Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Pianoteq
Latest Pianoteq add-on instrument: U4 upright piano
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
PianoSupplies.com (150)
Piano Accessories Music Related Gifts Piano Tuning Equipment Piano Moving Equipment
We now offer Gift Certificates in our online store!
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Piano
Quick Links to Useful Stuff
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano Accessories
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 >
Topic Options
#421037 - 12/03/07 05:21 PM Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
Piano*Dad Online   content
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/12/05
Posts: 10349
Loc: Williamsburg, VA
This is a takeoff on BruceD's earlier thread about composers who are known for one very well known piece that people without any classical training can identify and link to that particular composer.

I think a lot of things got mixed into that thread. One interesting offshoot was that several people pointed out familiar pieces by composers that in all likelihood the lay public could NOT name. Let's make that a formal question. Name pieces that just about anyone over a certain age and/or maturity level likely would know automatically, but if asked who wrote it they would be stuck for an answer. I'm not talking about pieces that a small number of afficionados of, say, choral music would know, but pieces that have managed to insinuate themselves into the cultural subconscious.

For starters, I would suggest a piece I just heard on my local classical station as I drove home today:


Funeral March for a Marionette........... Gounod.
_________________________
Grotrian 192 #156455

https://www.youtube.com/user/dhfeld/videos

Top
(ad) Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#421038 - 12/03/07 05:29 PM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
8ude Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 2050
Rondeau, by Mouret (more commonly known as "That piece from Masterpiece Theater")
_________________________
What you are is an accident of birth. What I am, I am through my own efforts. There have been a thousand princes and there will be a thousand more. There is one Beethoven.

Top
#421039 - 12/03/07 06:33 PM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
Piano*Dad Online   content
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/12/05
Posts: 10349
Loc: Williamsburg, VA
Very good choice. I heard it a few days ago and I too had forgotten the composer.
_________________________
Grotrian 192 #156455

https://www.youtube.com/user/dhfeld/videos

Top
#421040 - 12/03/07 07:47 PM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
BruceD Online   content
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 17826
Loc: Victoria, BC
 Quote:
Originally posted by Piano*Dad:
For starters, I would suggest a piece I just heard on my local classical station as I drove home today:


Funeral March for a Marionette........... Gounod. [/b]
For those of you old enough to remember - that's probably one person on this forum! - the "Funeral March of a Marionette" was the theme music for the Alfred Hitchcock television show.

Regards,
_________________________
BruceD
- - - - -
Estonia 190

Top
#421041 - 12/03/07 07:50 PM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
BruceD Online   content
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 17826
Loc: Victoria, BC
"On the Trail" from the Grand Canyon Suite by Ferde Grofe. That used to be the theme music - on radio (Hey, remember radio when it was the only[/b] imported entertainment medium in the home?!?) for Philip Morris cigarettes, with Johnny shouting over the music "Call for Philip Morr.....rrrris!"

Regards,
_________________________
BruceD
- - - - -
Estonia 190

Top
#421042 - 12/03/07 07:55 PM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
Piano*Dad Online   content
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/12/05
Posts: 10349
Loc: Williamsburg, VA
Ahem, Bruce, I suspect there are a number of posters who remember that show!


And on a cigarette theme:


Elmer Bernstein: The theme from the Magnificent Seven ....and Marlboro.
_________________________
Grotrian 192 #156455

https://www.youtube.com/user/dhfeld/videos

Top
#421043 - 12/03/07 10:39 PM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
chopin952 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 02/20/06
Posts: 492
Loc: North Carolina
Cool thread Piano*Dad.

Do these two count?

- Chopin Sonata No. 2 - March Funèbre movement. I play it for family and friends and no one has a clue it's Chopin.

- Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. You know, that piece that Tom played while Jerry messed with his piano hammers in their cartoon. \:\)
_________________________
-chopin952 (NY S&S B) (On YouTube)

Top
#421044 - 12/03/07 11:08 PM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
Loki Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 07/09/05
Posts: 1035
Loc: Texas
I say this one definitely counts, even though its from a movie:

Clint Mansell: Requiem for a Dream

Listen to it on youtube if you don't recognize the name. Chances are, you have heard it before.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2Ma4BvMUwU
_________________________
Houston, Texas

Top
#421045 - 12/04/07 10:54 AM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
BruceD Online   content
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 17826
Loc: Victoria, BC
 Quote:
Originally posted by Loki:
I say this one definitely counts, even though its from a movie:

Clint Mansell: Requiem for a Dream

Listen to it on youtube if you don't recognize the name. Chances are, you have heard it before.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2Ma4BvMUwU [/b]
No, I don't recall ever having heard that one, but if we're going to talk about movie scores, surely the opening of Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra" would qualify as a likely candidate in this thread.

Regards,
_________________________
BruceD
- - - - -
Estonia 190

Top
#421046 - 12/04/07 11:01 AM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
Monica K. Offline

Platinum Supporter until Dec 31 2012


Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 17746
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
William Tell Overture by Rossini ("Lone Ranger" theme)
_________________________
Mason & Hamlin A -- 91997
My YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/pianomonica

Top
#421047 - 12/04/07 11:03 AM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
playadom Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 10/21/06
Posts: 1366
Loc: New Jersey
 Quote:
Originally posted by chopin952:
Cool thread Piano*Dad.

Do these two count?

- Chopin Sonata No. 2 - March Funèbre movement. I play it for family and friends and no one has a clue it's Chopin.
[/b]
I think this is a big one.

Monica, you're right about the Rossini... but you beat me to it!
_________________________
Practice makes permanent - Perfect practice makes perfect.

Top
#421048 - 12/04/07 12:10 PM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
sophial Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/11/05
Posts: 3443
Loc: US
How about the Sabre Dance by Khachaturian? I think that's the one that's played a lot when there are jugglers, clowns and acrobats performing at the circus?

Sophia

Top
#421049 - 12/04/07 01:26 PM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
BruceD Online   content
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 17826
Loc: Victoria, BC
 Quote:
Originally posted by Monica K.:
William Tell Overture by Rossini ("Lone Ranger" theme) [/b]
Perhaps played in the mortgage department of some banks as "The Loan Arrangers Theme"?

Cheers!
_________________________
BruceD
- - - - -
Estonia 190

Top
#421050 - 12/04/07 01:48 PM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
Piano*Dad Online   content
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/12/05
Posts: 10349
Loc: Williamsburg, VA
Oh, groan. Bruce, you're really giving me competition in the pun-dit category.
_________________________
Grotrian 192 #156455

https://www.youtube.com/user/dhfeld/videos

Top
#421051 - 12/04/07 01:50 PM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
Kreisler Offline



Registered: 11/27/02
Posts: 13759
Loc: Iowa City, IA
The minuet in G Major by Bach that isn't really by Bach.

I know piano teachers who still don't know who really composed it.
_________________________
"If we continually try to force a child to do what he is afraid to do, he will become more timid, and will use his brains and energy, not to explore the unknown, but to find ways to avoid the pressures we put on him." (John Holt)

www.pianoped.com
www.youtube.com/user/UIPianoPed

Top
#421052 - 12/04/07 01:59 PM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
argerichfan Offline
8000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/15/06
Posts: 8816
Loc: Pacific Northwest, US.
 Quote:
Originally posted by Kreisler:
The minuet in G Major by Bach that isn't really by Bach.

I know piano teachers who still don't know who really composed it.
There might be people on this board too... ;\) ... especially if they're using an old edition of the Notebook for Anna Magdelena Bach.
_________________________
Jason

Top
#421053 - 12/04/07 02:08 PM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
vanityx3 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 10/17/06
Posts: 269
the Ode to Joy section in Beethoven
_________________________
well I'm 20 years old, and I'm teaching myself piano.

Top
#421054 - 12/04/07 02:13 PM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
Janus K. Sachs Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 10/31/07
Posts: 1710
Loc: Betelgeuse, baby!
 Quote:
Originally posted by Kreisler:
The minuet in G Major by Bach that isn't really by Bach.

