Through the Ages

Released on November 28, 2015

for piano


National Public Radio (NPR) features the “piano puzzler” on Performance Today. Composer Bruce Adolphe takes a popular song and performs it in the style of a well-known classical composer.

Through the Ages is also a piano puzzler. In this variant, I have created five pieces, each based on the same well-known tune. Each piece is in the style of a major composer and the first four also imitate a specific work. The five composers appear in chronological order.

Try to guess the familiar melody used in all five pieces, then guess the composer and (for the first four) the work that forms the basis of the piece. The official answers include a scoring system so that you can see how well you did.