There is a song I heard quite some time ago. It is by a classical composer, and I think it was Mozart. Somewhere in the middle, the cello plays a brief riff with the same famous chord progression as "Heart and Soul", I, vi, IV V. I think it repeats it twice. The rhythm is quarter, eighth-eight, and each chord is (semi-) arpeggiated starting on the root, going up to the third, and then back to the root (and then the next chord).

Does anyone know what song this is? I remember hearing it when I was young and being startled to hear a "pop" riff in a classical piece. Part of what was striking about it was that it wasn't really integrated into the piece --it was played as an isolated line, just like a pop breakdown.

Here is the riff in an online sequencer --it may be easier to understand it than through the text description.


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    Do you know if it's a symphony, or is it perhaps a concerto or an opera excerpt? – Richard Oct 6 '18 at 15:42
  • are there any clues in this wikipedia article "50s progression" – Angst Jul 26 '19 at 19:57
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    We'd need a lot more information. What were the characteristics that made you think it was Mozart? Do you remember if it was a full symphony orchestra instrumentation? How long was the entire piece? Did it have larger sections, or was it just all one piece? Did it feature any solo instruments or voices? Where did you hear it? (And remember, if it was Mozart, then the pop piece took the idea from the earlier Mozart, rather than the other way around, although that's a REALLY common chord progression and it would not be surprising to hear it in many places, though I understand the similarity. – J. Sheldon Jul 27 '19 at 18:01

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