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Re: Musical puns, jokes, and teasers

Post by Timtin » Wed Nov 30, 2016 1:18 pm

HullandHellandHalifax wrote:the title of the symphony begins with the word True, this should help with the anagram.
9. Ustvolskaya, True and Eternal Bliss.

That's what I feel, having finally cracked it. 'Jesus Messiah, Save Us'
from anagrams where we don't have a 'Prayer', and 'Amen' to that!

I gather that one of her symphonies was played this year at that deeply
unpatriotic (with the exception of the absurd Last Night) British institution,
the Proms. Had she been English, I suspect that her music wouldn't have been
played. Such is the fate of numerous symphonies by British composers.
Apparently she is not easy to listen to, and she’s even less easy to hear.
Not sure I'll be rushing out to buy any of her CDs any time soon with a
review like that!

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Re: Musical puns, jokes, and teasers

Post by HullandHellandHalifax » Wed Nov 30, 2016 5:08 pm

Congratulations Tim, that really was a tough anagram, I expected that it would take some solving for as you say her music is not the most accessible. As you mention her other symphonies have very intriguing titles, I am almost inclined to listen to one of them though probably after a stiff whisky or two.
Anyway the bar has been set for anagram competitons with a difference, an excellent reason for buying encyclopedias and other useless books of lists, plus the sense of satisfaction from both setter and solver cannot be measured.
once again well done, glad it really exercised your powers.
regards
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Re: Musical puns, jokes, and teasers

Post by Timtin » Wed Nov 30, 2016 5:49 pm

Thank you Brian. It certainly was a very tough quiz,
and curious in that No.9 contains another composer's name.
Others like this would be Bruckner's 'Wagner Symphony' and
Brahms's 'Beethoven's Tenth'.
The difficulty of anagrams seems to be inversely proportional
to the Scrabble values of the letters.

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Re: Musical puns, jokes, and teasers

Post by Timtin » Thu Dec 01, 2016 8:19 am

Here's yet another quiz. The format is as always.
All I need is the composer and title of each work.
Also, what adjective perhaps best describes the works'
common factor? Note:- one of the titles isn't usually
written out in long-hand form, another really takes off, and
another is decidedly off-the-wall, or rather through-the-wall!


1. Won scratchproof jeer. (8,3,4,4)
2. Fearful unharmonic catarrh. (7,5,3,1,4,4)
3. Tab a tail. (8)
4. Touchier thrifty tremendousness. (4,7,6-5,7)
5. I'm home, soppy queen. (5,11)
6. Cut date. (3,4)
7. Save toxin. (9)
8. Tummy rise. (9)
9. Hot pique clatterer. (10,7)
10. Of cReepily rainier poeTry. (5,5,3,5,5)

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Re: Musical puns, jokes, and teasers

Post by HullandHellandHalifax » Thu Dec 01, 2016 8:45 pm

Hi Tim,
I suppose your adjective for this music in the Stylus Fantasticus would be Eccentric, So far I have worked out 7 of them, I give them up here now so someone with a more obscure knowledge than me might fill in the gaps, whilst at the same time I will work the old grey matter a bit harder. By the way I have not used any cheating aids such as internet or encyclopedia so far in this quiz.
1.
2. Funeral march for a rich aunt Lord Berners (Gerald Tyrwhitt) I have played this, it is a lot of fun.
3. Battalia Heinrich Biber not being a violinist I have not played this with the rattling of skeletons using col legno techniques
4. Four Minutes thirty-three seconds John Cage (haven't played this it is too long for me to concentrate)
5. Poeme Symphonique Ligeti (for 100 metronomes no less) I haven't played this either, don't know where I can get 100 metronomes that work
6. Cat Duet Gioacchino Rossini I have sung and played this but this is not a piece for someone with no sense of humour or the grotesque
7. Vexations Satie, again I have only played the theme but not the 639? repeats
8. Mysterium Scriabin again not played as I don't have enough shillings for the electric meter for the light display
9.
10.

OK back to the paper and pencil and indiarubber
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Re: Musical puns, jokes, and teasers

Post by Timtin » Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:24 pm

Brilliant stuff, Brian. to get so far without help from Mr Google.

The hints I gave previously applied to Nos.4, 9 & 10, but No.10 is
virtually impossible to get without help from Mr G. The composer of
No.1 has quite a long name, but I'll make a concerted effort not to harp
on about it. The composer of No.9 is someone I love to hate, so no stock
of his CDs in my hausen. Regarding No.10, when I learned about this
piano piece, I fell off the chair and went through the wall laughing!
Its internal capital letters are intended. As always, the 10 composers
are in alphabetical order.

'Eccentric' is very apt, and 'daft' also fits the bill pretty well. This
list of the daftest classical music was extracted from one website,
which also provides YouTube videos of some of them being performed.

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Re: Musical puns, jokes, and teasers

Post by HullandHellandHalifax » Fri Dec 02, 2016 12:21 am

thanks ever so for the subtle hints Tim
1. Concerto for jews harp by Albrechtsberger now this was a first for me, never heard of a piece of music written especially for the jews (or jaws) harp before.
9. Helicopter Quartet by my favourite modernist Karlheinz Stockhausen, I realised the second word was quartet but was looking for a really obscure Greek based word for the first one, never thought of helicopter though. Actually if you listen to the music there is a lot of humour in it which is probably unintentional if we believe the stories of the German nation and it's lack of ability to understand jokes, slapstick they understand but jokes apparently not, however that may well be or not and I am not starting that discussion here. I like Kontakte very much it is a really fruity score almost bathroom humour in its way. The funniest part of the score are the pages of instructions for the elctronic devices plus photos of clapped out amplifiers and tone distorters that have obviously been used by la Monte Young at some stage. (see clue 10)
10. Le piece de resistance and I am sure there was a lot of resistance at the first performance la Monte Young Piano piece for Terry Riley, not much music I imagine but a lot of sweat and grunting, I hope the piano was a real bummer it probably got it's just rewards.
What a quiz, learned quite a bit from it
cheers
Brian

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Re: Musical puns, jokes, and teasers

Post by Timtin » Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:20 am

Tremendousness, Brian!

As PP is a forum mainly associated with all things piano-related,
it seemed remarkable that Young's masterpiece had not yet
been given any of the publicity it undoubtedly deserves!

Maybe Alfor could provide some fingering for it. ;-)

http://www.classical-music.com/article/ ... ical-music

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Re: Musical puns, jokes, and teasers

Post by FW190 » Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:58 am

HullandHellandHalifax wrote:[...]
It would be nice if more than just Tim have a go, we are at this moment more like Hamilton and Rosberg!
cheers
Brian
I'm sure you mean Waldorf and Statler.
In Bach we trust.

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Re: Musical puns, jokes, and teasers

Post by HullandHellandHalifax » Fri Dec 02, 2016 12:54 pm

FW190 wrote:
HullandHellandHalifax wrote:[...]
It would be nice if more than just Tim have a go, we are at this moment more like Hamilton and Rosberg!
cheers
Brian
I'm sure you mean Waldorf and Statler.
Ooh that was nasty!! haha! but at the speed we work at I will stick with Hamilton and Rosberg, unless you know someone even faster than us!
Brian

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