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“Bad Romance”, “All By Myself”… These pop songs drew their inspiration from classical music

1. All By Myself, Celine Dion – Sergei Rachmaninoff

Did you know ? Celine Dion did not create his very famous piece out of the blue All By Myself. First of all, it’s an American song written, composed and performed by Eric Carmen, released in 1975. The latter itself borrows its musical theme from second movement of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2a piece he mistakenly believed to be in the public domain.

It was in 1995 that Celine Dion take this piece and classify it no.1 Hot Adult Contemporary Tracksto Hot Latin Pop Airplay (under the title Sola otra vez), #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 on the Canadian hit Parade and also won a gold record in the United States. This version contains a FA in chest voice, held for 8 seconds, judged “exceptional”. An incredible success achieved thanks to the work of three renowned musicians.

2. Wax doll, sound doll, France Gall – Beethoven

This song performed by France Gall for Eurovision from 1965 was written by Serge Gainsbourg. The singer has never hidden his direct inspiration from classical music: “I love great music. I make little music. Music. A minor art. So I borrow. Several of these pieces or his compositions were therefore made with the help of the greatest musicians of the time.
For this piece sung by the eternal France Gall, The man with the cabbage headwas inspired by fourth movement of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 1. You have to go to 00:28 of the sonata to spot the borrowing.

3. Because, The Beatles – Beethoven

From their latest studio album, Abbey Roadthis sublime piece Because is credited with Paul McCartney as co-author. However, the inspiration would come directly from John Lennon and more precisely of his companion Yoko Ono. She was playing the piano slow movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonatawhich subsequently greatly inspired the singer, thus developing the famous title Because.
To see what else it might look like, Lennon ask Yoko Ono to reverse the arpeggios. Instead of starting from the bass to the treble as does Beethoven, Yoko Ono play them from high to low in the form of descending arpeggios. Lennon keep the same key and the same chords as Beethovenhe combines ascending and descending arpeggios, adds a few notes to the bass: Because was born. George Harrison said of this song: “Paul usually writes the sweetest tunes and John writes the wackiest and weirdest stuff. But we can’t deny it. Because is one of his finest compositions. This might be my favorite song on the album.”.

4. Bad Romance, Lady Gaga – Sebastian Bach

For this piece it is only the first notes of the famous introduction of its title Bad Romance. This is the Fugue in B minor from the Book 1 of Well-Tempered Clavier written by Johann Sebastian Bach.

This title has participated in the immense success of the singer and has been highly rewarded, gold, diamond and platinum in more than ten countries. But will also have finished n°1 all over the world, in about twenty different rankings and this for several weeks. Thus Gaga became the first artist to sell 4 million copies of more than three different singles, in this case Just Dance and Poker Face and Bad Romance.

5. Lady Lynda, The Beach Boys – Johann Sebastian Bach

It is the whole melody of this piece which is certainly inspired by the cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 (more commonly called “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” (or simply “Joy” in English). the introduction of the piece the notes of the piece of Bach resound, thus offering a reinterpretation of this music thanks to the song of the Beach Boys released in 1979 on the album LA (Light Album).

An unquantifiable number of revivals and reinterpretations of classical music exist. However, most artists do not steal these creations, since over the years, these pieces have become free of rights. Indeed, 70 years after the death of the author or 100 years after the music was published. Unpublished music, on the other hand, is not necessarily copyright free.

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