Here’s a hint: Exquisite music for exquisite television.
Here’s a hint: A cinematic look at the mind of a musical genius.
Here’s a hint: Strolling down the street in Grover’s Corners.
1725 was a busy year for this Italian composer: he produced four operas, but also his most famous series of violin concerti. The sonnet for the winter concerto describes biting snow, stinging winds, and accidents on the ice. The music of the winter concerto evokes these wintertime characteristics with chilling musical effects.
Here’s a hint: We’re marching to the beat of a different drum!
Here’s a hint: It’s a tour-de-force if there ever was one!
Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: A tintinnabulation of tinsel!
Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: A flower of legend.
Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: Jingling and ringling.
The story for this opera came from a tale by a famous Russian author, which originally appeared in a collection of short stories written in a folkloric style. The plot concerns a young blacksmith who must capture the Devil in a sack and fly on his back to St. Petersburg in a scheme to procure the Empress’s slippers.
Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: Tidings of great joy.
Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: A matrimonial marketplace.
Here’s a hint: out of the monastery and into the recording studio…
Here’s a hint: spooky silence gets a makeover… or a classic mystery, in the looking “glass”…
Here’s a hint: music that goes “bump” in the night…
Here’s a hint: a misconstrued musical murder mystery…
Here’s a hint: It’s Shakespeare. . . with a German twist!
Here’s a hint: Music from the of time Shakespeare himself!
After the scandalous success of another “ancient” opera, this composer was worried that people would think he was repeating himself. But he now turned to a Greek drama by Sophocles, in which the daughter and son of a murdered king exact a terrible revenge. Unlike his earlier opera, on this one he turned to a collaborator for the first of many works
Here’s a hint: A beautiful 20th-century take on an English master.
Here’s a hint: Witches certainly know how to have fun while casting spells!
Here’s a hint: hypochondriacs can use a good laugh…
Here’s a hint: hypochondriacs can use a good laugh…
The composer wrote this piece for the Chicago Grand Opera company in 1919, and it stands as one of his more immediate successes. However, New York critics decried its extremely high budget. The original librettist wrote this mock fairy tale as a reaction to the criticism he received from his contemporaries that said his stories lacked originality.
Here’s a hint: a kooky communist commotion!
Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: a composer with “four fathers”?
Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: Shaking out some thanks.
Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: An entirely different kind of Turkey.
Can you name this tune? Put on your dancing shoes and let your imagination run wild…
Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: We can see clearly now, the rain has gone…
Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: thanks or no-thanks?
Here’s a hint: Sometimes you just gotta “wing it”!
Here’s a hint: Be careful what you wish for!
Here’s a hint: This composer was inspired by the folklore of his native land.
Can you name this tune? Here's a hint: one of twenty...
Here’s a hint: The greatest story ever told. . . and set to music!
Here’s a hint: We’re taking a madcap journey around the globe!
Here’s a hint: cloudy, with a 65% chance of tap-dancing…
Here’s a hint: shipwrecks are in the forecast…
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Here’s a hint: good day for a wedding, but watch for thunderstorms!
Here’s a hint: protesting all the way to the top of the charts…
Here’s a hint: history catches on fire…
Here’s a hint: beware of poets bearing beverages…
Here’s a hint: not a “passing mark” in the judges’ eyes…
This famous opera’s overture leaves little doubt that sinister things lie ahead. The harrowing opening chords reappear at the climax, in which a ghost appears to drag his daughter’s seducer down to hell. Although, when this work was composed, this composer’s operas were more popular outside his hometown, it has become one of his signature works.
Here’s a hint: a rare trip into Latin territory…
Here’s a hint: It’s a work from what many call the “founder” of Russian classical music.
Here’s a hint: Think of it as the song “Part of Your World”. . . in Czech!
Here’s a hint: It’s an intense setting of a popular Russian fairy tale.
Here’s a hint: A price searches for his bride in this operatic classic.
Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? Pierre can’t bear to lose her head again.
Here’s a hint: It’s a piece about a princess who takes a VERY long nap.
Here’s a hint: Wait! Which opera are we listening to?
Here’s a hint: A Romantic German composer pays homage to his musical hero.
Here’s a hint: Two virtuosos come together in a musical showstopper!
Here’s a hint: It features two German innovators from two centuries apart.
The success of this composer’s first symphony left him on top of the world. But his toppling was probably orchestrated in the form of Hostile, threatening reviews because he was so famous. Whether or not he “meant it,” his next, far more conventional fifth symphony was self-described as a “response to just criticism.”…
Here’s a hint: It’s a favorite piece among cellists!
Here’s a hint: Paris, we have lift-off…
Here’s a hint: a composer who kept a good head on his shoulders…
Here’s a hint: music hot off the presses…
It would be a “capitol” idea to visit this city! Our composer was sometimes better appreciated here than in his native Vienna, and some of his operas were premiered here. Discover the solution to this puzzle on Ether Game, Tuesday evenings at 8. For more musical fun and frustration, check our website at wfiu dot o-r-g slash ether game.
