In all the holiday shuffle and fluster,
I feared this game had lost its luster.
Or perhaps my rhyming grew too lame
and drove the readers from the game!
If we'd waited much longer to restart, I doubt
I'd have remembered which piece I was thinking about.
In order to provide you, dear reader, a map
to the solution, I'll compose a poetic recap.
In the ninteenth century the composer drew his first breath,
and during that same hundred years he passed to his death.
Born in Germany, before the year 1820 had passed,
the year 1850 was concluded before he breathed his last.
The composer had left us, to the grave departed,
Before the year of 1882 had started.
The work is orchestral, with soloists, too.
You've deduced that it's opera, that much is true.
It has more than one act, piece, movement, or part.
though there are not three in the work of musical art.
If I've correctly counted the questions between
my verses, we're ready for number seventeen.
Quod scripsi, scripsi.