I know piano teachers who still don't know who really composed it. [/b]
On a similar note (bad pun intended :p ), what about that Trumpet Voluntary by Purcell which is really by Jeremiah Clarke? I hear THAT often enough, especially during the wedding season.
A little OP to the Anna Magdalena Notebook for a moment, do we know for certain that "Bist du bei mir" is by Stölzel, or Bach? It's such a lovely little gem whoever composed it, and I did a (not terribly stylistic) realization of it years ago. The last time I checked the version in the notebook might be hybrid -- melody by Stölzel, bass line by Bach. And since Bach did not figure the bass, if you do a realization it becomes a triple hybrid: Stölzel-Bach-you!
_________________________
Die Krebs gehn zurcke,
Die Stockfisch bleiben dicke,
Die Karpfen viel fressen,
Die Predigt vergessen.

Die Predigt hat g'fallen.
Sie bleiben wie alle.

Top
#421055 - 12/04/07 02:17 PM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
8ude Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 2050
I don't know if it has been 100% established that it is or is not by Bach. Doesn't really matter though - it's a lovely little piece whoever wrote it...
_________________________
What you are is an accident of birth. What I am, I am through my own efforts. There have been a thousand princes and there will be a thousand more. There is one Beethoven.

Top
#421056 - 12/04/07 02:21 PM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
pianojerome Offline
9000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/01/05
Posts: 9868
 Quote:
Originally posted by chopin952:
Cool thread Piano*Dad.

Do these two count?

- Chopin Sonata No. 2 - March Funèbre movement. I play it for family and friends and no one has a clue it's Chopin.

- Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. You know, that piece that Tom played while Jerry messed with his piano hammers in their cartoon. \:\) [/b]
How about the Wedding Marches by Mendelssohn and Wagner?

We used to sing the Wagner tune when I was a kid... "Here comes the bride, big fat and wide! Now comes the groom, and he's skinny as a broom..."


(Incidentally, I don't remember seeing that Tom and Jerry episode until I got to college... but I've *always* remembered the 2nd HR as a big scene in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?")
_________________________
Sam

Top
#421057 - 12/04/07 02:22 PM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
argerichfan Offline
8000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/15/06
Posts: 8816
Loc: Pacific Northwest, US.
The Flower Duet from Lakme. Written by... by all means.

British Airways recently used it in their adverts... it turned a lot of people on to that delectable moment in opera. And I think it's been used elsewhere too.

But quite why BA would use a French tune is beyond me. With occasional sniping in the press on both sides of the Channel, one would think the Hundred Years War was never properly resolved... which it wasn't.
_________________________
Jason

Top
#421058 - 12/04/07 02:25 PM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
Janus K. Sachs Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 10/31/07
Posts: 1710
Loc: Betelgeuse, baby!
 Quote:
Originally posted by pianojerome:
 Quote:
Originally posted by chopin952:
Cool thread Piano*Dad.

Do these two count?

- Chopin Sonata No. 2 - March Funèbre movement. I play it for family and friends and no one has a clue it's Chopin.

- Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. You know, that piece that Tom played while Jerry messed with his piano hammers in their cartoon. \:\) [/b]
How about the Wedding Marches by Mendelssohn and Wagner?

We used to sing the Wagner tune when I was a kid... "Here comes the bride, big fat and wide! Now comes the groom, and he's skinny as a broom..." [/b]
When I was a child I learned it as "Here comes the bride, all dressed in white, ready to fight in the bedroom tonight." Not terribly sure how common that version is, but to be honest I didn't realize
the humor of it until I was much older. \:D
_________________________
Die Krebs gehn zurcke,
Die Stockfisch bleiben dicke,
Die Karpfen viel fressen,
Die Predigt vergessen.

Die Predigt hat g'fallen.
Sie bleiben wie alle.

Top
#421059 - 12/04/07 02:29 PM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
8ude Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 2050
Another that might fit the bill is the Pizzicato Polka by... Delibes
_________________________
What you are is an accident of birth. What I am, I am through my own efforts. There have been a thousand princes and there will be a thousand more. There is one Beethoven.

Top
#421060 - 12/04/07 02:33 PM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
Janus K. Sachs Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 10/31/07
Posts: 1710
Loc: Betelgeuse, baby!
What about the "Dance of the Hours" from La Gioconda, by Ponchielli, subsequently made even more famous by the "Hello mother, hello father, I am here in Camp Grenada" lyrics...
_________________________
Die Krebs gehn zurcke,
Die Stockfisch bleiben dicke,
Die Karpfen viel fressen,
Die Predigt vergessen.

