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So, I'm a very elementary music student with a theatrical background, and I want to ask a professor about what I hear as a very marked similarity between a couple of songs from different Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals:

Unfortunately, I don't yet have the ear training or perhaps even the vocabulary yet to describe what it is I'm hearing, and I don't want to sound stupid. Is it just a very similar melody and rhythm? Is it a very similar melody and rhythm? Is there a better way to describe what the similarities, and/or for vocabulary for when a composer's work seems to sometimes have a "trademark sound" like this?

I appreciate any and all help.

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    I think you can just ask the professor. Mention that they sound very similar to you and ask them if they know why that is. Composers (even much-vaunted ones like Beethoven and Tchaikovsky) often subconsciously or deliberately re-use ideas and themes and melodies, etc. It's not unusual or surprising. Dec 10, 2018 at 18:15

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