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QUESTION: I apologize that this is a little complicated.  I am a classical music fan.  In the TV show M*A*S*H, in episode 239, entitled "Picture This", there are several pieces of classical music throughout the episode, mostly by Tchaikovsky.  Those I recognize well.  In the last 2-3 minutes of the episode, the character Charles is playing a recording, and at the end, the character Hawkeye gets up and turns up the volume, and then the piece plays at this louder volume during the final freeze frame.  That piece, the piece at the very end of that episode, is the piece I have been trying to identify for months with no luck.  You may be able to find version of this episode online.  If you could identify this piece, I would be eternally grateful.  Many thanks.  
Mike :-)

ANSWER: I will be happy to help you.  Please provide me with the link so I can listen. mb

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QUESTION: Dear Marbeth,
Thank you.  At this link:
you can watch or download the episode.  I believe it is in another language, but that doesn't affect the piece of music.  Again, it's right at the end of the episode.  
Thank you very much for your help.
Mike :-)

Well, I'm trying!  I can't get the link to load.  Tried all day yesterday; no joy.  Tried again today; still no joy.  Drat!!!!  Do you have another source of a link? mb

Please send me the "timing" spot (34:01, for ex).  I don't want to mistake which piece you have the question about.

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Martha Beth Lewis


I have a PhD in musicology, with expertise in medieval - Renaissance - Baroque - Classical periods, but I'll try to help you with any period.

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My answers are not toss-offs. If I don't know the answer, I will do my best to find it.

I have many requests to identify a piece of music. If I can't identify it, I will tell you (1) what composer I think it is; (2) what composer or composers I think it is not; (3) what style period, genre, etc. I think it is or is not. And give you any other help I can to help you find the answer.

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