D. Bloomfield, Games and Puzzles for the Musical

The book Games and puzzles for the musical : a collection of the best games, puzzles, etc., for musical clubs and the home (1910) by Daniel Bloomfield is freely available online: https://archive.org/details/gamespuzzlesform00bloo/page/n3

The book consists of 51 items in Games chapter and 26 under Puzzles, Charades, etc. The activities are described both for the purpose of education as well as entertainment (in the context of social meetings of that time), and the exact target audience seems to be mixed up from time to time.

Both intended challenges and educational effects often revolve around the history of music. Unsurprisingly, the expected familiarity with biographies of classical composers is quite above the modern average. Most of the games don't involve music performance, sometimes their connection to music is really nominal, like a game of "Professor's Piano", where you just find adjectives by the letters of alphabet… they are supposed to describe the object in question and they don't have to be related to music. Other wordplays come up often same as other old-school mechanics like leaving the room or paying forfeits.

Games with music-making

title page description
Game in Ear-training 11 (see an example below)
Musical Potpourri 12 Chaining compositions for others to guess as many as they can
Magic Music 14 Volume as a dimension to signal the direction of action
Humming Birds 21 Everyone hums a song one by one while the rest tries to guess what is it
Table Tapping 24 Musically, it's just tapping on a table
Captured Composers 26 Guess a played piece and grab a picture of a composer
Silent Music 40 Omit syllables together when singing a song
A Musical Pastime 42 With staves on the floor, but only the variant with "aire played"
A Musical Story Game 45 For recognizing the played tune (again)
Improvisatore 63 Improvise and point to a person who takes over the improvisation
Who is the Singer? 68 Singing with disguised voices and guessing the performers
A Home-made Musical Instrument 69 Glassware tuned with water

Game in Ear-training

This is a game that will do much to amuse and instruct the participants. One of the party, whom we shall call The Composer, is blindfolded, and seated in the middle of the room; the rest of the party, who are The Critics, forming a ring around him. The Composer is given a baton or short stick. He then sings a short phrase of about five notes or more, according to the maturity of the players. When he is through he points his stick to any member of the company. The Critic at whom he is pointing must repeat the phrase. If he repeats it correctly, he takes the Composer's place; if not, he must pay a forfeit. Of course, the players change places after a Composer is blindfolded.

About this sub-page

This quote of the "Game in Ear Training" game is used as a part of a review for a book by Daniel Bloomfield, Games and puzzles for the musical. See it there for the full context.

Forfeits that involve performing music

17. Laugh first, sing next, then cry and lastly whistle.
18. [Imitate your favorite instrument]
23. Imitate a donkey as best you can
26. Perform a laughing scale, without a pause or mistake. [plus the diagram of ascending and descending "ha"s]
27. Act the musical duck. The player must sing a tune correctly, using only the words, "quack, quack."

Please note: The wide definition of music used in the title of this section is an anachronicism and the forfeits were mostly not intended as an occasion for musical performance.

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