Please identiy this classic music snippet
June 29, 2010 4:22 AM   Subscribe

Can someone please identify this very pleasant piece of classical music for me? (OGM format). Thanks.
posted by zaebiz to Media & Arts (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
It sounds like something Waldo de los Rios did in the 1970s [not a link to the ditty you posted].
posted by ijsbrand at 4:34 AM on June 29, 2010

Best answer: It's a Latin-ized version of the Barcarolle from "Tales of Hoffman", by Jacques Offenbach.
posted by Johnny Assay at 4:53 AM on June 29, 2010

(Not sure who did the Latin-izing, though.)
posted by Johnny Assay at 4:55 AM on June 29, 2010

Response by poster: JA: Wow impressive thanks. May I ask how you knew this? I had no idea.
posted by zaebiz at 5:00 AM on June 29, 2010

Best answer: I recognized the tune as a moderately well-known classical piece, and looked it up in my copy of The Dictionary of Musical Themes. I think the Themefinder website has much of the same information if you find yourself needing to look up a classical tune in the future.
posted by Johnny Assay at 6:22 AM on June 29, 2010

Uhh, how do you use that Johnny? I would probably find it horribly useful if I knew how to use it. I am very good at recognizing but not remembering the name of various and sundry musics.
posted by that girl at 7:50 AM on June 29, 2010

Best answer: The artist (and Latin-izer) is Manuel and the Music of the Mountains. You can find the full track on their eponymous album, which is available on Spotify here, if you have access to a Spotify account.
posted by cloudbuster at 10:04 AM on June 29, 2010

Best answer: The easiest tool to use on ThemeFinder is the "Gross Contour" tool. Basically, you just need to know if the notes move up, move down, or stay the same. You then enter a / if the tune rises, a \ if the tune falls, and a - if it stays the same. For example, the famous eight-note opening of Beethoven's 5th symphony would be


(Note that there are eight notes, so there are seven transitions, so there are seven characters in the string you enter.) The search engine will then return a bunch of results in notes-on-a-staff form, and you can then listen to MIDI files of those themes by clicking on the little musical note icon below the staff.
posted by Johnny Assay at 10:29 AM on June 29, 2010

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