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Peter Clark
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Last night's Mastermind featured a competitor who was/is an organist whose specialist subject was Herbert Howells. I think he must have ben watching Songs of Priase the night before as he sounded just like Richard Ingrams (though I did agree with most of wha he said). Incidentally, he came second with 18 points, being beaten by someone answering quesions on The Sopranos (the TV series that is, not the singers) who came in at 19. Did anybody else catch this?

 

Peter

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I didn't catch it, but I remember that a couple of years ago someone chose as his special subject 'the life and works of Maurice Durufle'.

 

I was rather pleased that, having never studied Durufle in any particular detail, and just picked it up as I went along, I was able to answer just one less question correctly than the contestant managed.

 

The one pub - quiz fact about Durufle that I have subsequently learned is that, apparently, he wore a toupee. I was told that as young man he had some sort of electro - magnetic treatment for a condition which had the regrettable side effect of causing him to lose his hair. This makes sense when you look at photographs of him.

 

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M

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Which leads me to muse, that

 

There was a young man called Durufle

Who was forced into wearing a toupee.

Whilst his Suite Opus 5

Brought his music alive,

His hair could no longer be coupe

 

(Afraid my computer cannot do the accents).

 

M

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Which leads me to muse, that

 

There was a young man called Durufle

Who was forced into wearing a toupee.

Whilst his Suite Opus 5

Brought his music alive,

His hair could no longer be coupe

 

(Afraid my computer cannot do the accents).

 

M

 

 

Johann Sebastian Bach

Woke up with a start, saying "Ach!

My trio sonatas

And fiendish toccatas

Will thwart the career of P Clach."

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A cautionary tale illustrating the perils of over-enthusiastic hand registration on old organs...

 

Our organist came from Lahor

Alas he now plays here no more

Grabbed fast for a flute

Out the stop knob did shoot

And he fell twenty feet to the floor.

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