Here’s a hint: It’s the perfect union of jazz and classical music.
Here’s a hint: It’s a Russian twist on America’s music.
Here’s a hint: It’s the signature chart of a famous Latin Jazz musician.
This opera tells the story of the Babylonian captivity with a sultry brew of longhaired strongmen, scheming ladies, and some pretty steamy dancing. Things might not go well for our hero once his girlfriend learns the secret of his strength. But he still has a trick up his sleeve, and his captors have danced their last exotic dance…
Here’s a hint: It’s a jazz standard taken from the Great White Way.
Here’s a hint: It’s a big hit from the king of ragtime.
Here's a hint: how the other half lives...
This macabre story concerns an insane Victorian barber who slaughters his clients and delivers them to his enterprising downstairs neighbor to bake into meat pies. In the meantime, he runs a mean business, despite the interference of some colorful competitors….
Here's a hint: The dinner date from hell...
Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: so much better than the "first" songs...
Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: great American leaders...
Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: Happy New Year! Now get practicing!
Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: better than February in Brussels...
This work, the composer's only opera, took nearly twenty years to write, and was never fully finished! After the composer’s death, several of his friends completed the opera for him. Famous for its exotic dances, the opera dramatizes a medieval conflict between a growing empire and a nomadic tribe.
Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: go to the back of the calendar and back up a step...
Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: artful practice...
Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: awwww, cute little universe!...
Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: Papa teacher
Here's a hint: one thousand and one stories in one symphonic suite...
This classic Broadway musical explores racism with a very old story, substituting modern ethnic rivalries for medieval Italian families. Although the composer had made his reputation already as a composer and conductor, it was the Broadway debut for its lyricist, who went on to write words and music for countless classic shows.
Here's a hint: Henry Purcell in the 20th century...
Here’s a hint: yo! ho-ho, and an Academy Award…
In this film, a young man with an overbearing mother and a horrible secret runs the sort of motel you wouldn’t want to check into. The composer of the score was known for using unorthodox instrumentation rather than standard studio orchestras. For this film, he used only a small string ensemble to focus and intensity the film’s stark brutality.
Here’s a hint: faith rides the waves…
Here’s a hint: smooth sailing…
Here’s a hint: You don’t always have to do what the devil says!
Here’s a hint: It’s a work that was way ahead of its time.
Here’s a hint: It’s music that’s meant to scare the pants off of you!
Here’s a hint: This guy is good . . . maybe too good. . .
This composer found the poetry of older generations particularly appealing. The poet who wrote these lines, for example, had died around the time the composer was born. But he managed to find current, relevant emotions in these older poems, setting them as two song-cycles for voice and orchestra during a time of great personal crisis…
Here’s a hint: There are weird things going down the graveyard tonight!
Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: Music that is pure kismet
Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: Bugs, frogs, and darkness, oh my!
Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: Celestial wanderers
Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: A human craving for happiness.
Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: A love letter for Spillville.
Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? Listen closely to see if anything “strikes a spark”…
Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: Pomp and circumstance for the Roman age.
Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: A patriotic melody fit for many nations.
Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: that’s what you get for rolling around in the grass in your Oxford!
Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: A reign of encyclopedic proportions.
Following the death of an artistic friend, this composer attended a posthumous exhibition of his. The inspiration for this movement was a blueprint, but the architectural marvel it depicted didn’t actually exist! Although the plan was officially approved, it was never constructed, and this musical tribute is the closest it came to being realized…
Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: the very model of a modern comic opera…
Although Italian by birth, he served the king of France first as a ballet dancer. His musical compositions soon received official support, making him one of the most successful and influential composer around. He struck his foot with a large time-keeping baton during a performance of this piece, and the wound became infected causing his early death
This selection quotes a centennial scripture. Together with the work that was composed immediately before this piece, the two are the most overt in their themes based on the religious and ethnic identity of the composer. The first has been described as a work often at the edge of despair, while this music is joyful and at times serene.
The true nature of this piece lies in a 20th century event: the composer adopted the style of another composer in this deeply personal work that remembers his friends lost in the First World War. When he was confronted for the light-hearted nature of this elegy, he replied, “The dead are sad enough, in their eternal silence.”
Few philanderers can match the tenacity of the main character and antagonist of this well-known story. He measures his conquests by the page, and isn’t afraid to fault his devious nature. All of this running around makes punishment certain. The charlatan’s nature is exposed and all the lists in the world can’t keep him from his due reward.
The score for this epic story was cobbled together from a couple of different sources. One of those sources was originally published in ten volumes totaling nearly ten thousand individual lines of verse. And most written while the author was blind! After its initial success, the libretto was recast in the language of the composer’s home country.
This composer was the first American conductor of the New York Philharmonic and composed in both classical and popular fields. During his career cigarettes became something of his trademark, but later he became increasingly addicted to alcohol and drugs. He eventually developed lung cancer and died of cardiac arrest following lung failure.
