This pianist found the Winnie the Pooh theme tune, hidden deep in a Chopin Nocturne
13 March 2019, 14:39 | Updated: 13 March 2019, 14:42
Japanese pianist and composer Leiki Ueda has discovered a resemblance between a soaring melody in a Chopin nocturne, and the Disney theme to Winnie the Pooh.
At one of the melodic climaxes of the great Polish composer's Nocturne Op. 15 No. 2 in F sharp, the melody line fits (almost) with the much-loved childhood song: "Winnie-the-Pooh, Winnie-the-Pooh, tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff..."
Following his discovery, Leiki couldn't resist creating a more detailed mashup of the music. Here's his specially recorded performance, combining elements of the nocturne, Chopin's 'Farewell Waltz' and Pooh's catchy ditty.
The Disney song for the film The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was composed by American songwriters Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. And although it's highly improbable the Sherman brothers were inspired by this melody hidden deep in a Chopin piece, the similarity certainly made us chuckle.
Next time you're listening to the Nocturnes, with a late-night glass of wine in hand, you'll probably catch yourself singing along.
You can follow Leiki on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram - you can also download the sheet music for his arrangement here.