Musicians from all around the world have been getting inspired by classical pieces for a very long time. But some musicians out there find themselves in hot water when they cross the line of sampling and move on to directly copying the tune. You should know that whenever modern-day Pop culture starts copying stuff from the classical era, it is usually more flattery than fine in most cases.
This is one of the main reasons why there are numerous songs where the main melody has been borrowed from the classical pieces, and this is what we are going to discuss in this blog post.
A Whiter Shade of Batch
A Whiter Shade of Batch is one of the first songs on our list, and there is a particular reason behind it. We are not 100% sure whether the lyrics of this song have been used for describing the raucous night of the town during the Summer of Love. Still, the one thing that we are entirely sure of is the melody used in this song is simply a sample of an old classical tune that goes by the name of Air by Bach. The original song Air belongs to the Orchestral Suite of Bach, and when you listen to both the songs side by side, you will come to know the similarity.
Always Chasing Chopin
This is another song that might be very much famous, but it has its root dug into the old and popular classical music. The performance of the viral VaudeVille tune ‘I am always changing Rainbows from the movie Ziegfeld Girl’ might enlighten many old memories for you. Still, you should also know that the melody is from ‘Fantaisie-Impromptu’ from Frederic Chopin.
All By MY C Minor
If you liked ballads and the songs that came out in the late 70s, you must be aware of the famous ballad ‘All By Myself’ from Eric Carmen. But the main thing that will surprise you is even this masterpiece has been borrowed from Sergei Rachmaninoff. If you pay close attention to the second movement of Rachmaninoff’s song ‘Piano Concerto No.2 in C Minor’, then you will come to know about the sampling of this precious stuff in ‘All By Myself.’
This might leave you dumbfounded, but you need to know that even the self-made and famous country boy John Denver could not keep himself from getting inspired by popular classical music. If you listen to the first five notes of the second movement of Tchaikovsky’s song ‘Fifth Symphony’ in Denver’s romantic ballad to his wife ‘Annie’s Song.’
Bach is for Lovers
The Toys was one of the most popular girl group bands, and they used to have a number on hit ‘A Lover’s Concerto,’ which is Bach’s ‘Minuet in G.’ When you first listen to this masterpiece, it will become an earworm for you that will never leave. We can at least say that it is Bach’s inspired earworm.
There is no denial in the fact that classical music is full of surprise, and that’s why our love for classical will never die as good music always comes out on an immortal stage.