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#3067697 01/11/21 12:43 AM
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Name that tune?
A friend picked out this tune on the piano and asked if I could help figure out the title and composer.
I don't know it. Can anyone tell me?

I uploaded his mp3 to my website: https://www.beachbunnysoftware.com/music/WhoAmI.mp3

Thanks for any help!

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Sounds like it could be the famous "Beethoven" variation from Sir Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations.

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Originally Posted by Tim Adrianson
Sounds like it could be the famous "Beethoven" variation from Sir Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations.
Do you mean Variation IX, Nimrod?


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If anyone here can identify this, they should be able to do so by simply listening to the first 16 seconds. Sounds familiar to me - but I can't place it.


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Are we sure it's something?
I'm guessing that indeed it is, but there are a couple of unusual things about it.
Pretty soon it sounds random-ish, doesn't it? I mean, like a kid seeing a piano for the first time and just playing notes? I don't mean that's what it is, just that it seems almost random-ish.
And, isn't this unusually LONG for a thing that someone would remember and be able to play, without having any idea what it is?

Don't get me wrong, folks -- I'm not saying it isn't what it's supposed to be. From the other posts, I'm figuring that it is.
Just saying that there are these unusual things about it -- and so, maybe it isn't.

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EDIT: It is!
I mean, it's for real!

I found this out in time to have deleted what I said up there, but hey, it's too good to get rid of.
By which I mean, too stupid. ha

To my surprise and mild shock, I was able to see what this is by trying to look up the melody in the "Dictionary of Musical Themes," which in my experience almost never is able to solve anything.
But in this case, to my astonishment, those notes of the opening melody are an exact match for a thing in the index at the back of that book -- uniquely a match; there's no other piece in the index with those exact first few notes that are shown in the index -- and to my greater astonishment, when I turned to the page in the book where that example appears, I saw that the rest of the melody matches this audio too.

And not only that, but that the person playing it nailed it exactly. The whole thing matches.

It's by a composer I never heard of, Francis Thomé.
The piece is called Simple Confession, or Simple Aveu.

How about that, folks........

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BTW, despite my being here 11 years and having billions of posts, I think this might be the first time I was the one to solve one of these things.

You guys are too good. grin

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Bravo Mark thumb thumb thumb

It seems the piece was originally written for piano.

https://youtu.be/ZTrJ-Rb7rvk

Nice performance.

I wonder where the OP's friend first heard the work - and I'm impressed that he/she was able to remember so much of it.

p.s. I figured someone would be able to solve this by simply listening to the first 16 seconds. smile

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BTW, is anyone NOT reminded of:


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Originally Posted by Carey
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It seems the piece was originally written for piano.

https://youtu.be/ZTrJ-Rb7rvk

Nice performance.

I wonder where the OP's friend first heard the work - and I'm impressed that he/she was able to remember so much of it.

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The funny thing is that I played this piece as a teenager, but listening to the clip offered in the OP which had a familiar "ring" to it, I couldn't place it. Now that I know what it is, when I go back to the clip, I can hear it, even without the recorded performance added by Carey.

Here's a link to the score :

Simple aveu

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Thanks for the score Bruce !!


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Originally Posted by Carey
If anyone here can identify this, they should be able to do so by simply listening to the first 16 seconds. Sounds familiar to me - but I can't place it.

It is often sung by people in plays or television to insinuate lack of compassion when a member of the cast is relating some hard luck story, you normally only hear about the first 5 notes before somebody shouts, "Shut up!"

I certainly remember it being used in a "Steptoe and Son" episode, sung by Harold to his Dad, although I don't remember the specific episode.

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Originally Posted by slipperykeys
Originally Posted by Carey
If anyone here can identify this, they should be able to do so by simply listening to the first 16 seconds. Sounds familiar to me - but I can't place it.

It is often sung by people in plays or television to insinuate lack of compassion when a member of the cast is relating some hard luck story, you normally only hear about the first 5 notes before somebody shouts, "Shut up!"

I certainly remember it being used in a "Steptoe and Son" episode, sung by Harold to his Dad, although I don't remember the specific episode.
Are you sure you're not confusing it with THIS song - "Hearts and Flowers" - which I used to play when accompanying melodramas back in my college days.

Theme starts at 23 seconds in....

https://youtu.be/_TCIKfWiUSQ


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Originally Posted by Carey
Theme starts at 23 seconds in....

https://youtu.be/_TCIKfWiUSQ

What a coincidence, I was searching for Moldavite Museum (in Český Krumlov) earlier today, and one of this guy's video showed up for some reason.

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Originally Posted by newport
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Theme starts at 23 seconds in....

https://youtu.be/_TCIKfWiUSQ

What a coincidence, I was searching for Moldavite Museum (in Český Krumlov) earlier today, and one of this guy's video showed up for some reason.

Oops .. sorry mistaken identity (I got lost in the alphabet soup :-)

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Thank you, Mark!!!
My friend said her husband confirms that that's exactly what he was looking for.

Amazing detective work on your part!

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Originally Posted by Mark_C
BTW, is anyone NOT reminded of:


Definitely. We use the Thomé piece all the time for ballet, and every time it starts I know the dancers are going "wait, swan or simple aveu"?

Same thing with Merikanto "Summer Waltz" theme and a famous men's variation from the ballet Flames of Paris.


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