Hi everyone, Katie here.
Glogirly's getting ready for her winter semester piano lessons to start up. She has much to learn so I've been giving her a few pointers.
One thing she really needs to work on is playing through her mistakes. She could stand to learn a few lessons from us cats. For example, when we knock over say a flower vase with water and daisies, what do we do? Well what we DON'T do is make a big fuss over the fact that we just did knocked over a vase with water and daisies! No loud meows, no hisses, no OMC's. We just keep on walking and we don't look back. Did something fall? What? I didn't see anything. Don't mind me, just passing through. Or an alternative strategy is to make it look like we meant to do it. Start batting around the daisies, maybe lap up some water. Make it all look like it was part of a master plan.
We are cats.
We are cool, calm and collected.
And we never let them see us sweat.
So while Glogirly continues to tame her verbal and facial language that she so frequently "exercises" with each wrong note or chord, I thought it would be fun to have another quiz.
I've come up with five of our favorite composers and one each of their most famous works. So far Glogirly has learned 4 out of 5 of these pieces. Well, "learned" is relative if you know what I mean.
So here's how it goes:
PART ONE - COMPOSER NAME SCRAMBLE
Each composer's name appears underneath their portrait. It's all scrambled up though. Not because I can't spell... and believe me they have pretty hard-to-spell names. It's just part of the game. So first you have to unscramble their name to figure out who they are. Hint: They are all dead. And NO, I didn't kill them.
E V E N T H E B O
N I P C O H
Y E S B U D S
This one is too easy for a scramble so instead you get a clue.
He has a really easy name, but his music is super hard to play.
Glogirly says it's no coincidence his name is a four-letter-word.
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T I K E A
PART TWO - WHO'S SONG IS THAT?
Ok, so these old guys would probably cringe at me calling their classic works "songs." But hey, they're dead and may I remind you, I am not responsible. The second part of the challenge is to match up the song with the composer. There's one song for each composer.
Here's the songs, just click on each link to hear an excerpt:
this recording is a guitar... it's waaay cooler on the piano
There are no tangible prizes for this challenge... only the satisfaction of being a classical music geek or just plain super-smart. Who knows, maybe this will help get you onto Jeopardy.
Thanks to our fashionista friend Daisy and her private computer tutorial, we now have a working link to the answers at the bottom of the page in the event you need to check your work or...gasp...cheat. Glogirly is a little slow though and can't get the button itself to link with the answers, so just click on the words for now. She's going to need some remedial tutoring.
A word of caution...if you do choose to cheat, you probably will NOT make it onto Jeopardy.
Extra Fun Facts:
- Glogirly can play all the songs except for Clair de Lune.
- She really wants to learn that one too but she doesn't know if she's smart enough yet.
- She loves playing sad, slow songs. None of that happy ragtime stuff.
- A Minor is her favorite key.