Are these songs the same?
May 16, 2011 7:29 AM   Subscribe

Today I noticed that Secret Garden's Song from a Secret Garden sounds similar to the Howl's Moving Castle theme. The strange thing is that the first song was released a decade before the film and Howl's Moving castle soundtrack is listed as an original soundtrack. I am kind of tone deaf so I wondered if any musicians could confirm or debunk this.
posted by jihaan to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

But the Secret Garden one sounds awfully like something else I can't put a name to.
posted by carter at 7:49 AM on May 16, 2011 [1 favorite]

Best answer: They have similar opening figures/chords but they depart after the first few measures. They are in different meters, too.
posted by scatter gather at 7:51 AM on May 16, 2011

Best answer: Judging by the YouTube comments on it, you're not the only one who believes so, and I can hear the similarity, mostly in the way it's played (Howl's Moving Castle being big on the soft piano and soulful violin). So no, they're not the same song, and I don't suspect that there's any plagiarism going on. At the same time, yes, they're stylistically very similar, and do sound almost like they could have been composed by the same person.

And carter, if you're anything like me, then it reminded you of Faure's Pavane.
posted by specialagentwebb at 8:11 AM on May 16, 2011 [2 favorites]

And carter, if you're anything like me, then it reminded you of Faure's Pavane

Yes yes yes! No I can go back to work ...
posted by carter at 8:17 AM on May 16, 2011

No/now ...
posted by carter at 8:18 AM on May 16, 2011

Best answer: No. I've done lots of transcriptions and as song similarities go, that one is slight.
posted by Rich Smorgasbord at 11:39 PM on May 23, 2011

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