Music used in a Monty Python episode
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Asked by: pither-ga
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16 Jun 2006 07:45 PDT
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Question ID: 738687
In the comedy series Monty Python's Flying Circus there is a sketch called 'The Cycling Tour' featuring a character called Mr Pither. I would like to know the name and composer of the orchestral music that plays in the opening scence (background) while Mr Pither cycles through Cornwall.
Re: Music used in a Monty Python episode
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 17 Jun 2006 11:35 PDT
I'm glad to have been able to help you identify the music as an excerpt from Gounod's "Faust." My own memory of the sketch is -- well, sketchy. I haven't seen it for at least a decade. So I was glad to find that other folks online were discussing the music. This was the preliminary search string that I used in seeking this information: Google Groups: "monty python" "cycling tour" classical http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&q=%22monty%20python%22%20%22cycling%20tour%22%20classical&sa=N&tab=wg Results from that search led me to this newsgroup post, which identified Gounod's "Faust" as the source: Google Groups: alt.fan.monty-python http://groups.google.com/group/alt.fan.monty-python/msg/8246440c81b02f7f?hl=en& I then found many more online mentions of the waltz from "Faust" in connection with "The Cycling Tour": Google Groups: "monty python" "cycling tour" faust http://groups.google.com/groups/search?hl=en&q=%22monty+python%22+%22cycling+tour%22+faust Google Web Search: "monty python" "cycling tour" faust ://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22monty+python%22+%22cycling+tour%22+faust I hope this quest was as interesting for you as it was for me! I had a great time, although for a few moments I thought myself to be Clodagh Rogers. Best regards, pinkfreud
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