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05 February 2013 @ 08:28 am
Rimsky-Korsakoffee House  
Had a lovely evening with calendula_witch and her Mark at Rimsky-Korsakoffee House, Portland's hidden gem. We sat at the table that rotates slowly, enjoyed delicious coffees and desserts, investigated the intriguing bathroom, and discussed bizarre occurrences in our lives (Mark: first experience of fireflies, while visiting a haunted house; Kate and David: cremated radioactive baboons).

Just as we were leaving, a dramatic fanfare from the classical background music caught my ear. I knew that tune but could not place it. Spent the whole drive home trying to remember what symphony it was.

We both poked around at a variety of websites that claimed to identify tunes by humming or tapping them, but got nowhere. Googling on "da, da da DA da da, da da da-da da" didn't help. Finally we nailed it through a combination of me remembering the tune, Kate picking it out on a virtual piano keyboard, finding a site that identified classical tunes by typing the notes as letters -- but only in the key of C -- and Kate remembering how to transpose it. Turns out it was Dvorak's Symphony #5 in E Minor, 4th movement.

Sometimes the future works.
Kalimac: Haydnkalimac on February 5th, 2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry I wasn't with you: I could have identified it on the spot.

Was this the site that you looked it up on? It's a lifesaver.

It's also a very old database, from the 1940s, and Dvorak's symphonies have since been renumbered, putting in four early ones he never published. Accordingly, what you're looking at is now generally known as Symphony No. 9, and is better known still as "Symphony from the New World."
angharaanghara on February 5th, 2013 11:14 pm (UTC)
If you'd had me there I would have told you what it was before the third note. It's my favourite symphony. EVER.
joycemocha on February 6th, 2013 02:56 am (UTC)
I thought they were closed! Cool.
e_bournee_bourne on February 6th, 2013 03:30 pm (UTC)