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Posted on 22 Jan 2014 18:10:09 GMT
Lez Lee says:
No he isn't, Wiki is!

Anyone who watches QI will know this one :
Tarrega - Grand Vals

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSQzUx3QW2Y (a few seconds in)

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2014 18:35:48 GMT
RedAlFire says:
Huck, most of what you say is true...:-)

Posted on 22 Jan 2014 18:40:23 GMT
RedAlFire says:
Surprisingly, wiki is online to garner information, same as any other reference item or to endorse your knowledge. Whether discovering or confirming facts or information isn't it prudent to check before posting?

And does it really matter? Information is information, facts are facts and books are not the only source.

Posted on 22 Jan 2014 20:54:43 GMT
I am lost for words - RedAlFire - erudite, electic, as deep as it is broad - you should have a radio show. Informative and cue to further investigations, nothing new under the sun.

Posted on 22 Jan 2014 23:36:05 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jan 2014 23:36:56 GMT
RedAlFire says:
1980's

Swan Lake - Madness
Based on Tchaikovksy's Swan Lake

Toccata - Sky
Based on Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor

Can Can - Bad Manners
from Offenbach's `Orpheus in the Underworld'

Difficult To Cure (Remastered) - Rainbow
Based on Beethoven's Ode To Joy (last movement of 9th Symphony)

This Night (Remastered) - Billy Joel
Adapted from Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata

Icarus Dream Fanfare -Yngwie J. Malmsteen
Based on Tomaso Albinoni's Adagio

(Excerpts from) The Rite of Spring (from Magnetic Flip) - Birdsong Of The Mesozoic
Based on Stravinsky's work of the same name

Lemon Incest [feat. Charlotte Gainsbourg] Serge Gainsbourgfor Charlotte Gainsbourg
Based on Chopin's Etude No. 3 in E (Tristesse) in opus 10.

Russians (Album Version) - Sting
Based on Romance theme from Lieutenant Kije Suite, Opus 60, by Prokofiev.

Lost Song (Version Longue)- Serge Gainsbourg for Jane Birkin
After Grieg's `Solveig's Song' in Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Opus 55.

Posted on 22 Jan 2014 23:37:30 GMT
RedAlFire says:
and 3 more..

And So It Goes - Billy Joel
Based on Jerusalem by C H Parry

Leningrad - Billy Joel
Quotes song `Waldesnacht, du wunderkuhle' by Brahms

Rose Of Pain [Clean] - X (Japan)
Taken from JS Bach's Little Fugue in G minor

Posted on 23 Jan 2014 00:18:26 GMT
Wharf Rat says:
Swan Lake is a song by The Cats. It is a cover of Swan Lake by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and made #48 on the UK Singles Chart in early 1969, making them the first British reggae band to have a top fifty hit in the UK.

Posted on 23 Jan 2014 00:21:46 GMT
Wharf Rat says:
The Sutherland Brothers began their career in 1968 as A New Generation, having some success with the single "Smokie Blues Away" (which used a melody based on the main theme of Dvořák's, New World Symphony)

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2014 00:30:53 GMT
RedAlFire says:
Good stuff Wharfy. It gets more fascinating as you find another with the link to a piece of classical music doesn't it? Sometimes leads you on to another....and so on.

That Sutherland Brothers one has me all of a Quiver! :-)

Posted on 23 Jan 2014 00:31:31 GMT
Wharf Rat says:
Elizabethan Reggae - Boris Gardiner...based upon Ronald Binge's Elizabethan
Serenade....it reach the charts in 1970.

Posted on 23 Jan 2014 00:40:04 GMT
Wharf Rat says:
Switched-On Bach - Wendy Carlos - 1968

Posted on 23 Jan 2014 00:45:38 GMT
Lez Lee says:
I'm Always Chasing Rainbows is based on Chopin's Fantaisie Impromptu.
Till The End Of Time is based on Chopin's Polonaise Héroique

Posted on 23 Jan 2014 01:08:42 GMT
T. Franklin says:
ELP time!

