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Friday, May 11, 2007

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer - this week: Self-taught. Answers here

1. A Dutch artist who was virtually self-taught. In an attack of madness, he cut off part of his ear. His paintings include "Starry Night" and "Sunflowers".
2. US songwriter, a self-taught pianist and musician, who wrote many popular songs including "Georgia on My Mind" and "Stardust". His real first name was Hoagland.
3. English composer who was self-taught. His "Enigma Variations" brought him lasting fame and he also wrote "The Dream of Gerontius", the "Pomp and Circumstance Marches" and "Falstaff".
4. US scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, writer, printer, and publisher. After two years at school he was apprenticed to a printer at the age of 12, being self-taught from that time. He helped to draft the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.
5. Canadian jazz pianist, composer and arranger, whose collaborations with Miles Davis, starting in the late 1940s, led to the emergence of the "cool jazz" style. His real name was Ian Ernest Gilmore Green.
6. American rock star who was self-taught on piano, guitar, bass and drums. He had child roles in "The Cosby Show" and his albums included "Are You Gonna Go My Way" and "Circus".
7. US primitive painter, entirely self-taught. She only turned seriously to painting at the age of 67 after a life as a farmer's wife.
8. Catalan cellist, composer, and conductor. He was largely self-taught, and he was an outspoken critic of fascism who openly defied Franco.
9. French painter who claimed to have painted nothing before 1863, and was self-taught. His childlike intuitive style endeared him to the Surrealists, and his works included "Tropical Storm with Tiger".
10. American musician and self-taught virtuoso on the harmonica. He wrote the music for the film "Genevieve" and his autobiography was entitled "It Ain't Necessarily So"

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