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"From the Ted Talk by Mark Applebaum: The mad scientist of music"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

What I'd like to do today is to start with an excerpt of a piece of music at the piano. (msuic) Okay, I wrote that. (Laughter) No, it's not — (aalpspue) Oh, why thank you. No, no, I didn't write that. In fact, that was a piece by Beethoven, and so I was not ftuonnniicg as a composer. Just now I was functioning in the role of the interpreter, and there I am, iepterrtenr. So, an interpreter of what? Of a piece of music, right? But we can ask the question, "But is it music?" And I say this rhetorically, because of course by just about any standard we would have to concede that this is, of course, a piece of music, but I put this here now because, just to set it in your brains for the moment, because we're going to return to this question. It's going to be a kind of a refrain as we go through the presentation.

Open Cloze

What I'd like to do today is to start with an excerpt of a piece of music at the piano. (_____) Okay, I wrote that. (Laughter) No, it's not — (________) Oh, why thank you. No, no, I didn't write that. In fact, that was a piece by Beethoven, and so I was not ___________ as a composer. Just now I was functioning in the role of the interpreter, and there I am, ___________. So, an interpreter of what? Of a piece of music, right? But we can ask the question, "But is it music?" And I say this rhetorically, because of course by just about any standard we would have to concede that this is, of course, a piece of music, but I put this here now because, just to set it in your brains for the moment, because we're going to return to this question. It's going to be a kind of a refrain as we go through the presentation.

Solution

  1. functioning
  2. interpreter
  3. applause
  4. music

Original Text

What I'd like to do today is to start with an excerpt of a piece of music at the piano. (Music) Okay, I wrote that. (Laughter) No, it's not — (Applause) Oh, why thank you. No, no, I didn't write that. In fact, that was a piece by Beethoven, and so I was not functioning as a composer. Just now I was functioning in the role of the interpreter, and there I am, interpreter. So, an interpreter of what? Of a piece of music, right? But we can ask the question, "But is it music?" And I say this rhetorically, because of course by just about any standard we would have to concede that this is, of course, a piece of music, but I put this here now because, just to set it in your brains for the moment, because we're going to return to this question. It's going to be a kind of a refrain as we go through the presentation.

Important Words

  1. applause
  2. beethoven
  3. brains
  4. composer
  5. concede
  6. excerpt
  7. fact
  8. functioning
  9. interpreter
  10. kind
  11. laughter
  12. moment
  13. music
  14. piano
  15. piece
  16. presentation
  17. put
  18. question
  19. refrain
  20. return
  21. rhetorically
  22. role
  23. set
  24. standard
  25. start
  26. today
  27. write
  28. wrote