How to identify that music.....

Started by Dungeon Master, April 04, 2007, 10:53:13 PM

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Dungeon Master

This is the board to come to to try to identify that elusive piece of music that you can't get out of your head. Rest assured that if your music is classical, and you describe it well enough, our members will be sure to identify it.

To make a post on this board, simply go to the Name That Tune index page, and click on the "NEW TOPIC" button at top right and fill in the details.

Some pointers:

  • Not all music that sounds classical is. A lot of film scores are played by orchestras, but because they are not classical works, we may not be able to identify it for you.
  • You are welcome to post a link to the music if you have a URL or website where it is featured.
  • If you are describing the music in words, please tell us as much as you can about the music. Let us know how long it is, what instruments are playing, whether there is is a choir or vocal soloists, the speed, loudness and tone of the piece etc. The more information you provide, the more likely we will be to identify it for you.
  • We may provide our answers in the way of midi files for you to check. Please check back frequently to see if our guesses are the one you are looking for.
  • Feel free to post a "thank you" if we have identified it for you.
  • If this has tweaked an interest in things classical, please consider registering on the forum and joining in the discussions to learn more. Its free, and friendly!
Music Samples
Here we list our most frequently requested music for identification. You can either click on the button to here a midi file of the music, or else click on the CD cover to be taken to the Amazon page, where you can listen to actual music samples.

Note that midi files are computer synthesised version of the music, not orchestral recordings or MP3 files. The quality you hear depends on your computer and components, but will be far less quality than the actual music recordings. They are put here simply to help you identify your music.

ComposerWorkDescriptionMidi FileBuy It
Carl OrffO Fortuna, from Carmina BuranaChoral and orchestral, threatening tone, with an incessant rhythm and a sudden build-up to a climax
Maurice RavelBoleroSpanish in flavour, orchestral with a snare drum bassline. Based on a repeating theme, with a very gradual increase in loudness, culminating in a climax. Featured in the movie "10".
Ludwig van BeethovenAdagio sostenuto from Sonata No. 14, Op. 27-2, commonly known as the Moonlight SonataVery quiet, peaceful piano music, with the main structure being rising triads.
Henryk GoreckiSymphony 3 also known as the Symphony of Sorrowful SongsOrchestral works, with soprano soloist. Plaintive, slow, arching melodies sung in Polish.
Midi file not available.
Aaron CoplandFanfare for the Common Man from his Symphony No.3A bold fanfare from brass and percussion. Often used as an introduction to sporting events.