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Subject: Music used in a Monty Python episode
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Television
Asked by: pither-ga
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Posted: 16 Jun 2006 07:45 PDT
Expires: 16 Jul 2006 07:45 PDT
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.

Request for Question Clarification by bobbie7-ga on 16 Jun 2006 08:16 PDT
Hello Pither,

Please let me know if the information below answers your question?

Thanks, Bobbie7

"Monty Python's Flying Circus"
The Cycling Tour (1972) 
Original Air Date: 7 December 1972 (Season 3, Episode 8)
Non-Original Music by 
Hector Berlioz   (from "Symphonie Fantastique")  
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy   (from "Hebrides Overture")  
John Philip Sousa   (theme "Liberty Bell March")  
Eric Coates   (sketch "Commuter Sketch (Boring Life)") (from
"Knightsbridge March") (uncredited)
Ralph Vaughan Williams   (from "Symphony No.7") (uncredited

Request for Question Clarification by bobbie7-ga on 16 Jun 2006 08:27 PDT
Dear Pither,

Please listen to the music at the following link.

Is this the music you recall?

Thanks, Bobbie7

Clarification of Question by pither-ga on 16 Jun 2006 15:09 PDT
Thanks Bobbie, but the music in the link is not the music that is in
the sketch. None of the links in imdb directly pinpoint the piece

Request for Question Clarification by pinkfreud-ga on 16 Jun 2006 15:50 PDT
Numerous sources mention the waltz from Gounod's "Faust" as the theme
music for the Cycling Tour sketch:


Here's a brief clip of the waltz from "Faust":

Clarification of Question by pither-ga on 16 Jun 2006 23:17 PDT
Thanks Pinkfreud, 
The link is not the actual piece (or the part used in the sketch
anyway), however, the piece IS indeed Gounod's Faust - just found it
on iTunes.
Subject: 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

Results from that search led me to this newsgroup post, which
identified Gounod's "Faust" as the source:

Google Groups:

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

Google Web Search: "monty python" "cycling tour" 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

Best regards,
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