I think the artist Figaro Castello borrowed a motif from a famous romantic era piece in his piano composition "Purple Dreams". Spotify link.

What is the name of the piece it is alluding to? It is repeated throughout the track but can be heard in the first six seconds.

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    You might try Music Fans, where this would be more on topic. You also may consider finding another place to listen to it, since (at least on my end) you have to sign up for Spotify to hear it. – Richard Oct 8 at 20:03

I though it was a classical piece but after some investigating I found it sounds like he heavily borrowed from the song "Chateau Ladutorm" from a 1986 NES Video Game called "Dragon Warrior". I remember playing this game as a kid and the first time I heard "Purple Dreams" I thought it was a remake of the theme from "Dragon Warrior".

Title: Chateau Ladutorm

Composer: Koichi Sugiyama

Arranger: Takenori Yamamori

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jly1zTJDRXM

OR

http://www.vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php/Dragon_Warrior_(NES)#Albums Track 2

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_Quest_(video_game)

  • Yeah same motif. Interesting. – Gabriel Fair Oct 11 at 13:59

I believe it is the Toccata and Fugue in D minor, by Bach. I have played the piece quite a bit and recognized it immediately!

https://youtu.be/Nnuq9PXbywA?t=152

It reminded me of Faithless "Drifting away", which uses a sample of L'altra notte in fondo al mare from Mefistofele

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