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What *is* that spooky music?

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re: What *is* that spooky music?#26
Posted: 10/6/08 at 11:48am
Right! That's the one I was thinking of two. But the 4th note is usually higher, right, Weez?
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re: What *is* that spooky music?#27
Posted: 10/6/08 at 11:55am
Isn't that little bit from Schubert's Erlkonig?
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re: What *is* that spooky music?#28
Posted: 10/6/08 at 11:57am
Exactly, Reg!

Man, I feel like one of those old ladies who heard a song on the radio three days ago, can only remember a snippet of the tune, doesn't have any of the lyrics, and yet hits the roof when the staff at the music shop can't instantly lay their hands on the CD she's after. XD

But who do you go to with a query like this? Who can you ask? How can you ask? Who knows the answer? O_O
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re: What *is* that spooky music?#29
Posted: 10/6/08 at 12:22pm
Hmmm, I checked out the Erlkonig but it doesn't sound right...

Feel free to bother any musical people you might know as well. re: What *is* that spooky music?
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re: What *is* that spooky music?#30
Posted: 10/7/08 at 4:06pm
I have also been trying to find out what this music is, ever since a listener called my radio station yesterday with the same question. It's definitely not Erlkoenig, and not Bach. Is it Carl Stalling, or Stalling channeling Raymond Scott? Since it's in a minor key, the solfege syllables for it are actually "la do mi la' FAAAA, mi re do ti."
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re: What *is* that spooky music?#31
Posted: 10/7/08 at 4:17pm
Something in the back of my mind says it's Gilbert & Sullivan based, but for the life of me I can't put my finger on what or where.
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re: What *is* that spooky music?#32
Posted: 10/7/08 at 4:29pm
FOUND IT!!!! It's Al Weber's "The Villain's Theme"

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re: What *is* that spooky music?#33
Posted: 10/7/08 at 4:41pm
Kook, you're a genius!
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re: What *is* that spooky music?#34
Posted: 10/7/08 at 4:45pm
Excellent work!
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#35
Posted: 10/7/08 at 5:11pm
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re: What *is* that spooky music?#36
Posted: 10/7/08 at 5:14pm
Wait... Al Weber is just the piano player. He didn't write it.

Who did??

(I'm guessing it's just an old theme passed down... the way a folk song can't be attributed to any one person.)
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re: What *is* that spooky music?#37
Posted: 10/7/08 at 5:56pm
Thanks to the tip-off from the Kook, I found the comment below on another exchange about this piece. Note that it says the Villain's Music on the Webber album *evolved out of* the Zamecnik Burglar Music 1 on the Sam Fox album, because if you listen to that, it's not quite the same.

"I think if it were a straightforward classical lift one of us would have found the source. My best guess is that it evolved out of Zamecnik's "Mysterioso - Burglar Music 1" in Sam Fox Moving Picture Music Volume 1 (scroll down for link to MIDI), which was published in 1913 and was apparently the first widely distributed collection of silent film music. I'll be interested to see if someone can do better!"
-- posted by teleskiving at 3:23 AM on February 1, 2007
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re: What *is* that spooky music?#38
Posted: 10/8/08 at 10:55am
I have to say, you guys are simply amazing. Thank you so much! For humouring me, and working through it with me. Now I can sleep easy at nights. re: What *is* that spooky music?
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re: What *is* that spooky music?#39
Posted: 10/8/08 at 10:59am
"Now I can sleep easy at nights."

Except for that damn spooky music running around in my brain . . .
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re: What *is* that spooky music?#40
Posted: 10/8/08 at 11:08am
Before my grandfather went to work for the Warner brothers as their accountant (and later Exec. VP Treasurer), he played nickelodeon piano for silent films in New York. He played only for a short period of time but really well, and he couldn't read a note of music. Most of the silent movie piano players in the city would share and swap themes, learn from each other, steal from each other, etc.

That's why I'm guessing it was passed around during those early formative days, just like a folk song was passed around. A note was changed here, a melody line there, and eventually it crept into the public conscience as a "known ditty." Yet, nobody knows exactly where it came from or who wrote it.
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re: What *is* that spooky music?#41
Posted: 10/8/08 at 11:16am
I should have asked you guys where I could find the Geico Ape song when it first started being played in the commercials!! Good work! (I did find the Geico song and CD!)
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#42
Posted: 11/10/08 at 8:48pm
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re: What *is* that spooky music?#43
Posted: 11/10/08 at 10:50pm
Wait!

Do you all know the song that goes:

Dun dun dun,, dun dun dunnnnn dun dun dun dun dun dun?

I can't think of the title...



Or,

Dun dun dun dun dund un duuuuuuun dun dun dun dun dundun?
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