Great Show to Check Out: the Piano Puzzler

bruce-adolphe-1Hey everybody! Hope you are all having a great holiday season so far and enjoying lots of music, piano and good times with the people you care about. For me, it’s been a great season, playing lots of music, performing and filming new lessons. I had the wonderful privilege of being the piano accompanist to a great Christmas Cantata last week and it was a great experience. It gave me a chance to brush up on my site reading of choral music. I hadn’t done that in a while so it was a nice change of pace and it brought back memories to my college years.

Learn About Great Composers in a Fun Way

piano_puzzlerI wanted to write this post today to let you know about a great piano radio program that I heard on New York’s classical station, WQXR, while driving the other day. It’s a show called the Piano Puzzler and it is produced by American Public Media and it just blew me away. American Public Media describes it: Every week Bruce Adolphe re-writes a familiar tune in the style of a classical composer. We get one of our listeners on the phone, and our caller listens to Bruce play his Piano Puzzler. They then try to do two things: name the hidden tune, and name the composer whose style Bruce is mimicking.

It was so awesome and such a unique idea. This past week he re-wrote a Christmas song in the style of Haydn and Mozart. It is not only lots of fun to listen to but it’s also very interesting to learn and hear all the different classical composers’ styles. I highly recommend it and I am sure you will find it as fun to listen to as I did.

You Can Be a Contestant Too

They also have a link for those that are interested in being a contestant on the show. I found this tremendously cool and signed up right away. Not sure if they will pick me but it sure would be fun to be on the show. I encourage you to do the same. How great would it be to be a on a piano game show? The answer to that question is: very great!

So I hope you will check out Piano Puzzler on NPR or American Public Media and tell me what you think. I promise you will learn something not only about piano but about music in general. It’s a quirky and fun show.

As always, Happy Playing!