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Peachnote for all your classical ‘name-that-tune’ problems


Here was today’s musical problem – what’s the tune that Deanna Durbin singing in this film? I need the score immediately for a recording.

I know it’s Strauss, but which of his hundred’s of waltzes? Where do you start? Well, I started at Musipedia, and typed the opening theme in, but had no luck, so I tried Peachnote instead. I entered the first five notes, and nothing came up. So I tried doing what the tune does exactly – which is to repeat those same five notes. In a matter of seconds, Peachnote had found it, and taken me directly to the violin part in the IMSLP library where it had found the melody. Answer? Zigeunerbaron. To see the search results, click here.

And the reason I blog is…

…because at times like this when I’ve forgotten my own good advice, I can search my own site for the answer. I’d forgotten what the name of the site was (Peachnote) that I needed, but I remembered  that a friend  had posted a query on one of my posts about finding tunes, and that I’d put a link to the site I wanted  on the comment thread. A bit of searching on my own blog found that post, and the link.  Using google to search sites is one of my favourite and most useful tips – type your search term followed by site:example.com (where ‘example.com’ is the name of the site you want to search – without the www etc.)




Plink and you won’t miss it


Interesting article by Carol Krumhansl  in the latest Music Perception: Plink: ‘thin slices’ of music

In this experiment, tiny clips of music from various decades were played to participants. The clips were only 300 or 400 ms in duration – less than half a second long.  When the clips were 400ms, people could identify artist and title 25% of the time or more. But even when the clips were only 300ms, although the identification rate was lower,  people were still pretty good about judging other stuff about the song such as style and emotional content, and to some extent, even which decade the song came from.

The ‘plink’ in the title is a reference to Malcolm Gladwell’s book Blink, about how we are able to make extraordinarily accurate judgements about things which we perceive for no more than a blink of an eye (see also Guy Claxton’s Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind: Why Intelligence Increases When You Think Less) .

Strange thing, synchroncity – I was playing this game on this site not long ago:  Name that tune in 1: it’s a ballet again

Jonathan’s musical trivia quiz: Name that tune in 1


At a recent recording, while we were waiting for the kettle to boil or a hard drive to back up, we got a bit silly and starting playing ‘name that tune in one’ – i.e. you only get the first note or chord of the piece. Fancy playing?

Number one in the quiz, which I’ll try and do for a week… is a famous ballet by at least two people, as well as a piece of music in its own right. Click below to hear.

Name that tune in 1, #1