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Ever since I first watched the said episode, I got enthralled by the tune playing in the very beginning of the Se1 Ep5 of Agatha Christie's Poirot: Third Floor Flat (around two minutes and three minutes in).

Just for the record, it can be heard in the background here at 2:00 - 2:19 and more clearly at 3:05 - 4:28.

It sounds like tango, I searched for Piazzolla pieces (I am no expert on tango, this was advised to me by several enthusiasts), but none seem to match it, although many sound rather close.

I also contacted the ITV on this matter (the television on which Poirot series was originally aired), but sadly, they didn't found any mention of the piece in the credits, they even hinted the music was composed exclusively for the episode.

I contacted Mr. Christopher Gunning, even he didn't know the piece.

I am afraid this piece was composed specifically for the said episode. If not, does anybody know it? Shazam doesn't recognize the piece (although it might be because of the low quality and/or noise) and neither does anyone into music whom I contacted about this. If it really was composed solely for the purpose of this episode, is there any way to obtain the full recorded sample? It is very catchy and I would like to transcribe it for the piano.

Thank you!

  • It is a very charming piece. It's definitely tango in the style of Piazzolla, although I'd be surprised if it's actually his. If Mr. Gunning didn't write it, my guess is it wasn't written specifically for the show. It's likely, however, to be a piece of library music. If you can find out which library, you might be able do a search on their catalog for "piano tango". It looks like British TV often used De Wolfe. – Chris Sunami May 16 '18 at 20:19
  • @ChrisSunami thank you for an interesting idea! However, this was shot almost 30 years ago, did stock music even exist in that period? It's not impossible, it's just how I imagine it, the producer must've come to some place where the music was stored on tapes or something and say "hmmm, I would like something...tango-ish, do you have something like that?" – user16320 May 17 '18 at 8:23
  • "The first production music library was set up by De Wolfe Music in 1927 with the advent of sound in film. The company originally scored music for use in silent film." --from the link I provided earlier. – Chris Sunami May 17 '18 at 11:30
  • I searched all uploads (only three pages of them) labeled as "Tango" on De Wolfe and neither matches that one...I guess it will remain in darkness forever. – user16320 May 17 '18 at 11:44

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