I have been trying to find out what this piece of music is for over a year with no luck.

I recorded myself whistling the tune - most of it is a string orchestra with a quick flurry from a flute at the end. It then repeats.

I think it was from a film but I can’t place it. The overall feel of the piece is very relaxed and happy. Think almost elevator music style.

Here is the link of me whistling it. Apologies for the loud start. https://vocaroo.com/i/s0QsF8moxd8S

EXTRA: I managed to get a violin friend to quickly try and recreate this song. What he recorded is not the right key (the orignal is much happier sounding) but maybe this might give you the gist of it anyway. (This is the string orchestra section). The flute trill part comes after this.


Bumping this again to see if anyone else can help while we're all stuck at home bored!


  • I'm prtty sure I know which one's the piece, however I don't remember name or composer. Your timing is correct, so I propose you tell that to a shazam or shazam like app and maybe it figures out correctly. :)
    – 8134
    Nov 13, 2019 at 7:31
  • Would you think it's regular classical music that was (maybe) used for a movie, or would it be a soundtrack composed for a movie?
    – Karlo
    Nov 13, 2019 at 20:39
  • Hi Karlo, it’s very hard to tell. I’m leaning towards it being from a soundtrack but i’ve gone through hundreds so far and no luck. Most classical pieces i’ve found have been busier with strings rather than the sedate tempo this is in. I’m trying to find an app (or maybe do something in ableton live) to try and replicate it.
    – Cruffmusic
    Nov 14, 2019 at 3:22
  • It sounds like Bizet (youtube.com/watch?v=hBlNa9_RCNw) or Rimsky-Korsakov (youtube.com/watch?v=3rqwvMMxeA8). Though it sounds more dark than happy when I listen to your first bar.
    – dfhwze
    Nov 17, 2019 at 15:08
  • Hi Dfhwze, alas it's neither of those either :( The one upshot of this problem is that i've listened to god knows how many classical pieces and heard some new cool ones I hadn't heard before so that's a plus haha. Bizet was closer though out of the two.
    – Cruffmusic
    Nov 18, 2019 at 9:29

3 Answers 3


Maybe you are thinking of the main theme from La Strada, a film by Federico Fellini with music composed by Nino Rota.


At the beginning of this soundtrack you can hear a small part of the theme. The complete tune can be found at 1:24 - 3:00. From 4:12 till the end it returns with yet a different orchestration.

Many other versions of this piece of music exist.

  • Hi Draakhond. Alas, that isn’t it but thanks very much for trying!
    – Cruffmusic
    Nov 12, 2019 at 20:25

Maybe you are referring to the first movement of Sibelius' 2nd symphony. It seems to be a motive that appears multiple times, such as here and here.

  • It is not. There's a famous piece which runs at the exact same timing OP provides. Unfortunately, I don't remember it's name or composer.
    – 8134
    Nov 13, 2019 at 7:30
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    Thanks Karlo, but that is not it either. As 8134 said, the timing of the piece doesn’t match. The piece i’m trying to find is quite relaxed - the strings are textural more than busy. The flutes are just used sporadically as well with the trills/flurries. I’m going to keep trying haha!
    – Cruffmusic
    Nov 13, 2019 at 9:16
  • Good, I was right suspecting timing was important. I'm making some inquiries to friends and I hope I'll be able to forward an answer.
    – 8134
    Nov 13, 2019 at 12:37
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    Thanks very much :) I should’ve said that i’m pretty certain it has been used in a movie soundtrack. Over the last two week’s i’ve listened to hundreds of soundtracks but no luck as yet.
    – Cruffmusic
    Nov 13, 2019 at 21:00

Try on Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. The chord progression sounds similar.

  • Hi Jason, alas it's not that either. I think it must be from a soundtrack rather than a classical piece now. I've gone through a lot of classical pieces and they are all too busy sounding so far. I'm going through a Naxos list of classical pieces in movies but no joy so far.
    – Cruffmusic
    Nov 26, 2019 at 21:40

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