Name that classical trombone tune
June 28, 2012 7:52 PM   Subscribe

Name that classical tune! This classical music tune has bugged me for years.

The absolute pitch is almost certainly off, but the relative pitches and rhythm I'm pretty sure about. I believe the theme is first played on the trombone, and then maybe later on the cello. This isn't the beginning of the theme — the first few bars involve a bunch of glissandos that I can't enter into any of the melody search engines that I know about. So I turn to the hive mind.

This is the kind of question that'll probably be answered in ten minutes flat, but it will finally grant me some piece. Plus, since I play the trombone, I figure I should know where this excerpt is from.
posted by Johnny Assay to Media & Arts (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
MOV file won't play for me in anything, and the MIDI file has been downloaded too many times...
posted by Jimbob at 9:08 PM on June 28, 2012

yeah, I can't get to it at all. upload to youtube or soundcloud?
posted by KathrynT at 10:33 PM on June 28, 2012

I got the MOV file to work. I just recorded it on soundcloud. Sorry for the added background static but that was the easiest/fastest way to do this.

Sounds a bit like the intro to Pachelbel's Canon in D to me.
posted by vacapinta at 1:19 AM on June 29, 2012

Yes "the" canon in D seems a good fit for the original description by OP as well.
posted by knz at 1:56 AM on June 29, 2012

It didn't even occur to me that Google Docs would have some kind of download limit. Live & learn. Here's a clean version on Soundcloud; thanks to vacapinta for putting up the cross-recorded version.

It's not Pachelbel's Canon in D; I'm pretty sure that the Canon doesn't have a trombone part at all, and it definitely doesn't have the glissandos that precede the theme I linked to.
posted by Johnny Assay at 5:20 AM on June 29, 2012

[Updated original links to Soundcloud version. ]
posted by taz at 5:33 AM on June 29, 2012

This is definitely not the Pachelbel Canon (originally scored for a small string ensemble, though I'm sure it's been migrated to every kind of instrumentation imaginable by now); I recognize it, but I'm thinking that it's something late Romantic. Perhaps part of some symphony. It's on the tip of my tongue. Maybe even later -- maybe -- oh God -- is it in Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite? I'm flying through it right now on YouTube, and I don't hear that exact phrase, but I hear a lot of things very similar. I'll think about this more later, and listen to the whole suite.
posted by ariel_caliban at 6:18 AM on June 29, 2012

Hell yes, it's Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite! Start about one minute in in this video. You're welcome.

posted by ariel_caliban at 6:20 AM on June 29, 2012 [2 favorites]

It all falls into place. At one point I had it in my head that it was from Stravinsky's "Petrushka" ballet, and was confused when I attended a performance of that work and didn't hear my mystery theme. I convinced myself that I had remembered its provenance completely wrong, and forgot that Stravinsky had written another piece that started with P and ended with A. Many thanks!
posted by Johnny Assay at 6:31 AM on June 29, 2012 [1 favorite]

For the record, the theme in question seems to be part of Movement VII (Vivo).
posted by Johnny Assay at 7:13 AM on June 29, 2012

This link goes directly to the relevant part of the video.
posted by Doohickie at 1:04 PM on June 29, 2012

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