Final Jeopardy: Classical Music

Today’s Final Jeopardy question (6/16/2017) in the category “Classical Music” was:

Scholars think this 1810 piano piece was dedicated to Elisabeth Rockel or Therese Malfatti, a student of the composer.

New champ Debb Johnson won $12,700 yesterday. In her second game, she’s up against these two players: Peter Guekguezian, from Fresno, CA; and Melanie Glassco, from Atlanta, GA.

Round 1 Categories: Veep – Rhyme Time – Stock Symbols – TV Workplaces – East on the Map – 1971’s Cosmo Girl’s Guide to the New Etiquette

Peter found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Veep” under the $800 clue on the 4th pick of the round. He was in second place with negative $400, $400 behind Melanie who was still at zero. (Debb was in the hole for $800). Despite this situation, he bet the $1,000 allowance and he was RIGHT.

In 1980 this ex-Veep defended himself in a political memoir “Go Quietly… or else” show

Peter finished in the lead with $6,800. Melanie was second with $4,600 and Debb was last with $3,000.

Round 2 Categories: You’re Fired From the Movie! – Health & Medicine – Superstition – A Long Time Ago in America – The Condemned Man – Last “-iel”

Melanie found the first Daily Double in “Long Time Ago in America” under the $2,000 clue on the 8th pick. She was in second place with $7,000 at this point, $3,800 less than Peter’s lead. She bet $4,000 and thought it was George III. That was WRONG.

In 1663 this English king established a colony in eastern North America; it would eventually become 2 colonies. show

Debb found the last Daily Double in “Last “-iel”” under the $1,200 clue, with a dozen clues left after it. In third place with $4,200, she had $7,000 less than Peter’s lead. She bet $3,000 and she was RIGHT.

She’s the mother of Silas Randall Timberlake. show

Peter finished in the lead with $17,600. Debb was next with $9,200 and Melanie was in third place with $7,800.

Only ONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


There are many theories about the dedication of Beethoven’s 1810 bagatelle. The one we like best is called “The Legend of Fur Elise” on the website All about Ludwig von Beethoven. The story goes that after falling in love with his 18-year-old student, Therese Malfatti, Beethoven composed this piece for her and attended a party at her father’s house, intending to propose marriage. Instead he got so pickled, he couldn’t play it or make his proposal. He did write the dedication on it in a drunken scrawl that would lead to the name it ended up with and centuries of speculation.

“It helps if you know that the composer was Beethoven,” Alex Trebek said, before revealing the responses. It might have helped a lot more if they played a clip like I thought they would. heh heh heh

Melanie wrote down “Claire de Lune” (DeBussy). She lost her $7,700 bet and finished with $100.

Debb had “Moonlight Sonata,” a Beethoven piece dedicated to a different student in 1801. That cost her $5,000 and left her with $4,200.

Peter got it right. He bet $801 so he won the match with $18,401 and he is the new Jeopardy! champ. Actually, he would have won even if he got it wrong but he was really happy that he got it right.

Final Jeopardy (6/16/2017) Debb Johnson, Melanie Glassco, Peter Guekguezian

A triple stumper from each round

YOU’RE FIRED FROM THE MOVIE! ($1200) As he’s called “The Human Torch”, Johnny Storm of this title group is kinda perfect for this category

THE CONDEMNED MAN ($2000) This Norman Mailer book tells how convicted killer Gary Gilmore lobbied for his own death by firing squad

2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “20th Century Scientists”

Everything changed in 1924 after he observed “I have found a Cepheid variable in the Andromeda Nebula.” show

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6 Responses

  1. Lou says:

    Fur elise is always my favorite classical music because when I played where in time is carmen sandiego, I had to listne to it countless times. such great memories. Also moonlight Sonata isn;t a bad guess though I am a huge fan of Beethoven and his classical pieces, including his 5th symphony and 9th symphony. Still though Debb had played valiantly and I hope to god that we have peter being a multi champ I hope next week, vJ?

    • Dalton Higbee says:

      I have never heard of Fur Elise before!

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, well, Debb’s chances for a nice run looked good yesterday too. ;) I’m just trying to enjoy each game and the clues. I thought they all did well today, though that was a tough break on the DD for Melanie. As I said in the recap, I thought the FJ would have been a bit easier with a clip.

      LINK: 9 more clue from the match

  2. aaaa says:

    47/61 here. Debb should have gone all in or at least wager $7600 or more to stay above Peter if he gets FJ! wrong and she gets it right(the reverse happened anyway), as the game was not a lock and Debb had less than 2/3 of Peter’s total.