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Post your favourite instrumental pieces here.

I'll start.

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by Anonymousreply 122Last Thursday at 4:12 AM

I will continue

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by Anonymousreply 111/19/2020

"That Happy Feeling" - Bert Kaempfert

New York metro baby boomers remember what this was the theme song to?

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by Anonymousreply 211/19/2020

Raúl Di Blasio - Piano

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by Anonymousreply 311/19/2020

“Mr. Lucky” Henry Mancini, 1959

I don’t know if it’s a Wurlitzer or a Hammond organ, but it reminds me of being in a roller rink.

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by Anonymousreply 411/19/2020

There's a wonderful CD called The Golden Age of American Popular Music: Hits with Strings and Things - Hot 100 Instrumentals from 1956-1967. It's available at amazon. I posted this link because it includes the song listings, which amazon's page does not.

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by Anonymousreply 511/19/2020

Experiment in Terror - Henry Mancini

by Anonymousreply 611/19/2020

Miles Davis Quintet - It Never Entered My Mind

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by Anonymousreply 711/19/2020

A very well-known one by Mancini. I included this clip because of the artistry in the music and in the animation. The bit where the Pink Panther is dancing in the spotlight is superb.

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by Anonymousreply 811/19/2020

No contest — I return to this frequently because of its lovely ambiance and the heartfelt performance.

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by Anonymousreply 911/19/2020

A 1979 favorite, "Music Box Dancer."

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by Anonymousreply 1011/19/2020

Everyone knows this one. I love the French horns.

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by Anonymousreply 1111/19/2020

Oops! R10 is a 31-minute cover version of "Music Box Dancer" by Richard Clayderman. Here's Frank Mills' original. One of my favorite tunes from 1979.

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by Anonymousreply 1211/19/2020

my favorite version of September Song is by Brubeck

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by Anonymousreply 1311/19/2020
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by Anonymousreply 1411/19/2020

Love Unlimited Orchestra - Love's Theme

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by Anonymousreply 1511/19/2020

Tubular Bells. It's a song for any occasion.

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by Anonymousreply 1611/19/2020

Charade - Henry Mancini

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by Anonymousreply 1711/19/2020

Moonlight Serenade - Eumir Deodato

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by Anonymousreply 1811/19/2020

Lady Alice Coltrane

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by Anonymousreply 1911/19/2020

Always loved this one. It was on an old Reader’s Digest album they had scores of in the den.

This and Percy Faith’s rendition of The Most Beautiful Girl are tied as being my personal favorite instrumental pieces.

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by Anonymousreply 2011/19/2020

And here is Percy Faith/The Most Beautiful Girl.

This one particularly brings me back as the particular album this song was on had plenty of Ray Conniff Singers’ songs. And while they may be square and whatnot to most, I enjoyed their take on a fair few songs, despite being very young at the time.

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by Anonymousreply 2111/19/2020

Rush - "YYZ" from the 1981 album Moving Pictures

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by Anonymousreply 2211/19/2020

Faith No More - "Woodpecker from Mars" off the1989 album The Real Thing

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by Anonymousreply 2311/19/2020

Lady Coltrane is lovely here on the harp.

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by Anonymousreply 2411/19/2020

The Goldberg Variations

Jean Rondeau is so beautiful when he plays.

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by Anonymousreply 2511/19/2020

Anisa Parganlija

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by Anonymousreply 2611/20/2020

Stevie Ray Vaughan, “Riviera Paradise”. The notes just flow like water.

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by Anonymousreply 2711/20/2020

TSOP by MFSB.

by Anonymousreply 2811/20/2020

"Lollipops and Roses," by Herb Alpert, who may just be the coolest dude on the planet.

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by Anonymousreply 2911/20/2020

Bluegrass is like pizza, even if it's not great it's still good.

But this' one's a shiner -- "Katmandu" from Bela Fleck off The Bluegrass Sessions: Tales From The Acoustic Planet, Vol. 2

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by Anonymousreply 3011/20/2020

"The Carioca" from "Flying Down to Rio," given the big band treatment by Artie Shaw and his orchestra.

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by Anonymousreply 3111/20/2020

Mason Williams, "Classical Gas" 1968

You may not recognize the title but you've heard the song.

Williams was a standup comedian who used music in his comedy and had a comedy-music album a year before the release of Classical Gas. He wrote comedy for The Smothers Brothers, Glen Campbell's variety show, and SNL. But he'll always be more known for writing/performing one of the most recognizable American instrumental songs ever.

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by Anonymousreply 3211/20/2020

I ❤️❤️❤️ this thread!

