This is a music-related rebus puzzle, for the fortnight challenge of mixing unconventional tags, hence this music rebus.

Music Rebus

What famous quote from a movie is suggested in the above rebus?

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    $\begingroup$ If that second bar is meant to be what it looks like, its timing is wrong. (The upper "part" in the left hand needs each of its notes to start a semiquaver earlier, end at the same time, and therefore be a semiquaver longer.) $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Nov 10, 2016 at 19:54
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    $\begingroup$ Adding on @GarethMcCaughan's comment, this is if the third bar is supposed to be the first bar from prelude no. 1 in C major from Bach's Well-tempered Clavier. $\endgroup$
    – boboquack
    Nov 10, 2016 at 20:13
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for pointing that out! You are both right— the prelude in C is what I was going for, and there is no puzzley meaning to the note being in the wrong place— I just made a mistake. $\endgroup$
    – margalo
    Nov 10, 2016 at 20:25
  • $\begingroup$ Is the second vertical bar green and outsized on purpose? $\endgroup$
    – humn
    Nov 15, 2016 at 0:29

2 Answers 2


In the first measure, ALL of the notes on the piano are to be played simultaneously. In the second measure, six Bs are to be played. The third measure is the first bar of J.S. Bach's Prelude in C from Book 1 of the Well-Tempered Clavier.


This, of course, is in reference to 'I'll Be Back' from The Terminator.


"I'll be back" (The Terminator) writ large?

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    $\begingroup$ Can you explain? $\endgroup$ Nov 10, 2016 at 20:46
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    $\begingroup$ Maybe: First bar "all" notes. Second bar Bs. Last bar Bach. "All B Bach" = "I'll be back". $\endgroup$
    – Ergwun
    Dec 6, 2016 at 6:56

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