Die Predigt hat g'fallen.
Sie bleiben wie alle.

Top
#421061 - 12/04/07 02:36 PM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
Monica K. Offline

Platinum Supporter until Dec 31 2012


Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 17746
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
"O Fortuna" from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff?
_________________________
Mason & Hamlin A -- 91997
My YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/pianomonica

Top
#421062 - 12/04/07 02:36 PM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
argerichfan Offline
8000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/15/06
Posts: 8816
Loc: Pacific Northwest, US.
 Quote:
Originally posted by Janus Sachs:
What about the "Dance of the Hours" from La Gioconda, by Ponchielli, subsequently made even more famous by the "Hello mother, hello father, I am here in Camp Grenada" lyrics...
Not to mention what Fantasia did to it...
_________________________
Jason

Top
#421063 - 12/04/07 02:41 PM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
DDS24P&FOP87 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/18/07
Posts: 374
Who can forget all those Bugs Bunny cartoons? Chopin's Funeral March and the "Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit" libretto set to Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries....
_________________________
She was with me even in my grave
When the last of my friends turned away,
And she sang like the first storm heaven gave.
Or as if flowers were having their say.

- Anna Akhmatova, "Music"(Dedicated to Dmitri Shostakovich)

Top
#421064 - 12/04/07 02:42 PM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
Janus K. Sachs Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 10/31/07
Posts: 1710
Loc: Betelgeuse, baby!
 Quote:
Originally posted by argerichfan:
 Quote:
Originally posted by Janus Sachs:
What about the "Dance of the Hours" from La Gioconda, by Ponchielli, subsequently made even more famous by the "Hello mother, hello father, I am here in Camp Grenada" lyrics...
Not to mention what Fantasia did to it... [/b]
Fond as I am of a few selections from Fantasia (and even the sequel, I admit), I can't even REMEMBER a single detail of what they did to it, or that it was even included, for that matter. Probably best that it remains that way...
_________________________
Die Krebs gehn zurcke,
Die Stockfisch bleiben dicke,
Die Karpfen viel fressen,
Die Predigt vergessen.

Die Predigt hat g'fallen.
Sie bleiben wie alle.

Top
#421065 - 12/04/07 02:44 PM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
seebechstein Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/23/04
Posts: 1085
Loc: houston
20th century ok?

United Airlines underground walkway at Chicago O'Hare airport (Gershwin)

Beef... it's what's for dinner. (Copland)

Pee Wee Hermann's Breakfast Machine (Elfman) now heard in Christmas-shopping credit card commercials.

Top
#421066 - 12/04/07 02:44 PM Re: Yeah, I know that piece. Got me who wrote it.
8ude Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 2050
How about the opening on Liszt's Eb piano concerto. On numerous occasions I've heard people say "Oh, that's the Gargamel piece from the Smurfs..."
_________________________
What you are is an accident of birth. What I am, I am through my own efforts. There have been a thousand princes and there will be a thousand more. There is one Beethoven.

Top
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 >

Moderator:  Brendan, Kreisler 
What's Hot!!
LAST CALL - Piano Newsletter Ideas!
-------------------
HOW TO POST PICTURES on the Piano Forums
-------------------
Sharing is Caring!
About the Buttons
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Knabe Pianos
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
162 registered (accordeur, 36251, A Guy, 88 Fingers Jeff, 41 invisible), 1844 Guests and 19 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
75487 Members
42 Forums
156100 Topics
2292283 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Godowsky - Prelude and Fugue for left hand alone
by Polyphonist
07/23/14 02:50 PM
piano player wanted...
by David Farley
07/23/14 02:38 PM
Wurlitzer electric piano sound
by 88 Fingers Jeff
07/23/14 01:24 PM
LAST CALL - Piano Newsletter Ideas!
by Piano World
07/23/14 01:05 PM
Newbie Needs Help
by PianoJill
07/23/14 12:25 PM
(ads by Google)

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission