Can anyone identify the title and composer of this music?
(The linked recording begins in the last 22 seconds of the piece. To listen to it the way it’s meant to be heard, start the recording at the 24 second mark, play through and immediately repeat.)
This piece is currently used as the “on hold” music for CVS/Pharmacy stores. Nobody seems to know who was the composer: not the fellow who posted the above recording at SoundCloud, and apparently the pharmacy’s corporate people are not sharing that information. The only suggested identification I’ve encountered refers to a brass band march piece, which this romantic piano solo emphatically is not. Rumor has it that the pharmacy company is considering scrapping it for something new.
An admirer of the piece uploaded this image of the basic notation:
Music to write books by.
To me, the romance and drama of the piece put it in the leitmotif category. I blogged about this kind of musical and literary treatment in Do You Write Leitmotifs?
I wrote most of Irish Firebrands while listening to music (sometimes just one piece, all day), and this one may become another of those inspirational pieces while I write The Passions of Patriots.
2 responses to “Mystery Muzak.”
It’s a beautiful piece. Not sure why they would want to scrape it.
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I find it hard to believe, but what little I’ve seen online about it reports complaints that the muzak is “boring.” I think the real reason for any corporate intention to change it is that some folks just can’t resist trying to fix what ain’t broke.