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


John Williams would almost certainly have heard Dvorak's "New World" Symphony, but it's very unlikely he deliberately copied it. This rising semitone motif has been used in numerous other works.


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.


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 ...

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