Nokia tune

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"Nokia tune"; in Tárrega's Gran Vals, the final A is two octaves lower.
Nokia tune on piano

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The Nokia tune (also called Grande Valse on old Nokia mobile phones) is a phrase from a composition for solo guitar, Gran Vals, by the Spanish classical guitarist and composer Francisco Tárrega, written in 1902.[1]


In 1993 Anssi Vanjoki, then Executive Vice President of Nokia, brought the whole Gran Vals to Lauri Kivinen (now Head of Corporate Affairs) and together they selected the excerpt that became "Nokia tune".[2] The excerpt is taken from measures (bars) 13–16 of the piece. The tune, which Nokia has registered as a sound trademark in some countries,[3][4] was the first identifiable musical ringtone on a mobile phone.[5] It first appeared in the Nokia 2110, which was released in 1994.[6]

The tune is heard worldwide an estimated 1.8 billion times per day, about 20,000 times per second.[7]

Hong Kong singer Khalil Fong, a Nokia spokesperson for Greater China, composed a song called "Coconut Shell" (椰殼) which features a segment of the Nokia tune played on the erhu, a Chinese two-string instrument.

Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin wrote a short composition entitled Valse Irritation d'Après Nokia based on the tune.[8]


  1. ^ Tony Skinner, Raymond Burley (2002). Classical Guitar Playing: Grade Seven (LCM). Registry Publications Ltd. p. 10. ISBN 1-898466-67-X. 
  2. ^ Juutilainen, Esa-Markku and Kukkula, Tapio (2007). Lukion Musa 1. WSOY. p. 41. ISBN 978-951-0-30756-4. 
  3. ^ United States Patent and Trademark Office
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  5. ^ Ryzik, Melena Z. (10 July 2005). "The Nokia Fugue in G Major". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 April 2008. 
  6. ^ Nokia: Mobile Revolution
  7. ^ How sound affects us interview with Julian Treasure on Radio New Zealand National Nine to Noon programme, 27 January 2010
  8. ^ Thompson, Damian (17 January 2010). "The Nokia ringtone turns into… music!". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 

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