies tend to prefer
the Lyapunov spelling, good old Sergei appears after Liszt
in the collection rather than before.

There must be other classical works with illicit substances
mentioned in the title, although Scriabin's Poem of Ecstasy
is the only one I can think of.

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Re: Musical puns, jokes, and teasers

Post by levisaunders » Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:06 am

What do you get when you drop a piano on an army base?
A flat major

Hope you enjoy that one guys!! :)

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Re: Musical puns, jokes, and teasers

Post by Timtin » Sun Oct 09, 2016 9:44 pm

It's a while since the last quiz.
Anyway, as before, there a 10 or so anagrams.
All you have to do is spot the odd one out.
(Actually the odd one out is one or more different
possibles, depending on what criterion is used.)
The numbers in brackets represent the alphabetic
(or alphanumeric in the case of no.3) word lengths.

1. Psychodrama blunder. (10,8)
2. Polarised - harsh! (1,10,3)
3a. On 1 fondly sharp rook. (7,8,2,1)
3b. 2 rooks fondly on harp. (7,8,2,1)
4. Hold burnt-out nag. (7,8)
5. Out-suffer ski! (7,5)
6. Coarsely roughish pederast. (1,15,8)
7. More sporty ass-head. (1,8,8)
8. Cross-sexual. (6,5)
9. Shoddy separator. (1,6,8)
10. Nosy harpsichord. (7,8).

Have fun!

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Re: Musical puns, jokes, and teasers

Post by HullandHellandHalifax » Mon Oct 10, 2016 10:31 pm

OK Tim,
what have you been eating for breakfast? I looked at the quiz tonight for the first time and didn't have a clue where to begin then I saw A Shropshire Lad and that gave me the kickstart for Hubert Bath's Cornish Rhapsody and odd man out, Rutland Boughton, however No.5 has totally stumped me so I hope someone can tell me what that is.
Here are the answers and a blank space for No.5
1. Cumberland Rhapsoidy
2. A Shropshire Lad
3a. Norfolk Rhapsody No.1
3b. Norfolk Rhapsody No.2
4. Rutland Boughton
5. Gawd knows, but is he a member of Pianophilia???
6, A Gloucestershire Rhapsody
7. A Somerset Rhapsody
8. A Sussex carol
9. A Dorset Rhapsody
10. Cornish Rhapsody

Possible odd men out could be 2, which is a song cycle, or 4 who is a composer, 8 as it is a carol could also be considered a cuckoo in the nest. Personally I can only say that 4. is my choice of odd man out as he is the only composer though without No.5 I cannot say so definitively.
I hope you are feeling better soon when Leicester start playing like they did last season
regards
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Re: Musical puns, jokes, and teasers

Post by Timtin » Tue Oct 11, 2016 11:48 am

Top marks again Brian!

No.5 was a cock-up on my part, very sorry. I spelt Suffolk with an 'r' instead of an 'l',
which made it impossible to unscramble, of course. The intended answer was Suffolk Suite,
for which there's a YouTube link below.

Another possible odd one out could have been No.10, because all the others contain names
of English counties as nouns, whereas Cornish is an adjective.

Alternatively, one could argue that Nos.2,4,5,8 are the odd ones out, not containing the word
Rhapsody.

I was interested to see how many counties have had broadly similar titles of music written for them.

Perhaps at this juncture, I should also declare my great admiration for RVW. Three thoughts re RVW.
Firstly, did he marry Ursula because her initials would become UVW?
Secondly, wouldn't it be great if his works had WV numbering - i.e. VWWV numbering!
Thirdly, did he drive a VW? If so, what a great way to one-up personalised number plates!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6dXMHRmras

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Re: Musical puns, jokes, and teasers

Post by Timtin » Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:05 pm

Another quiz! All you need to do is find the pairs of
names associated with each of the anagrams.

1. Behave, neat ion. (13)
2. Brash mania. (10)
3. Piano chain. (10)
4. Stain Liza. (9)
5. O, I am Tarzan. (10)
6. A pain in a nag. (11)
7. Attain rascal. (12)
8. A cherub saint. (12)
9. Inhuman, a scan. (12)
10. I bias in an arc. (12)
11. A lament - inane! (12)
12. Viva! In a lad. (10).

Hopefully, all the clues are correct.

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Re: Musical puns, jokes, and teasers

Post by HullandHellandHalifax » Fri Oct 21, 2016 9:53 pm

Timtin wrote:Another quiz! All you need to do is find the pairs of
names associated with each of the anagrams.

1. Behave, neat ion. (13) = Beethoveniana
2. Brash mania. (10) = Brahmsiana
3. Piano chain. (10) = Chopiniana
4. Stain Liza. (9) = Lisztiana
5. O, I am Tarzan. (10) = Mozartiana
6. A pain in a nag. (11) = Paganiniana
7. Attain rascal. (12) = Scarlattiana
8. A cherub saint. (12) = Schubertiana
9. Inhuman, a scan. (12) = Schumanniana
10. I bias in an arc. (12) = Scriabiniana
11. A lament - inane! (12)= Telemanniana
12. Viva! In a lad. (10). = Vivaldiana

Hopefully, all the clues are correct.
As you can see Tim, the anagrams were not so difficult but what the pairs of names associated with the clues has me stumped. It is possible to link just about any two of these composers with each other. For instance 2+4 equals cockney rhyming slang for too much to drink, but 2+9 were very closely connected through Clara, 3+4 were the best of friends in Paris, 1+ 2 were supposedly father and son when it came to writing symphonies or so I have read. I could link many, many more but am not sure if that is what you are looking for, and why all the -iana endings, surely that has a point which I cannot see at this moment. You might have to explain with more clarity what you are searching for.
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Re: Musical puns, jokes, and teasers

Post by Timtin » Fri Oct 21, 2016 11:04 pm

The names I was looking for are the composers contained within the anagrams' solutions plus
the names most closely linked with the ****iana works themselves. Admittedly some are a bit
abstruse, but it was interesting nevertheless to see how many works (not necessarily compositions)
have been created using that suffix. In compiling these names, Google was the point of reference.
Tops marks again, Brian, for unscrambling the anagrams.

1. Beethoven/Gustav Nottebohm.
2. Brahms/Vyatcheslav Semionov.
3. Chopin/Michel Fokine.
4. Liszt/Lina Ramann.
5. Mozart/Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
6. Paganini/Nathan Milstein.
7. Scarlatti/Alfredo Casella
8. Schubert/Tomas Tranströmer.
9. Schumann/Vincent d'Indy.
10. Scriabin/Kasyan Goleizovsky.
11. Telemann/Hans Werner Henze.
12. Vivaldi/Peter Martin.

I'd also have liked to have included Bach/Heitor Villa-Lobos, but that didn't quite
fit the pattern of suffices perfectly. Of course, these quizzes of mine are a fun
way of compiling lists of music-related information.

Regards, Tim.

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Re: Musical puns, jokes, and teasers

Post by HullandHellandHalifax » Sat Oct 22, 2016 11:46 am

I have the Lisztiana from Lina Ramann and I wondered if that was the connection but knew absolutely nothing about the other -iana's so never thought to look for links. So it is interesting to know of the other -iana books and that they are presumably worth reading as the Lisztiana book most definitely is if you are interested in anecdotes and other generally lesser important biographical info that most biographers ignore.
So many thanks for the info Tim
regards
Brian

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