I'm not sure exactly how obscure
this is, but it bugged me for ten years
of my life
, so I thought I'd share it with anyone in a similar situation.
"Intermezzo Sinfonico" from Cavalliera Rusticana by Mascagni
Tissue paper hawkers Kleenex
used this in an advert circa 1982
, which I have for posterity
since my parents taped me lots of Christmas TV
before I was born. The plot
of this commercial
is concerned with a small boy
and his mother
, who appear to be attending some sort of Communist rally
in an undetermined location.
Anyway, the kid is separated from his parents by a marching band
of Cuban revolutionaries
playing the sort of exciting Latin
hybrid music usually associated with these sort of events (really, I shit you not
). In floods of tears
, he wanders into a local newsagent
, where he is reunited with his dad, who gently lifts him onto his shoulders
while attending to his tears with Kleenex. At that point, possibly the most gorgeous five
have ever played swell up in the background
as they leave the store.
I think if this advert was played to me in music lessons when i started school
I would have a wider interest in classical music
rather than the two or three rather arbitrary composers I have time for now.