The Barbarian based on a piano piece, Allegro Barbaro, BB 63 (Sz. 49), by Bartok
Knife-Edge based on the first movement of Janacek's Sinfonietta, with the central instrumental section quoting the allemande of JS Bach's first French Suite in D minor, BWV 812
The Only Way (Hymn) contains themes from Bach's Toccata in F, and Prelude VI (both keyboard works I think, not organ)
Pictures At An Exhibition a reworking of Mussorgsky's piano suite
Hoedown from Copland's Rodeo
Jerusalem from Hubert Parry's setting of Blake
Toccata based on a movement of Alberto Ginastera's piano concerto no. 1 (the composer himself approved of Emerson's arrangement)
Piano Improvisations (Live In Anaheim, 1974) contains quotes from a fugue by Friedrich Gulda
The Enemy God Dances With The Black Spirits from the second movement of Prokofiev's Scythian Suite
Two Part Invention In D Minor, arrangement of Bach's keyboard work BWV775

Posted on 23 Jan 2014 01:10:30 GMT
T. Franklin says:
and of course Fanfare For The Common Man arranged from Copland

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2014 01:59:40 GMT
I was a 7 year old child when I first heard the Wombles' Minuetto Allegretto - about 2 years after it was released. I remember being utterly amazed by it and felt that whoever wrote it was giving a musical gift to children, instead of 'dumbing down' children's music. There was no classical music or instruments in our house but I certainly recognised the music as being in the classical style. Years later, I was so disappointed to find that Mike Batt (or whoever Mr Wombles was) didn't write it.

Posted on 23 Jan 2014 05:43:21 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Jan 2014 05:43:52 GMT
Val H. says:
Okay, here's another list. All painstakingly extracted from my own collection (yes, I know, I have very boring tastes):

Pardon Me, Mrs.Carmen - Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra (Georges Bizet)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TLkBp-MCC4

World In Union - Shirley Bassey (Gustav Holst)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbefqyNl0II

The Theme from Alfred Hitchcock's TV show is Charles Gounod's Funeral March Of A Marionette
Lots of versions, here's a jazzy one
Funeral March Of A Marionette

Till The End Of Time - Perry Como (Fryderyk Chopin)

So Deep Is The Night - Tony Christie (Fryderyk Chopin)

Once Upon A Time - George Shearing (Edvard Grieg)

Grieg Piano Concerto - Morecambe & Wise (Edvard Grieg)

Adagio - Lara Fabian (based on Tomaso Albinoni)

Nut Rocker - B. Bumble & The Stingers (Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky)

Nutcracker Suite (Part 1) - Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians (Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky)

Saturday Nite at the Duck Pond - The Cougars (Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky)

John O Dreams - Christy Moore (Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky)

and part 2 ....

Posted on 23 Jan 2014 05:45:15 GMT
Val H. says:
Song Of India - Tommy Dorsey (Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov)

Joy To The World - The Supremes (possible based on George Frideric Handel)

Summer Song - Harry Secombe (Antonin Dvorak)

Taken for Granted - Sia (Sergei Prokofiev)

Peter and the Wolf - The Clyde Valley Stompers (Sergei Prokofiev)

Posted on 23 Jan 2014 11:35:39 GMT
Lez Lee says:
The Toys - A Lover's Concerto - J.S. Bach Minuet No.1

Posted on 23 Jan 2014 12:16:34 GMT
Wharf Rat says:
....The Nice.....

America - Leonard Bernstein with a middle eight of Dvorak's New World Symphony
Intermezzo from the Karelia Suite - Jean Sibelius
Brandenburg Concerto No 6 - J.S.Bach
Pathetique Sympony (third movement) - Tchaikovsky

.....much better than ELP!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2014 14:22:07 GMT
i'll tell you what's better than e.l.p..............................everything! :)

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2014 14:42:32 GMT
T. Franklin says:
Wot! even St Winifred's School Choir?! ;-D

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2014 14:58:22 GMT
yup............................................:)

Posted on 23 Jan 2014 15:04:23 GMT
Huck Flynn says:
was Morcheeba's The Sea based on Debussy ?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2014 15:31:13 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Jan 2014 15:31:55 GMT
Wharf Rat says:
Had a look in the vaults Huck,written by P.Godfrey,R.Godfrey and
S.Edwards no reference related to Debussy.

Edit: good album tho'

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2014 15:57:44 GMT
Nugent Dirt says:
Dont hear it myself Huck. I'm pretty familiar with much of Debussy and said Morcheeba toon is one of my all time faves.
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