What is the "break out the violins" song?

Okay, I’ve been searching for hours but can’t seem to turn up any results.

What’s the name of that song that becomes sarcastically played on a show or in a movie whenever someone tells a sob story? Sometimes it becomes a substitute for the phrase, “Break out the violins.” (Ironically, the song sounds like piano music from the silent film era.) It’s one of those pieces that is so famous and yet is never attributed to anyone, so as much as you know it you have no idea who wrote it or when.

Thanks! :smiley:

Hearts and Flowers?

How un-wiki-like not to provide a link to a midi file

How about one of these?

The Swan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qfiJhXpwJA

Chausson Poeme http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpo3hp1mzrg (about 1:10 in)

Valse Sentimentale http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErgFOQ1uwCY

Erbarme Dich http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QqZEW4Js8c

How about this one starting at the 2:00 mark.

…or more likely, this one starting at 5:00

I think this is what the OP is referring to, but this midi version almost obliterates the melody that the violin usually plays. Listen to the melody that the right hand is playing, then have it played, slower, on a violin.

OMG, thank you so much, guys-- for the Wiki and un-Wiki link! :wink: You are the best! It was definitely Hearts and Flowers!

It kind of amazes me how this is one of those songs that very few people know the title or origin of yet it’s become a standard. It’s kind of like the music that we play for graduation and other important ceremonies. You take it for granted that they’re just “graduation/ wedding music” when they were actually pieces in their own right written for other purposes and different occasions.

At any rate, thanks once again!