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 Posted:   Jul 1, 2014 - 4:26 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Have any of the piano players among us ever noticed that the "Peter Gunn" riff sounds like the second half of the final bar of Hanon exercise number 28? When I started studying piano I noticed this right away. As Mancini played piano, I wonder if this was deliberate.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2014 - 4:42 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

No piano players here who played the Hanon exercises?!?

 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2014 - 9:06 PM   
 By:   George Komar   (Member)

Have any of the piano players among us ever noticed that the "Peter Gunn" riff sounds like the second half of the final bar of Hanon exercise number 28?



The last bar hits only the white keys and does not resemble in any way the Gunn riff. The official Mancini piano sheet music has F F G F G#-A F Bb A. If you begin the riff at middle C it would be C C D C D#-E C F E.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2014 - 9:10 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)


The last bar hits only the white keys and does not resemble in any way the Gunn riff. The official Mancini piano sheet music has F F G F G-sharp-A F B-flat A.


You are deaf, old man. Learn how to transpose and then compare.

 
 Posted:   Jul 2, 2014 - 9:17 PM   
 By:   George Komar   (Member)

http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtdFPE.asp?ppn=MN0077849

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2014 - 12:51 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Peter Gunn:

1-1-2-1-3-1-4-3

Hanon 28 (second half of last bar):

6-1-2-1-3-2-4-3

When the Hanon ends on the 1 and then you start repeating the riff from there, you get:

1-1-2-1-3-2-4-3

Virtually the same, except for for the note before the 4, and the grace note before the 3 in Peter Gunn.

As many piano players like to build riffs from such things, I think there is a good possibility the Mancini may have riffed on this exercise and that it may have inspired "Peter Gunn."

 
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