The following six audio samples represent, perhaps, the best-known classical music compositions as they have been used in more than 150 mainstream movies.

This question asks you to identify the six original composers.

Unfortunately, the last audio sample has been transmogrified (messed up) beyond recognition. You can still identify the sixth composer by either:

  • un-transmogrification of the sixth audio sample or
  • decoding this cipher using the surnames of the first five composers:
    5-5, 2-6, 3-3, 1-4, 4-1, 2-1, 5-2, 1-3, C, 5-1, 3-4, 1-5, 2-1, B, 3-5, 3-6, 4-2, 4-6, 2-5

Here are the audio samples (each is 150 kB or less): 1.ogg, 2.ogg, 3.ogg, 4.ogg, 5.ogg, 6.ogg. Some minor audio adjustments have been made to defeat Shazam.

EDIT - here is an alternate method to receive the audio samples:

  1. Download the following image
  2. Change its file extension from .gif to .rar
  3. Extract the six audio files using WinRAR (other unzip software may not work)

embedded audio files
These audio samples are from public domain sources on either Musopen or Wikipedia. The compositions and the performances are both free from copyright.

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    $\begingroup$ Amazing question! $\endgroup$
    – dmg
    Jun 22 '15 at 7:24
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    $\begingroup$ I get a 404 for 5.ogg $\endgroup$ Jun 22 '15 at 20:08
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    $\begingroup$ @TobiaTesan - Thanks for letting me know. I don't see a problem with googledrive but later today I will try to embed the audio files into a picture and upload to imgur as well. $\endgroup$
    – Len
    Jun 22 '15 at 20:25
  • $\begingroup$ 404 error for all musics... $\endgroup$ Mar 31 '18 at 9:42

So far:


Felix Mendelssohn's "Wedding March"


Gioachino Rossini's "William Tell Overture"


George Frideric Handel's "Hallelujah from the Messiah"

Through the collective effort of BmyGuest and pacoverflow and their answers here and here we get:

Johann Strauss II
Felix Mendelssohn
Richard Wagner
Gioachino Rossini
George Frideric Handel

Decoding (first index is the composer, second the letter in the surname), results in:

elgarmarchnumberone -> Elgar's March Number One -> Elgar's March No. 1

The sixth composer being:

Sir Edward William Elgar

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    $\begingroup$ Ok, I wanted to try out a puzzle with audio clues but I guess that was too easy. ;-) $\endgroup$
    – Len
    Jun 22 '15 at 7:24
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    $\begingroup$ @Len I am sort of a music freak, the question was in fact amazing. Keep up the great work! $\endgroup$
    – dmg
    Jun 22 '15 at 7:26
  • $\begingroup$ @Len Also you've made my day as I now can't stop listening the sixth one :) $\endgroup$
    – dmg
    Jun 22 '15 at 7:27
  • $\begingroup$ @Len Wouldn't have thought that I ever post on a music puzzle as first. I'm quite not a music expert or even listening to music very much - and I'm really bad at trivia & names ;c) $\endgroup$
    – BmyGuest
    Jun 22 '15 at 8:26
  • $\begingroup$ @BmyGuest - You did well then! I'm still puzzling with The pyramid code... $\endgroup$
    – Len
    Jun 22 '15 at 16:44

Work in progress


Blue Danube waltz, Johann Strauss II


Wedding March, Richard Wagner


Klaviersonate op. 35, Frédéric Chopin


Partial answer:


Bridal Chorus by Richard Wagner


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