Sunday, December 29, 2013

200 Quiz Answer


The answer: Mozart’s “The Magic Flute"
Here’s the “bird man” in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of the opera, surrounded by Julie Taymor’s birds. 
(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "Y" is for "yearning")
Here’s this week’s Berownial quiz question.  I wrote the following scenelet, thinking it might remind you of a gorgeous Mozart musical production.  What’s its name? 

“Cathy, I do hope you won’t take this the wrong way, but I’m afraid it was a mistake to invite Adam to dinner last night.”

“Yes, it was kind of a jittery evening, wasn't it?  I thought Dad might make an effort to be at least a little polite when I bring a friend home to meet the folks.”

“Well, you know your father.  His idea of a young man for his daughter is someone in the corporate world or in hedge funds or whatever.  He just couldn’t get his mind around what a ‘bird man’ is or what he does.”

“Mom, Adam is just a friend.  I happen to admire him very much.  There aren’t many young guys his age who are openly yearning, yearning for something and probably aren't sure themselves what it is.”

“Well, yearning is okay, I guess.  But I'm a bit like Dad; earning is pretty important too.  What is it exactly that Adam does for a living?  Something to do with birds, evidently.”

“It’s – it’s a bit difficult to explain.  His job is sort of unique.”

“He hunts birds?  He goes into the woods and shoots birds?”

“No, no, not at all.  He goes into the woods but not to kill anything; he sort of collects birds.”

“He collects birds.  I see.  It’s a scientific thing.”

“Well, sort of.  To be honest, I don’t have it perfectly clear in my mind just what he does with them.  I guess he sells them.”

“There can’t be a lot of money in that.”

“You see, Mom, that’s the thing.  He doesn’t care about money.  He has his mind set on higher things.”

“Like collecting birds.”

“I know it sounds odd, but keep in mind that the thing I admire is that he’s so dedicated, so committed, to his work.”

“Yes, you mentioned that he even dresses up like a bird when he’s working.  Dad did find that – strange.”

“Well, Adam says he wants to understand the mindset of birds when he walks among them.”

“H’mm.  I think Dad was worried that you might get serious about this fellow.  He probably could see himself walking down the aisle some day to give his daughter away and waiting there would be the groom – outrageously dressed like a bird.”

30 comments:

Helen said...

Another favorite of mine ...
The Magic Flute!

Frances Garrood said...

The Magic Flute. May I have a prize, please?

Berowne said...

Frances Garrood and Helen start us off with the right answer.

Kathe W. said...

the Magic Flute?

humbird said...

Opera 'Magic Flute' with Papageno - bird catcher.

Berowne said...

Three more "winners"; Kathe W, humbird and naturgesetz, sll hsve the right answer.



kaykuala said...

Berowne, 'A Musical Joke' perhaps!

Hank

Roger Owen Green said...

I say the Magic Flute on film a number of years ago, so I will guess that.

Strummed Words said...

The bird angle reminds me of the book, Snapper, about a guy who charts bird movements for an environmental group, and just about lives in the trees. Very inventive skit!

Lyn said...

Can it be, "The Magic Flute"? Even if not..joy to my heart just thinking of it..thanks!! Best wishes...

Berowne said...

Lyn and Roger Owen Green have each provided us with the correct answer.

Tess Kincaid said...

The Magic Flute?

Leaz said...

The Magic Flute, I presume.

May the new year be filled with splendid adventures for you, Berowne.

Berowne said...

Tess Kincaid and Leaz are two more who've given us the right answer.

Other Mary said...

I'm afraid I'm more familiar with Bach than Mozart.

Meryl said...

The Magic Flute!

Thanks for these challenges, and hope 2014 brings you good health, joy and peace.

Richard Lawry said...

I enjoy your posts. Happy New Year from An Arkie's Musings

Leslie: said...

I'm not sure, but I'm going to guess "The Magic Flute." Have a wonderful New Year!

Leslie
abcw team

Hildred said...

The Magic Flute????

Berowne said...

Hildred, Leslie and Meryl have just checked in with the correct answer.

sefccw said...

I liked the post, but have no idea what the Mozart production might be.

oldegg said...

This may be "The Magic Flute" (I hope!)

Sheilagh Lee said...

no idea

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

It's a new year, and Sunday Scribblings 2 is a new place for prompts for writers of whatever genre. I was sorry to see Sunday Scribblings go, so I decided to continue the tradition. Each Wednesday, I will post a new prompt. At midnight Friday, you will be able to link your writing to this site: Sunday Scribblings 2

The prompt is up. Please join us!

Berowne said...

Oldegg wrapped up the old year by giving us the right answer.

sharplittlepencil.com said...

The Magic Flute?

Sorry I've been absent... pastor's wife and Christmas = busy. Amy

Berowne said...

Amy and her Sharp Little Pencil has also joined us with the right answer.

naturgesetz said...

Somehow my correct answer from last Sunday (cf. Berowne's post of 3:15 p.m., Dec. 29) disappeared, so here it is again for the enjoyment of all:

"Die Zauberflöte"

Berowne said...

Thanks, naturgesetz. Somehow your answer mysteriously disappeared. Glad to have the title in German, umlaut and all.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

I hope 2014 proves to be a good year for you and yours!

 
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