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Rogerb

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Help, please ....I have a tune in my head and cannot for the life of me remember what it's called .....

I'm sure some of you will know it.

If you start on G(on the alto) the second note is also G but an octave higher, then D, E, D(upper reg) .... that should be enough..

Anyone, please? It is a very well-known tune.
Thanks in advance ... I'll kick myself when you tell me!!
 

Rogerb

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Assuming caps is upper reg, first 3 notes are quite slow(gGE), next 3 about double the speed (DED)., i.e. gGE, DED
Next phrase is cDcEc,(slow), bcb (faster)

It is a REALLY well-known bit of classical .... sounds a bit like the beginning of a 'Spring Song' , maybe a bit 'Grieg-ish'? (Probably completely wrong, it's a 'happy' start!)

(Tara's theme is GGED, GGDC, all about the same note length)

I'll haveta ring up the only classical player I know and sing it to her!!!
Just did that .....Jenny Hanson thinks it's bit of Debussy piano music, but can't name it! That sounds a likely clue!
 

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OF COURSE, it's Claire de Lune!!!!

Thanks to anyone who racked their brains to help! As soon as I got the Debussy clue, I dropped .in!
 
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And we have a winner! :clapping:
 

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OF COURSE, it's Claire de Lune!!!!

Thanks to anyone who racked their brains to help! As soon as I got the Debussy clue, I dropped .in!

Rubbish!

It's "Somewhere Over The Rainbow."

Mind you it sounds like "Clair de Lune" the way I play it.
 

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I too had 'Somewhere over the rainbow' as prime candidate... not for any reason of musical skill but that's the tune that popped into my head... maybe telepathic transmision from North of the Border to Darn Sarf and back

I respectfully disagree with 'C' Rogerb... I had it in the foreboding Db

Unless that was my tinnitus
 

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Well, guys, regardless of what note you choose to start on...that ain't it ! But thanks all the same.
Debussy it was and is.
 

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OF COURSE, it's Claire de Lune!!!!

Thanks to anyone who racked their brains to help! As soon as I got the Debussy clue, I dropped .in!
I knew a girl called Claire who had a constant companion who was completely nuts.

She was known as Claire du Loony.
 
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This ties in nicely with my theory that music that evokes a (positive) emotional response generally has big leaps in the melody. Here are some that come to mind. I'm sure there are others that can be added to the list.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Tara's Theme (Gone With The Wind)
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
Claire de Lune
E.T. Flying Theme Song
There's a Place For Us (West Side Story)
Maria (West Side Story)
Danny Boy (Londonderry Air)
 

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Well, guys, regardless of what note you choose to start on...that ain't it ! But thanks all the same.
Debussy it was and is.

Well that's amazing!

Never knew that Debussy wrote "Over the Rainbow".

Sincere thanks, Roger.
 

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This ties in nicely with my theory that music that evokes a (positive) emotional response generally has big leaps in the melody. Here are some that come to mind. I'm sure there are others that can be added to the list.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Tara's Theme (Gone With The Wind)
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
Claire de Lune
E.T. Flying Theme Song
There's a Place For Us (West Side Story)
Maria (West Side Story)
Danny Boy (Londonderry Air)
I beg to disagree

The Birdy Song (sounds to me like single and double tone leaps) positively evokes in me a strong emotional response that has me reaching for 'belt fed firearms' to quote our friend in a different post
 

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