I'll give you three notes
By Brenda Tremblay ~ Posted Fri, 06/11/2010 - 9:59am
Years ago I was a contestant in a live, Jeopardy-like quiz show hosted by conductor Peter Bay and the RPO at the Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center. Fresh out of college, I thought I knew a lot about music. Boy, did I eat humble pie.
Hereâ€™s how it worked. The orchestra would play an excerpt from a piece, and then the three contestants, sitting onstage with microphones, would guess the name and composer. The funny thing was, I knew some of the obscure works. But the Obvious Top Ten classical works (Khachaturianâ€™s Sabre Dance and Pachelbelâ€™s Canon, for example) left me scratching my head. I came in second.
Todayâ€™s mystery piece, from 1887, might have left many Classical 91.5 listeners scratching their heads. Rimsky-Korsakovâ€™s Capriccio Espagnol is the kind of work everyone knows but nobody can name.
The clue, that itâ€™s based on Spanish folk melodies, might have thrown some people off, since the composer was the youngest of the Russian composers known as â€śThe â€śFive,â€ť a driving force for nationalism in Russian music.
A listener e-mailed me to ask if it was ok if he Googled the clues for the answer. TOTALLY! This is all for fun. Nobodyâ€™s onstage.
On Monday, you can guess a work by a composer who thought of himself as a craftsman, not a genius.