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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000276.txt from 2005/08

From: Tim Roberts <>
Subj: [kl] Re: OT: song
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2005 14:05:55 -0400

On Sat, 13 Aug 2005 19:56:32 -0700 (PDT), Chris Ciarlariello
<> wrote:

>Hey all,
>This is a terribly vague description of a song that is
>stuck in my head and I cannot think of the title. I
>believe I heard it as a violin solo with orchestra and
>the solo begins with minor sixths for a few bars and
>sounds like it may be a dance. I also believe that
>the piece itself is minor, but that is all I can
>remember about. I told you it was vary vague, and
>there are probably multiple songs to fit this
>category. The only other thing I can think is it
>starts and in eighth notes and if it starts on a C it
>would be something like C Ab C Ab C Ab C Ab C B G G G
>G. Sorry, but if anyone can think of the title and or
>composer I would greatly appreciate it.

Musipedia ( has a database of musical melodies based
on their contour. The contour, or "Parson's code", is determined by
whether notes go up, or down, or repeat. If I interpret your
description correctly, the Parson's code is *UDUDUDUDUDURRR. Musipedia
found two exact matches for that contour, but the melodies aren't the
same. There are several hundred "close matches".

Oddly enough, Sinatra's signature tune "My Way" has almost that exact
signature, as does "Summer Nights" from Grease.

Tim Roberts,
Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

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