Thanks, OP and others.

by Anonymousreply 3311/20/2020

Floyd Cramer, "On the Rebound"

A huge hit back in the early 60s, and it was used as a memorable opening theme for the film "An Education."

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by Anonymousreply 3411/20/2020

You can't sit still for Spyro Gyra.

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by Anonymousreply 3511/20/2020

A little Jobim?

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by Anonymousreply 3611/20/2020

My favorite this week, anyway.

More Percy Faith Orchestra:

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by Anonymousreply 3711/20/2020

for R22 - hope for today's youth

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by Anonymousreply 3811/20/2020

Theme for Young Lovers by Percy Faith was a top 40 hit

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by Anonymousreply 3911/20/2020

This was my mother's favorite in the late 60s.

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by Anonymousreply 4011/20/2020

A surprising early 70s hit.

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by Anonymousreply 4111/20/2020

Another huge hit in its day. The video becomes very campy.

"Music Box Dancer"

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by Anonymousreply 4211/20/2020

In the Mood by Glen Miller

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by Anonymousreply 4311/20/2020

Also Sprach Zarutha

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by Anonymousreply 4411/20/2020

Close Enough For Love - Stan Getz

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by Anonymousreply 4511/20/2020

Instrumental pieces?

Such understanding of music, OP.

by Anonymousreply 4611/20/2020

Rhapsody in Blue

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Desafinado

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by Anonymousreply 4811/20/2020

Linus and Lucy

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by Anonymousreply 4911/20/2020

Feels So Good

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by Anonymousreply 5011/20/2020

Rise

(And Herb Albert was hot!)

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by Anonymousreply 5111/20/2020

R50 reminds me of how much I've always liked Chuck Mangione's "Consuela's Love Theme" from Children of Sanchez. It's *mostly* instrumental, going on for many minutes before we hear vocalization, then actual singing. Enjoy the instrumental part.

It's from 1978, so OurMillennialDouchebag will undoubtedly be along to make fun of it or of me.

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by Anonymousreply 5211/21/2020

definitely some castello

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by Anonymousreply 5311/21/2020

some bach is nice

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by Anonymousreply 5411/22/2020

Love is Blue

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by Anonymousreply 5511/22/2020

Well, if we're going to include some Bach, then Vivaldi has to follow.

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by Anonymousreply 5611/22/2020

I know the synths sound so dated but I still love this song.

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by Anonymousreply 5711/22/2020

Classical Gas by Mason Williams

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by Anonymousreply 5811/22/2020

Ravel's Bolero -

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by Anonymousreply 5911/22/2020

Fun City

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by Anonymousreply 6011/22/2020

Ravel was a very handsome man, wow. BDF.

by Anonymousreply 6111/22/2020

As a sentimental eldergay I always swoon to Percy Faith’s “theme from a summer place.”

It’s hard to sometimes figure out the title of an instrumental you like. How the hell do you look it up on the Internet?

by Anonymousreply 6211/22/2020

That’s gorgeous R60

by Anonymousreply 6311/22/2020

Simply Google whatever information you have about the piece -- the composer? was it a movie theme? where / when did you hear it? Is it classical, jazz, rock? Drill down through all your clues until you find some youtube samples. Hope this helps.

R62 There's a fun thread titled "You know you're an Eldergay". Your post would be most appreciated there!

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by Anonymousreply 6411/22/2020

Brian Eno - Music For Airports

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Dif Juz - Extractions

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by Anonymousreply 6611/22/2020

Giorgio Moroder

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by Anonymousreply 6711/22/2020

Love is Blue

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Billy Preston

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Bob Crewe Generation

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by Anonymousreply 7011/22/2020

Ramsey Lewis

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Ramsey Lewis with Earth, Wind and Fire

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by Anonymousreply 7211/22/2020

Jr. Walker

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Joy

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by Anonymousreply 7411/22/2020

Cast Your Fate To The Wind- Vince Guaraldi

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by Anonymousreply 7511/22/2020

Quincy Jones

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by Anonymousreply 7611/22/2020

Quincy Jones

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by Anonymousreply 7711/22/2020

Santana

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by Anonymousreply 7811/22/2020

Swing Out Sister

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by Anonymousreply 7911/22/2020

Swing Out Sister

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by Anonymousreply 8011/22/2020

denouement

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by Anonymousreply 8111/22/2020

The instrumental version of "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" by The Smiths.

Also known as: the song that plays over the Art Institute sequence in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

It always makes me a little teary when I hear it.

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by Anonymousreply 8211/22/2020

Sorry, Tina.

