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Old 07-24-2011, 12:52 PM
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I have it stuck in my head, but I can't remember what it's from. It sounds like the end of a big Russian orchestral piece. It's a bit like the end of The Great Gate of Kiev, but it's NOT the same theme.

It consists of the same phrase repeated three or more times, each time with different orchestration and becoming grander:

Dum-dum-dum ... da-dum-duh ... dum-dum-dum ... da-duh
Bum-bum-bum ... ba-bum-buh ... bum-bum-bum ... ba-buh
DUM-DUM-DUM ... DA-DUM-DUH ... DUM-DUM-DUM ... DA-DUH!

Then it turns into drawn out rising bit: daaaaahhh ... Daaaaahhh ... DAAAAAAAH.

There are bells in there too.

Ideas?
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Old 07-24-2011, 12:59 PM
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Try Rachmaninov - The bells?
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Old 07-24-2011, 06:45 PM
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Does it include vocal, or is it entirely instrumental?
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Old 07-24-2011, 08:14 PM
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Does it include vocal, or is it entirely instrumental?
The part I have stuck in my head is entirely instrumental.

I haven't had time today to listen through The Bells to see if that's it, but its choral nature makes me dubious.
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Old 07-25-2011, 12:57 PM
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Maybe Shostakovich's Symphony #7 (Leningrad)? The first movement has a theme that repeats a bazillion times, starting with a single instrument and adding more in. The theme doesn't quite seem to fit your rhythmic structure, though, so I'm doubtful.
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Old 07-25-2011, 12:58 PM
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I have it stuck in my head, but I can't remember what it's from. It sounds like the end of a big Russian orchestral piece. It's a bit like the end of The Great Gate of Kiev, but it's NOT the same theme.

It consists of the same phrase repeated three or more times, each time with different orchestration and becoming grander:

Dum-dum-dum ... da-dum-duh ... dum-dum-dum ... da-duh
Bum-bum-bum ... ba-bum-buh ... bum-bum-bum ... ba-buh
DUM-DUM-DUM ... DA-DUM-DUH ... DUM-DUM-DUM ... DA-DUH!

Then it turns into drawn out rising bit: daaaaahhh ... Daaaaahhh ... DAAAAAAAH.

There are bells in there too.

Ideas?
The first thing that came to mind was one of the themes from the 1812 overture by Tchaikovsky. But assuming you're an American I figured you'd already know that note for note...

ETA: You wanna whistle it into a mic? That would help so much with this!

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Old 07-25-2011, 11:50 PM
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If you can tell whether a note rises or falls relative to the previous note, Try http://www.musipedia.org/melodic_contour.html.
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Old 07-28-2011, 07:36 AM
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Any news? These kind of threads always nag at me.
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Old 07-28-2011, 09:12 AM
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Any news? These kind of threads always nag at me.
Ditto. Dums and Bums especially. The first part could either be the 1812, or Beethoven's Egmont overture.
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Old 07-28-2011, 10:00 AM
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Any news? These kind of threads always nag at me.
Sorry, ive been slammed at work this week and haven't had time to follow up on listening through the suggestions.
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Old 07-28-2011, 04:59 PM
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Are you maybe talking about the theme to 2001: A Space Odyssey, or as it's known to some people, Also sprach Zarathustra?
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Old 07-29-2011, 03:57 PM
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Shostakovitch Symphony #5, 4th movement? No bells, though - perhaps you heard an arrangement...
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Old 12-04-2013, 01:12 AM
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Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 - Allegretto

I don't know really, just a guess.
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Old 12-07-2013, 06:42 PM
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It's two years later and I'm standing by 1812 overture.
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Old 12-07-2013, 07:12 PM
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Maybe the 1712 Overture?
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Old 12-07-2013, 09:11 PM
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I compliment the OP'er 2 years later for what was a terrific 'verbal' description of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.

ETA: bodde: How did you find this? You registered just to respond to this one question?

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