This composer was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but lived in New York City until he was 16. He was invited to return to Argentina to play and arrange for a tango orchestra. He further developed his musical talents by studying with Alberto Ginastera Nadia Boulanger. He later began turning his attention to developing a new style of tango.
The holiday commemorated here is observed on a different date from one that’s celebrated in the West. The celebrations date all the way back to the age of paganism and early Christianity in that country. Most of the themes incorporated in the piece depict aspects of the country's liturgical music and pagan celebrations of the past.
This score was written just shortly after the composer penned an otherworldly TV theme, but the music heard here is no less chilling. A case of mistaken identity turns into a nightmare for a New York business executive when thugs presume he is out to stop their operation. Discover the solution to this puzzle on Ether Game, Tuesday evenings at 8.
This American composer had to take on several other odd jobs, including an insurance salesman, in order to make a living. This composer loved to think outside the box when it came to composing music, and while he never achieved significant musical notoriety during his lifetime, he has since become one of our country’s most admired musical figures.
Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: Sadly, spring doesn’t last forever
Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: How can you NOT want to dance in the spring?
Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: Someone’s kinda gloomy in Scandinavia
The story of this legendary seducer has inspired many wonderful works of art, including paintings, a full-scale opera, and this fiendishly difficult orchestral masterpiece. The composer wrote a famous collection of orchestral works that not only tell a story through music, but also delve deep into the emotional core of each story.
Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: Medieval priests knew how to party!
Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: Spring calms even the fieriest of tempers
This selection is based on an architectural design for a great European city. Although the structure was never constructed, it’s magnitude on paper inspired this closing movement of a larger work. The artist was a close friend of the composer and the work from which this piece is taken was dedicated to him
In the hands of a famous twentieth-century composer and conductor, this eighteenth-century satire has remained relevant. We follow our hero and heroine through all manner of unlikely adventures as they search for pure happiness. Although the operetta had a long and complex production history, the composer recorded a “final” version in 1989.
In this classic Russian fairy tale, three princesses are kidnapped by a nasty goblin king. The tale is so popular that it even became the inspiration for a full-scale ballet by one of Russia’s most notable composers. The intense music and beautiful story have made it into a ballet classic.
While this arranger's romantic orchestral style isn’t “authentic” to this Baroque piece, he was still an important figure in American cultural life and was cemented by an appearance in “Fantasia.” Although chummy with Mickey Mouse, he famously received a less-gentle ribbing from Bugs Bunny, who impersonated him in an animated short…
19th-century Europe was humming and dancing along to this composer’s catchy tunes. This piece, one of the composer’s most well-known works, was written in 1882 to showcase a talented coloratura soprano who had made herself a star in Vienna. The piece remains as one of this composer’s most well-loved creations
The inspiration for this cantata was a trendy new beverage that was making its way across Europe in the early eighteenth century. The plot concerns a young lady, hopelessly addicted to the jive of the java, and her father, who tries to “cure” her by interfering in her love-life!
In this piece, the composer goes far beyond simply transcribing music from his favorite opera, a story about an unrepentant seducer. This special type of transcription, called “reminiscences” or “memories,” was popular with Romantic composers.
This composer so passionate about his operatic philosophy that he built his own theater to serve as the main performance space for his operas. The theater opened in 1876 with the world premiere production of his monumental cycle of four operas based on subjects from Norse and ancient German mythology.
This composer defined Hollywood music in the Golden Age of the major studios. Despite his numerous accolades, however, he lost the Academy Award. If sheer musical girth had been a factor, he certainly would have won-timing in at just under four hours of music. This civil war epic was only one of the twelve films on which he worked in the same year!
This composer was to compose a set of incidental music for a Russian production of one of the greatest plays ever written. While he was exhausted after just finishing one of his monumental operas, he agreed and began work on this piece in 1888. He would eventually compose two separate sets of music based on this play.
can you name this tune? Go to the land of balalaikas and Boris Godunov and see what you can come up with…
Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? It’s a musical tradition at graduations everywhere!
Although this composer is best known for his film work, his career began in radio, and eventually stretched to include both concert music and television. Although the grotesque, disturbing, and violent film didn’t please the director’s studio, both filmmaker and composer had a way of getting what they wanted…
This music was prominently featured in a film about the intoxicating power of chocolate, and how it shook up a small French town. Things are further complicated when gypsy guitarist finds his way ashore.
This composer wrote over 100 pieces featuring this instrument. That’s because it was his employer’s instrument of choice. It seems that his patron wasn’t so good at it. The most adept players would have been able to play a melody and accompany themselves at the same time, but this composer kept it simple to keep the benefactor happy.
This music honors an Austrian king. It was written to accompany a play about an older Hungarian king. The composer wrote this piece while taking a “rest cure” at a spa, as wars raged through Europe.
Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? It just might leave you chirping for more.