I just came across a very useful site, and thought some of you mind like to know about it as well.
It began when I listened to an unidentified waltz melody played yesterday. I had heard it before somewhere. It sounded vaguely Italian, or possibly like something one might hear in the score of a Provencal movie based on a work by Marcel Pagnol. I had no idea — not knowing the title — how to find what the melody might be.
So here was what turned out to be the easy solution. I discovered this site:
It has an on screen piano keyboard, and all I had to do was to use it to play the first few notes of the melody I had heard. And the first thing that came up was this:
When I clicked on the title in green just above the musical notes, it brought up this:
I clicked on the “Play MP# using player below” link on the right, and it began playing exactly the melody I had heard — and I was very surprised to find it was a waltz by Dmitri Shostakovich. Here it is on youtube.com:
Encouraged by that initial success, I then used the keyboard to see if I could find a musical phrase that was used as the beginning theme of a radio classical music program I often listened to as a boy — but I never knew what those opening notes were from, though I later suspected Tchaikovsky. I even once searched through all of his symphonies and could not find it. But using this site’s virtual keyboard, here’s what came up:
I again clicked on the “Play MP3,” and heard the very beginning theme I had wondered about for years, but could never quite locate. Here it is on youtube.com:
It is always a feeling of relief to have such little puzzles quickly solved, so I found http://bestclassicaltunes.com/DictionaryPiano.aspx
a very helpful site.