A new series with this name began on Fine Music Radio 101.3 (FMR) on Sunday 2nd January 2022 at midday. It contains a mystery at its heart. I am supplying musical and verbal clues over 12 weeks on Sundays at midday, hoping that listeners will play along and find the answer some time before the denouement Programme 13 at the end of March. If anyone thinks they have cracked it, they can let me know at westwoodsmusic@gmail.com .

Update 13th March: – next week (20th March) the letters and meaning of the Acrostic will be revealed. Do join us on FMR.

Update: If you missed the programme, you can find a recording at the end of this post.

I will post the weekly playlists here for easy reference – after the broadcast……

Happy listening to FMR, and happy puzzling.


What is the musical feature that can be found in all these pieces written by composers whose surnames begin with:

Bach JS: Double Violin Concerto, 2nd movement

Quilter: A Children’s Overture

Clementi: Piano Sonata in A major – both movements

Chopin: Waltz in D flat (Minute) Op 64 No 1

Chopin: Waltz in E minor Op posthumous

Chaminade: Concertino for Flute and Piano

Chopin: Ballade No 1 in G minor Op 23

Clue pieces:

Crumb: ‘Pisces’ from The Zodiac

Copland: ‘HoeDown’ from Rodeo


BIPW (1)

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture

Beethoven: 1st Symphony, 2nd movement

Beethoven: 6th Symphony, Finale

Beethoven: Bagatelle in D major

Beethoven: Piano Sonata Op3 No 2, 1st Movement

Beethoven: Piano Sonata Op 13 (Pathetique), Finale

Beethoven: Piano Trio No 6 in E flat major, Finale 

Clue Pieces:

Bach JS: Double Violin Concerto, 2nd movement


BIPW (2)

Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture

Borodin: Prince Igor Overture

Wagner: Prelude to Lohengrin Act 1

Weber: Dear Freischutz Overture

Wieck: Ballade in D minor from Soirees Musicales

Clue Pieces:

Brahms: Intermezzo in E flat for Piano

Bennett: Hoe Down from The Billion Dollar Brain



Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld Overture

Handel: Prelude to Messiah

Handel: Air from Water Music Suite in F

Holst: Neptune from the The Planets Suite

Haydn: Clock Symphony (No 101), 2nd movement

Anderson, Leroy: The Rakes of Mallow from the Irish Suite

Haydn: Miracle Symphony (no 96), Finale

Clue Pieces:

Handel: Rigaudon from Water Music Suite in G

Vaughan Williams: Come down, O Love divine

Verdi: ‘Caro nome’ from Aida

Handel: Joy to the World



Glinka: Russlan and Ludmilla Overture

Grainger: Handel in the Strand

Grainger: Pastorale from In a Nutshell Suite

Grieg: Air from Holberg Suite

German: Welsh Rhapsody

Goldmark: ‘In Italy’ Overture

Clue pieces:

None this week


FMT (1)

Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture

Mozart: Piano Quartet in G Minor K478 – 2nd movement

Mozart: Piano Quartet in E flat major K493 – Finale

Mozart: String Quartet in D major K575 – Finale

Faure: Pavane

Mozart: Exsultate jubilate – 1st movement

Fodor: Symphony No 2 – Minuet

Clue Pieces:

Mozart: String Quartet in D minor K173 – Finale


FMT (2)

Thomas, Ambroise: Overture to Mignon

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6 (Pathetique) 1st, 2nd and 3rd movements (but not 4th)

Mahler: St Anthony’s Sermon to the Fishes from Das Knaben Wunderhorn

Mendelssohn: Song without words Op 85 No 3

Clue Piece:

Mahler: St Anthony’s Sermon to the Fishes from Das Knaben Wunderhorn



Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito Overture

Mendelssohn: Finale (Salterello) from Italian Symphony

Tchaikovsky: Waltz from Serenade for Strings

Tchaikovsky: Waltz from Eugene Onegin

Mahler: Finale from Symphony No 5

Milhaud: The Blue Train – Scene 5

Tchaikovsky: June from the The Seasons

Mozart: Conclusion of Don Giovanni

Clue Pieces:

Tchaikovsky: Act 2 Pas de Deux from The Nutcracker ballet

Mozart: Andante amoroso from Piano Sonata K 281


ELSZ (1)

Elgar: Triumphal March from Caractacus

Saint Saens: Piano Concerto No 2, 2nd movement

Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, 1st movement

Liszt: Piano Concerto No 1, Finale

Schubert: Piano Sonata In A major D959, 1st movement

Sibelius: Alla Marcia from the Karelia Suite

Clue Pieces:

Saint Saens: “Softly awakes my heart” from Samson and Delilah

Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor

PROGRAMME 10 (6th MARCH 2022)

ELSZ (2)

Sullivan: Nightmare Song from Iolanthe

Schubert: Impromptu No 1 in F minor

Enescu: Romanian Rhapsody No 1

Elgar: The Dance from Bavarian Highlands Suite

Schumann: Sylvesterlied from Album for the Young

Schumann: Toccata

Stravinsky: March from Danses Concertantes

Saint Saens: Organ Symphony Finale

Clue Pieces:

Satie: Dreamy Fish

Saint Saens: Aquarium from Carnival of the Animals

PROGRAMME 11 (13th MARCH 2022)


Dvorak: Symphony No 8 2nd movement

Ketelby: Bells across the Meadow

Riecha: Bassoon Sonata 1st movement

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G 1st movement

Rachmaninov: Paques from Fantasie-tableaux for 2 pianos

Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A Major Op81 Finale

Dubois (Max): Finale from Quartet for 4 Flutes

Ravel: Bolero

(Elgar: Dorabella from Enigma Variations)

Clue Pieces:

Kreisler: Allegro for Violin and Piano

Debussy: Poissons d’Or

PROGRAMME 12 (20th March 2022)


Chopin: Nocturne in B major Op8 No3

JS Bach: Courante from French Suite in G

Arnold: Symphony No 4 1st movement

Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor Finale

Field: Nocturne in E minor (No10)

Mahler: Um Mitternacht from 5 Ruckert Songs

Elgar: Scherzo from Symphony No 2

Dvorak: Piano Quintet No2 First movement

No clue pieces this week because the time for clues has finished. The Acrostic is revealed as a descending scale (CBAGFEDC). The question now remains: to what use have all the composers put descending scales in the all the pieces highlighted in pink above (and many more besides)? All will be revealed in the final programme on FMR at midday on Sunday 27th March 2022. Be there!

PROGRAMME 13 (27th March 2022)

Here is a recording of the final denouement programme:

Programme 13 in which the full answer to the musical acrostic was revealed