OK - so now we have established that my mystery piece number one is Debussy's Arabesque (thank you ydpubs!), we can get on to the next mystery piece. ( I can't remember if maybe I've posted about this before??? possibly...)
This was a piece I heard at my parents' house 20 some years ago. Yes, I have been thinking about this for that long. Things to keep in mind when you think about this....
1. My parents were music majors, so their classical music collection is extensive and consists of more than just your average recognizable pieces
2. I played in my city's youth symphony orchestra for four years, so I also had a lot of exposure to a lot of the more mainstream classical pieces
3. It is not from Disney's Fantasia
4. It's not The Pines of Rome
5. I have heard pieces by Ravel, Debussy, and Respighi that have a similar sound to them, but haven't been able to find this exact piece.
6. Most importantly - DAD hasn't been able to figure out what the piece is either and it's in his bloody record collection! LOL
I can only remember about four bars of this piece (talk about irritating!). The segment I can remember starts off with this fantastic french horn segment - almost like a "triumphant" sounding sort of thing, then it seems to be answered by the strings - with the flutes and woodwinds "twittering" in the background. It is *not* from Fantasia, but it reminds me of woodland creatures and butterflies and maybe a meadow. If I had to have visualization to go with it, that is....those four bars....visualization...woodland creatures....just those.four.bars....
I'm open to suggestions. Worst case scenario is I get to listen to lots of nice classical music during my quest!