Sunday, March 13, 2011

What are the musical references in Ernest Tomlinson's Fantasia on Auld Lang Syne?!

This is a beautiful, whimsical and very busy piece of music which apparently references 152 works. All I can spot are a few!

- Beethoven’s Ode to Joy
- Chopin's Marche fun├Ębre
- Schubert's Trout quintet
- Bach's Wohl mir, dass ich Jesum habe
- Adagio from Spartacus
- Haydn’s Surprise Symphony
- Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake
- "This Old Man" - nursery rhyme
- O Come All Ye Faithful
- The Can Can

Care to have a listen and see if you recognise any of the references?


Besty said...

I don't know if you've listed it already and I don't know what it's called but at the 6 minute mark it's the piece they used in the film with "your Timmy" when he has his it's a wonderful life moment in The Hudsucker Proxy.

Seeing as you love that film, you've probably got it.

Emma said...

lol, that is one of the few that I did spot! :p Adagio from Spartacus. And yes, I remember it because of The Hudsucker Proxy too! God, I love Tim Robbins & the Coen brothers.

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Besty said...

Given Miami Vice the second chance it deserves yet?

Anonymous said...

Others include:
Haydn St. Anthony Chorale
Soldier's Chorus from Faust
Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Mozart Piano Sonata in C
Handel's Queen of Sheba March
Strauss' Die Fledermaus
Light Calvary Overture
Mozart's Horn Concerto
Bach's Art of the Fugue
Khachaturian's Sabre Dance
Rossini's Overture to Barber of Seville
Farandole from Bizet's L'Arsienne
1812 Overture
Westminister Chimes
La Cucaracha
Dvorak's New World
Grieg's Peer Gynt

Emma said...

Wow, incredible! Why not leave a name so I can thank you fully? :)

Anonymous said...

That was from memory and nowhere near's Shawn. :o)

Emma said...

Well thank you very much Shawn, your music knowledge is excellent. :)

Robin said...

I've been working on and off tracking down the references in this piece. I've got about 70 so far including a handful of pieces which are quoted twice, and I reckon I'm missing 40 or so - I'm not convinced that figure of 152 is quite correct. Quite a few of those 40 are pieces I recognize but can't recall the names of, so I'm fairly sure I've got the number about right. Then again, maybe I've missed some.

I would post the list of ones I've got, but I'd prefer to wait until it's a bit more complete. Quite a few of the ones I'm missing are waltzes, so I'm listening to a lot of Strauss and Tchaikovsky at the moment :)

Emma said...

Dear Robin, thank you so much for your comment! greatly appreciated. Glad someone else is as into this track as I am!

Lang said...

Don't forget Cesar Franck's Symphonic Variations and Bach's Ricercare a 6 from The Musical Offering.

Emma said...

Thank you so much Lang!

Unknown said...

Emma, over the festive period (if you can wait that long) try Fantasia on Christmas Carols performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra. Now that's a must over Crimbo!

wang said...

Foster Beautiful Dreamer, Swanee River
Oh Danny
Chopin Grande Valse Brillante
Weber Invitation to the Dance.
Good King Winceslas
Rossini Tarantella
Strauss A musical Joke, Kaiser waltz
Waldteufel skater Waltz
Tchaikovsky Serenade in G major
Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody no 2
Benjamin Jamaican Rumba
Sibelius Karelia suite
Jarabe Tapetio
Mendelssohn Fingal Cave
The keel Row
Anderson The Rake of Swallow
Sullivan pirate of Penzanza

wang said...

Foster Beautiful Dreamer, Swanee River
The British Grenadiers
Chopin Grande Valse Brillante
Oh Danny Boy
Mozart Symphony no 40
Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody no 2
Benjamin Jamaican Rumba
Dvorak Humoresque no 7
Mendelssohn Fingal Cave
The Keel now
Sullivan Pirates of Penzanza

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wang said...

And Sailor’s Hornpipe, Gounod’s Je Ve Vivre