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 '18 at 20:03
  • @GabrielFair Do you have a link to a free recording? – Karlo Feb 9 at 20:23

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!



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



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



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


Passacaglia - Secret garden sounds somewhat the same

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    could you pls add link to YT video of the music, ? – Angst Feb 6 at 23:19

Rather than Bach's Toccato and Fugue, it seems to be inspired by Passacaglia by Handel & Halvorsen.

  • I don't find this to be anything like the song mentioned by the OP. Your post also seems to me to be unnecessarily combative in tone. Perhaps you could elaborate on which part you feel is like the motif to improve this answer? – Brahadeesh May 2 at 8:34
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    sorry, this was not my intention. start listening from 2:06 you can also try: youtube.com/watch?v=vDmw65QvlQQ – here_you_go May 2 at 9:27
  • Hmm, I noted the part at 2:06 in the orchestra to be similar, but I was not convinced. The piano cover clinches it for me, though! Do you think you could edit your post with the latter link? – Brahadeesh May 2 at 9:33
  • I've submitted an edit to your answer based on the comments, could you please accept it if you find it appropriate? That will also help me reverse the vote on your post (which is now locked in). – Brahadeesh May 2 at 9:41
  • You're welcome! :) – Brahadeesh May 2 at 12:06

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