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Postby Shapley » Fri Dec 08, 2006 9:46 am

Navneeth at last has offered a query?
With the name of a composer extraordinary!
Is the composer Beethoven, Ludwig van?
Yes, indeed, he is the man!
Quod scripsi, scripsi.
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Postby navneeth » Fri Dec 08, 2006 9:51 am

Is it a concerto? If not, one of his overtures?
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Postby Shapley » Fri Dec 08, 2006 10:16 am

And now, as we move to page number three,
I sense that no better time we will see,
to recap the answers we've gotten thus far.
The facts that we know to this point are:

Ludwiggy, Iggy, Iggy, is the composer's name,
Whose musical craftsmanship earned great fame.
On the Rhines western shore, in Bonn he was born.
He first saw the sun rise on a December morn.

Later he crossed over the Rhine's river bed,
And settled in Austria, but never did wed.
On the Rhine's eastern side he lived out his life,
his immortal beloved never becoming his wife.

Musicians worldwide honour his name,
Throughout the whole world he has acquired fame.
His music aclaimed, his name is renowned,
as no other composer, at least none that I've found.

The work is orchestral, that much is known,
Composed before the Dutch Calvinists overthrown.
When President Washington to Mount Vernon retired,
The penning of this work had not yet transpired.
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Postby Shapley » Fri Dec 08, 2006 10:24 am

Is this piece some kind of concerto?
The simple answer here is 'no'.
On overture to a drama or play?
The answer, again, is a simple 'nay'.
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Postby navneeth » Fri Dec 08, 2006 10:31 am

I just heard Placido Domingo received many a boo,
Is the work in your mind a WoO?

Now, that's poetry! :rofl:
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Postby Shapley » Fri Dec 08, 2006 10:46 am

Poetry indeed! No doubt short I would fall,
If I tried to rhyme Werke ohne Opuszahl!
As to your question, I'm afraid you are mistaken,
if you think of an opus this piece is forsaken.
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Postby Catmando » Fri Dec 08, 2006 11:06 am

Is it symphonic,

for which LVB was iconic?
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Postby Shapley » Fri Dec 08, 2006 11:13 am

A Symphony? Yes!. This is great!
We've narrowed our choices to one of eight!
(Eight? You ask. He wrote nine symphonies for us!,
Yes, but number nine is for orchestra and chorus!)
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Postby Shapley » Fri Dec 08, 2006 11:35 am

And while speaking of Beethoven, do not forget,
for Beethoven day shopping it's not late yet!
The weatherman's calling for an end to our drought.
I hope the Beethoven's Day Parade isn't rained out!

There'll be winter games at the Beethoven Day fair.
I hope I'll be seeing all of you there!
And music! Such music as seldom we hear!
Oh! Beethoven's birthday soon will be here!

So raise your glass and drink a toast,
to that wonderful composer we love the most!
Next Saturday, mark it and remember!
Beethoven's Birthday, the 16th of December!
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Postby Catmando » Fri Dec 08, 2006 11:41 am

Oh LVB, your symphonies have provided you with such fame!

Please Shapley, tell us, does this symphony have an attached name?
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Postby barfle » Fri Dec 08, 2006 11:41 am

To catmando do I reply
No question to be counted, say I
Indeed my rhyming friend
Strauss was whom I did intend.

As this did not ring a bell
It is clear my choice on the wrong side fell
Perhaps another idea will come my way
And another question I will add to the fray
But not today.
--I know what I like--
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Postby Catmando » Fri Dec 08, 2006 11:45 am

barfle wrote:To catmando do I reply
No question to be counted, say I
Indeed my rhyming friend
Strauss was whom I did intend.

As this did not ring a bell
It is clear my choice on the wrong side fell
Perhaps another idea will come my way
And another question I will add to the fray
But not today.


It was most certainly Strauss, who came to mind,
Thank you for your input on electricity, you and others are too kind!
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Postby Shapley » Fri Dec 08, 2006 11:50 am

Does a moniker for this symphony alongside
the number on the title page reside?
To this symphony no title did the composer afix.
Which narrows our choices now to six.
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Postby Shapley » Fri Dec 08, 2006 11:59 am

To Catmando my thanks most gracious,
The gap in my knowledge is really quite spacious.
The German composers, by the name of Strauss,
Do have a surname that rhymes with 'mouse'.

Of Johann and Richard I have some knowledge,
Their music was popular when I was in college.
Yet when I searched in this old brain of mine,
Their name in my memories I did not find.

I owe you apologies, it also appears,
as a host of this thread I am in arrears.
You posted your reply so long ago, ages,
but I missed it because of the turn of the pages!
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Postby Catmando » Fri Dec 08, 2006 12:09 pm

Last weekend was the 1st time I heard the Overture King Stephen,

tell me Shap, is the Symphony's number even?
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Postby Shapley » Fri Dec 08, 2006 12:14 pm

It's true I'm a fan of numbers divisible by two,
but the odd numbered symphonies I do not eschew.
An uneven numbered work was chosen by me,
which narrows our choices now down to three!

Lest anyone now is busily debating,
which symphonies have been eliminated.
Determining their numbers is easily done.
The remaining symphonies are 7, 5, and 1!
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Postby bignaf » Fri Dec 08, 2006 12:19 pm

is it in the key of C?
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Postby Shapley » Fri Dec 08, 2006 12:24 pm

Is it in the key of C? You ask.
To further simplify the task.
Major or Minor must still be debated,
but Symphony #7 is eliminated!
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Postby Catmando » Fri Dec 08, 2006 12:33 pm

From arguably the 4 most famous notes in history, this symphony comes alive,

my guess, Mr. Shapley, is this indeed number five?
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Postby Shapley » Fri Dec 08, 2006 12:42 pm

Opus 67. The Fifth Symphony!
Is indeed the work chosen by me.
From all of his works I choose thus,
for a reason that should be obvious. :D

'Fate knocks upon the door"
Is how describes those opening four
notes that begin this well-known composition.
And thus now ends this competition.
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