Kyping from the Classics

This intrigues me. Ever listen to the classical music station and hear a tune that is all too familliar? Lots of contemporary artists have been ‘inspired’ by classical music. Here’s a few examples.

This Night by Billy Joel. Billy gives credit to Ludwig Von Beethoven in the album notes for helping to write this masterpiece.

Did it sound familiar? K, take a listen: Beethoven’s Pathetique, 2nd movement

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I nailed this one when I was listening to a Rachmaninoff CD of my mom’s. Take a listen to Celine Dion’s cover of Eric Carmen’s 1975 power ballad ‘All By Myself’…

…now lend your ear to the Adagio Sostenuto movement from Rachmaninoff’s concerto 2 in C minor. Yup. Carmen borrowed literally from the Adagio portion and ended up having to settle the situation with Rachmaninoff’s estate.

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Blues Traveler- Hook: This one blew my mind. I’m a fan of both Hook and Pachelbel Cannon, having memorized the rapid bridge in the former, and also having memorized Pachelbel on the piano for a highschool recital. But I never heard the underlying pattern or ‘Hook’ which the song’s title makes reference to. It’s a clever Ode to Pachelbel- but you’ll need sharp ears to hear it.

Here’s the original Pachelbel Cannon in D major if you aren’t familiar with the work.

Bonus: Pachelbel Korean hip-hop version


6 thoughts on “Kyping from the Classics

  1. I sometimes think that there are only 10 original songs and everything else is a rip off of those 10; same for novels and movies. There are only so many ways you can skin a cat (I have no idea why one would want to skin a cat but that’s what they say…see, can’t even come up with an original comment!).

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