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    Hello! New to this forum and very excited to find it. A classical music lover and rabid balletomanne, usually gravitating around Tchaikovsky of course. Recently I was able to find a fragment of the presentation of an old 1970's Cuban Television TV show, based on Wilkie Collins' "The Lady in White". I was very little, but I became fixated with the music. Up until now I never heard that tune again, and I just bumped into it online by accident when I received the sad news that the actress playing the dual roles of Miss Laura Fairlie/Anne Catherick had recently died.
    https://youtu.be/jMf1k6Jn4kQ
    It goes from 23:07 to 23:53.
    Can you help me solve this 40 years old musical enigma...?
    Much appreciated and again... happy to be here!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CristianRey View Post
    Hello! New to this forum and very excited to find it. A classical music lover and rabid balletomanne, usually gravitating around Tchaikovsky of course. Recently I was able to find a fragment of the presentation of an old 1970's Cuban Television TV show, based on Wilkie Collins' "The Lady in White". I was very little, but I became fixated with the music. Up until now I never heard that tune again, and I just bumped into it online by accident when I received the sad news that the actress playing the dual roles of Miss Laura Fairlie/Anne Catherick had recently died.
    https://youtu.be/jMf1k6Jn4kQ
    It goes from 23:07 to 23:53.
    Can you help me solve this 40 years old musical enigma...?
    Much appreciated and again... happy to be here!
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    It's part of Michel Legrand's score to the Pinter/Losey film of The Go-Between:



    I haven't been through the whole video to find the cadenza-like bit, but I think there's a decent bet you'll find the music somewhere there.

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    Thank you so much!! I finally can put a title to that music that has hunted me for years. I find something very curious though. The closest to the music heard on the link I provided comes from piano transcriptions of Lehgrand's music. As per various musicians on YouTube, he never published the score, so pianists do their own transcriptions. Like this one..
    https://youtu.be/b2J6bOJZYXs
    Now...the thing is that EVERY single piano transcription I have found starts with the leitmotif played slowly, to which the cadenza heard on my original clip later follows. What I CAN NOT find anywhere is the first three orchestral chords of music heard on the original clip, played two times with another piano cadenza in between. I have the feeling it comes from a different piece, to which then the "Go-Between" cadenza was attached. Does that makes sense...?
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    It does - when I listened to your clip for a second time it felt like it was composed of two halves, the second half (from about 23:35) from The Go-Between, the first half from something else. Can't help you with the first half, I'm afraid...

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    The first half also sounds like Michel Legrand, perhaps something based on "Windmills of your Mind", although I can't pin it down.

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    It's all just speculation. Most likely composed on the spot .
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    Exactly. Like two halves. And interestingly, the whole "Go-Between" second half-( which is basically from one of those variations pianists have done on their own)- only has piano on. On the first half, on the contrary, we can hear an orchestra. Again... highly suspicious that it comes from a total different work.

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