Final Jeopardy: Classical Music

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (11/16/2012) in the category “Classical Music” was:

This 1890 piece was named for a Verlaine poem that begins “Your soul is as a moonlit landscape fair.”

It’s the final match of the Teachers Tournament semi-finals. Competing today are three fellows who were all quarter-final winners: Colby Burnett from Chicago, IL; Brenton Montie, from South Lyon, MI and  Drew Joanides, from Miami, FL.

Colby found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “In the “MM”iddle.” He was in the lead with $4,000, $3,600 more than Brenton in second place. Colby said he was going to “Roger Craig this” and bet it all, but he couldn’t come up with a guess so he was WRONG.

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Brenton finished in the lead with $2,800. Colby was second with $1,800 and Drew was last, in the hole to the tune of $1,200.

Drew found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “American History.” He was only $400 in the red now and Colby was in the lead with $3,400. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

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Brenton found the last Daily Double in “17th Century Words.” He had $5,200, $5,400 less than Colby’s lead. He bet $2,500, and he was RIGHT.

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Colby finished in the lead with $13,800 and Brenton was next with $7,300. Drew had zero so he was done at this point and unable to participate in Final Jeopardy (but he still got his $10 grand for making it to the semi-finals).

Only ONE of the remaining contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“Both Ravel and Fauré composed pieces based on Verlaine’s poetry, and this poem inspired Claude Debussy to write his own ‘Clair de lune’, the third movement of his Suite bergamasque and the work for which he is now most famous.” (The Reader Online: Clair de Lune)

Brenton wrote down “Moonlight Sonata,” which is by Beethoven. He lost everything but $2.00.

Colby got it right and bet $901, bringing him up to $14,701 and making him the winner of this match, a tough one indeed. He will return on Monday to begin a two-day face off for that grand prize of $100,000.

Michael Farabaugh and Kate Wilson will also be there.

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