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Re: Musical puns, jokes, and teasers

Posted: Mon May 07, 2018 8:53 am
by soh choon wee
Thanks, it is Bliss. I read the portpuri in one of the programme notes years ago. Then somehow recently this pops up in my mind and i have been thinking for a few days whose concerto that is.

Re: Musical puns, jokes, and teasers

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:39 pm
by Timtin
Here's a joke from a recent music question on the BBC's University Challenge quiz programme:-

For which instrument was Bach's Goldberg Variations originally written?

Answer given: Synthesizer.

Even the question master couldn't quite believe his ears!

I frequently get depressed at the appalling ignorance most students seem to have about
classical music, but this took that level of ignorance to new depths.

Re: Musical puns, jokes, and teasers

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:58 pm
by ilu
Unfortunately, the ignorance of some students is a consequence of their lack of interest and their poor preparation. With such poor elements they do not have the capacity to respond, even to reason, with a certain level of intelligence.

Re: Musical puns, jokes, and teasers

Posted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:32 pm
by Timtin
Well, it's that time of year when I get the urge to do another quiz.
The format is much the same as always.

Below is a list of ten composers' names in anagram form.

These are followed after a hyphen by one of their foibles, again
given in anagram form.

By foibles, I mean some personal characteristic, be it a phobia, a
fetish, or some other state of mind, which in some cases lead to
their deaths. Some composers are very famous, others less so.

Please note that this quiz is X-rated, but then some composers did
lead very colourful lives!

The composers' surnames appear alphabetically in the solutions. Any
errors in any of the questions or the solutions are unintentional.

This is an example of the format:-

0. Ok, wit freaks Tarzan. (9,8) - Intoxicate hoary utopias. (4-6,12)

The solution is:-

Frantisek Kotzwara - Auto-erotic asphyxiation.

This example is probably more difficult than those in the quiz.


1. Job hash manners. (8,6) - Spoil boats, ha-ha! (14)

2. Nectar knob run. (5,8) - In impure halo. (12)

3. Alas! Good ulcer. (5,8) - Cosh maims. (9)

4. Warm zooms, daft language. (8,7,6) - Goats cloy. (9)

5. Easier kit. (4,5) - Erect it, cynic! (12)

6. Arch snob or legend. (6,10) - A hip diatribe! Ok, ask! (17)

7. Brahms nocturne. (6,8) - Stayin' in. (8)

8. Relax! A band is nicer! (9.8) - Mimics sty. (9)

9. Wired char rang. (7,6) - Trim vastness. (12)

10. Rot, wreck, leap! (5,7) - Dim ass! (6)


Good luck!


PS The composer featured in No.2 had more than one foible.
The one given here isn't one that could be regarded as overly dodgy.

PPS If you're feeling at all down, why not check out the Wiki article
on how Frantisek Kotzwara met his demise?!

Re: Musical puns, jokes, and teasers

Posted: Tue Dec 25, 2018 2:36 pm
by Timtin
These are the solutions:-

1. Johannes Brahms - Thalassophobia.

2. Anton Bruckner - Numerophilia.

3. Carlo Gesualdo - Masochism.

4. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Scatology.

5. Erik Satie - Eccentricity.

6. Arnold Schoenberg - Triskaidekaphobia.

7. Robert Schumann - Insanity.

8. Alexander Scriabin - Mysticism.

9. Richard Wagner - Transvestism.

10. Peter Warlock - Sadism.

Anyone who thinks that modern-day rockers invented outrageous
behaviour should think again!