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"From the Ted Talk by Michael Tilson Thomas: Music and emotion through time"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

And he said something like, "Me ... boy ... symphony ... beoevhetn." And I suddenly got it, and I said, "Friend, by any chance are you trying to play this?" (Music) And he said, "Yes, yes. I was a little boy. The symphony: Isaac stren, the concerto, I heard it." And I thguoht, my God, how much must this music mean to this man that he would get himself out of his bed, across the room to recover the moemry of this music that, after everything else in his life is sloughing away, still means so much to him?

Open Cloze

And he said something like, "Me ... boy ... symphony ... _________." And I suddenly got it, and I said, "Friend, by any chance are you trying to play this?" (Music) And he said, "Yes, yes. I was a little boy. The symphony: Isaac _____, the concerto, I heard it." And I _______, my God, how much must this music mean to this man that he would get himself out of his bed, across the room to recover the ______ of this music that, after everything else in his life is sloughing away, still means so much to him?

Solution

  1. beethoven
  2. thought
  3. memory
  4. stern

Original Text

And he said something like, "Me ... boy ... symphony ... Beethoven." And I suddenly got it, and I said, "Friend, by any chance are you trying to play this?" (Music) And he said, "Yes, yes. I was a little boy. The symphony: Isaac Stern, the concerto, I heard it." And I thought, my God, how much must this music mean to this man that he would get himself out of his bed, across the room to recover the memory of this music that, after everything else in his life is sloughing away, still means so much to him?

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
classical music 7

Important Words

  1. bed
  2. beethoven
  3. boy
  4. chance
  5. concerto
  6. god
  7. heard
  8. isaac
  9. life
  10. man
  11. means
  12. memory
  13. music
  14. play
  15. recover
  16. room
  17. sloughing
  18. stern
  19. suddenly
  20. symphony
  21. thought