However, quoting music under copyright might land you in hot water. I recall Turnage piece "Hammered out" in the Proms two years ago.
Hugh Wood's Piano concerto opus 31 (1991), of which the slow movements is a set of variations, acknowledges the copyright of the theme "Sweet Lorraine".
Given the enormous amount of themes from popular operas and other works produced on an almost industrial scale in the 18th and 19th century, this would have been a nice source of income for these themes' original composers.
Liszt would have had a very substantial amount of claims/royalties to pay, wouldn't he?
With my comparison between the Delibes 'Les Chasseresses' (Fanfare) from ‘Sylvia’ and Wagner’s overture to the ‘The Flying Dutchman’ I was thinking more of the overall impression of mood and character of the works rather than note for note similarities. When I heard Delibes’s Les Chasseresses on the radio the other day for a while I thought that I was hearing 'The Flying Dutchman'.
However, going onto more obvious musical similarities I’m always struck how the excitable flourish at the end of the main theme of the minuet from Haydn's Symphony No.104 in D major sounds so remarkably like Ron Goodwin’s ‘Miss Jane Marple theme’ to the Margaret Rutherford series of Miss Marple films. Also how Geoffrey Burgon’s theme music to ‘Brideshead Revisited’ sounds so much like the slow movement from Albinoni’s Oboe Concerto in D minor Op. 9/2.
Schubert also seems to make homage to Beethoven in his own 9th with a melody that is strongly reminiscent of 'that tune'. There is also a point in the Schubert that reminds me of Wagner's Meistersinger.
“Every piece of music is a rehearsal of one’s life,” - Sir Colin Davis
There seems to me to be a large measure of overlap between this thread and an earlier one http://www.for3.org/forums/showthrea...ighlight=heard
Similarities more often than not (in my experience) can colour a work to its detriment - save in cases such as Mahler 3 - Brahms 1. Apart from such echoes / quotes / references, I personally don't want to hear Miss Marple peeping out from behind a phrase in a Haydn Symphony etc etc. As mentioned before, Mahler 9 and Rachmaninov's 4th piano concerto have been spoiled for me by awareness of similarities. So I try not to pick up too much on accidental cross-references...
"The isle is full of noises... Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not"
The Tempest, Act III scene 2 ll 148-9