Now that pm's appear to be working I want to try this old format and take a moment to explain the 'rules' to those unfamiliar with it. I give some biographical clues to a composer...if you care to guess you do so by sending me a PM. If you guess correctly you may then post an obscure 'clue' or two but please don't post the solution....if no one gets it I sparingly post other clues once the whining gets loud.
If for some reason the pm's don't work no guess will count and we will work along the lines of the 30Q game but since here we are dealing with a composer rather than a specific work we should try to set a 20Q limit and see if that is workable.
I used to call these 'mo bios' because the master of composing these on the BBB is shostakovich. His monthly efforts were greatly anticipated diversions and their popularity resulted in my composition efforts as well as attempts by others. Maybe this will get him to do another if time and scheduling permit. Interested newcomers can search for threads titled '...mo bio' or shostakovich's '(Month) bio' to find working examples of these.
I decided to name these "Beat Bones' bios because if you compose one you are always trying to stump Bones. Many folks are good at solving these but Bones' speed and accuracy are BBB legend. I felt he set the benchmark and should be honored. I know on those rare occasions when someone solved one faster than Bones it was a source of great wonder amongst the participants and pride for the solver. I stumped him once...I doubt it will ever happen again. So his name is appended to the bio(s) as a benchmark for composers and solvers alike. If you are ready let's begin:
X is rather obscure as composers go. X's output is rather small, it includes symphonies, operas, songs, and piano works. X might be best known as a composer for transcriptions of other composers' work. X is hardly obscure in the Classical Music world. X is (was) a renowned performer and teacher. Who is X?
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