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  • The bathetic cornet trope in British TV comedies

    Now how's that for a topic title? Surely I deserve a Nobel Prize. (Failing that, please donate me a 10 shilling postal order.)

    Anyway, who knows what I mean? In TV comedies in the 1960s (and maybe 1970s), after a situation of bathos had reached its moment of anti-climax, you'd often get a 5 note piece of cornet music on the soundtrack: Wa, Wa, Wa, Wa ... WAAAAAAAAAAH. No, sorry, I can't do the musical notation, and you probably couldn't read it either. And I can't find an example off-hand.

    The other musical trope I remember is a corny mock-mournful piece of violin being played while somebody told a sob story - always the same piece. Anybody know what I mean?

  • #2
    Hancock and Steptoe come to mind.

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    • #3
      You're right! It would take some trawling to find an example on YouTube, though.

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      • #4
        English variety theatre, music halls, vaudeville and burlesque theatre come to my mind.

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        • #5
          The sad tune on violin is "Hearts & Flowers" isn't it?
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6D37-qOGCI

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          • garth
            garth commented
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            Seems it is, but I never knew that. Well done!

        • #6
          This too, for visuals.

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          • #7
            I think your thinking of the carry ons . They were particurley well none for tropes . Ans some childrens shows like Rentaghost .

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