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by Anonymousreply 8311/22/2020

Kool and the Gang

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by Anonymousreply 8411/22/2020

R82 reminded me of this, The English Beat

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by Anonymousreply 8511/22/2020

Lots of yesteryear stuff on this thread but that’s cool. Here’s something more recent. Ben Böhmer

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by Anonymousreply 8611/22/2020

Thank you R64, I think? I see your point about all of the clues to an instrumental’s title. I just mean if you know a snippet of the melody - nothing you can really do with that.

by Anonymousreply 8711/22/2020

September Song - Agnes Obel

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by Anonymousreply 8811/22/2020

chopin scherzi

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by Anonymousreply 8911/22/2020

A little airport lounge music by Schubert.

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by Anonymousreply 9011/22/2020

a piece by an older gent, perfect for the autumnal feel we elder gays dwell in

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by Anonymousreply 9111/22/2020

The Art of Noise - Moments in Love

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by Anonymousreply 9211/22/2020

Malcolm McClaren (Really it's Trevor Horn, Anne Dudley and Thomas Dolby)

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by Anonymousreply 9311/22/2020

Malcolm McClaren (same as above)

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by Anonymousreply 9411/22/2020

MFSB

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by Anonymousreply 9511/22/2020

Ray Charles

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by Anonymousreply 9611/22/2020

Bacharach

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by Anonymousreply 9711/22/2020

Isaac Hayes

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by Anonymousreply 9811/22/2020

[Quote] Such understanding of music, OP.

It makes little sense when there are the whole worlds of jazz and classical "instrumental music to dip into. The term instrumental comes as a contradistinction, with the large scale commercialization of pop music which was largely vocal songs. Like the Ventures at the time of the Beatles.

by Anonymousreply 9911/22/2020

Mike Post

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by Anonymousreply 10011/22/2020

Fleetwood Mac - Albatross

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by Anonymousreply 10111/22/2020

Bill Evans - Moon Beams

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by Anonymousreply 10211/22/2020

R87 My apologies. I misunderstood your question. There must be an app that can identify a melody when hummed. Maybe one of the young whippersnappers on this thread can help!

by Anonymousreply 10311/22/2020

R36, what is the song linked from Jobim's WAVE? That YouTube link doesn't appear to be the title song from the WAVE LP.

TIA!

by Anonymousreply 10411/22/2020

R36 is the title track "Wave" R104

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by Anonymousreply 10511/22/2020

Herb Alpert's Rise -- It reminded me of Wave by Jobim

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by Anonymousreply 10611/22/2020

R103 Shazam and Soundhound... I believe Spotify has such a feature as well.

by Anonymousreply 10711/22/2020

R87 Try R107 suggestions...maybe you can find the melody you're looking for!

by Anonymousreply 10811/22/2020

Thanks for the sleuthing suggestions. I do have Shazam and it really is magic, to just pull that info out of the air. I find myself using it in stores.

by Anonymousreply 10911/23/2020

Rossini for the win

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by Anonymousreply 110Last Tuesday at 12:32 AM

Cavatina has always been my favorite. So simple...so haunting..

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by Anonymousreply 111Last Tuesday at 12:32 AM

1. "Sing, Sing, Sing"---Gene Krupa on drums.

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by Anonymousreply 112Last Tuesday at 1:30 AM

2. "Wipeout"---Ventures.

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by Anonymousreply 113Last Tuesday at 1:36 AM

3. "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White"----Perez Prado.

Finding this song in my parents' stash opened a new world for me and made me a trumpet lover forever.

So I became later a major fan of Herb Albert ("Rise" is hardly him at his best! Try "A Taste of Honey" or "Zorba the Greek"!) and am somewhere in the 1966 crowd photo on the back cover of "S.R.O."

But that final crescendo by Perez......

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by Anonymousreply 114Last Tuesday at 1:52 AM

R112 here. Maybe this is the link to Benny Goodman and Gene:

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by Anonymousreply 115Last Tuesday at 2:06 AM

since it is his anniversary . .

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by Anonymousreply 116Last Tuesday at 4:10 AM

Yakety Sax

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by Anonymousreply 117Last Tuesday at 10:58 PM

Love swing out Sister!

by Anonymousreply 118Last Wednesday at 2:44 PM

What Does it Take - Junior Walker & the All Stars

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by Anonymousreply 119Last Wednesday at 2:53 PM

Yes, call me a Frau - but I have always loved this one.

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by Anonymousreply 120Last Wednesday at 3:01 PM

Girleen- but it is pretty

by Anonymousreply 121Last Thursday at 4:09 AM

Ry Cooder - Paris, Texas theme

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by Anonymousreply 122Last Thursday at 4:12 AM
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