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ROCK versions of Classical Music

I love rock and I love classical music. There are many rock versions of classical music. Many different bands have done the same piece.

 

So, what are some of your favorites?

 

I have tons, but here are a few.

 

1. Titles to numerous to mention -- Trans-Siberian Orchestra

2. Sabre Dance ( Khachaturian ) --  Dave Edmunds

3. Hall of the Mountain King ( Grieg ) -- Electric Light Orchestra

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Admittedly a stretch but...

 

It's Now Or Never:   Elvis

 

The music is based on the Neapolitan classic "O Sole Mio". Elvis had two American songwriters compose the lyrics for his recording. While not pretending to be Pavarotti, Elvis did a nice job on this record, evolving nicely from his Heartbreak Hotel days.

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Didn't see this on the list yet-Could it be the magic  Barry Manilow adapted from Prelude in C minor  Chopin  28:20

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"Bumble Boogie"  by B. Bumble and the Stingers.  Their version of Rimsy-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumble Bee".

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"Asia Minor"  by Kokomo. His adaptation of a Grieg piano concerto.

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@1968Hoya46  Nice to see your posts again! 😊

 

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Thank-you. Have I missed much?

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@1968Hoya46  We had some interesting topics the past couple of years with many people staying at home. Seems we’ve all tried to entertain ourselves and each other! 

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Not necessarily 'rock' per se, but Sheherazade  Maynard Ferguson

(Rimsky-Korsakov) on the album "New Vintage"1977

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Addendum to The Zappa Entry:

 

Ravel's Bolero - The Jeff Beck Group (1966 'Super Group')

 

Beck's Bolero https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmO0OZC6Ifk 

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"Toccata" - done by Sky

"Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" - by Bach

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgbgUrp1a70 

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Joy  Apollo 100

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Bouree - (Bach) -- Jethro Tull

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some of my favorites off the top of my head:

Hoedown, Fanfare for the Common Man - Emerson, Lake & Palmer (Copeland)

Clair de Lune - Styx (DeBussy)

chorus to This Night - Billy Joel (Beethoven's Pathitique Sonata)

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Ravel’s Bolero - Frank Zappa

 

Maestro Zappa conducting  😸

https://youtu.be/Y2hiDYE5Qdw

 

 

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Songs From The Labyrinth - Sting 

 

This album Features the music of British composer, John Dowland (1563-1626).

 

 

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Also Sprach Zarathustra      Deodato 

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Hall Of The Mountain King  -  Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow

https://youtu.be/eU6pTPn4Lp4

 

Music: Edvard Grieg

Lyrics: Candice Night

 

 

 

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Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 3 - Scatterbrain

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Bridge To Heaven - Uli Jon Roth & Klaus Meine with Orchestra 1995

https://youtu.be/2zxDDDY5rAE

 

Music: Nessun Dorma / Turandot by Puccini

Lyrics: Uli Jon Roth


I’m a fan of Klaus, and I think he is one of greatest singers in rock, but even my jaw dropped when he sang this song set to such a famous aria. Uli Roth is a classically trained musician, known for his Hendrix inspired guitar work with Scorpions in the 70’s. The guitar he plays is one he invented called Sky guitar. He designed it specifically to play notes that are written for violins.

 

 

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JOY by Apollo 100.

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@postman29 - also works for happy music! 

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Cans and Brahms-Yes

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Rock me Amadeus, Falco

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Difficult To Cure - Rainbow with Orchestra

https://youtu.be/8yzvZAtC5h4

 

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony 

 

This was recorded with orchestra in Japan because the Japanese audience was the only one that would stop making noise during the performance. They are very polite. So we have to thank Japan for this!

 

 

 

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Writing On The Wall - Blackmore’s Night

https://youtu.be/_cxpXXYcHO4

 

Borrows heavily from Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky, so much so that Blackmore gave him songwriting credits.

 

 

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A Lover's Concerto:  The Toys

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@BobH07 , I just wanted to add info to this. (I am on a research frenzy 😊 ). Thanks.

 

Minuet in G (Menuett in G-Dur (BWV Anh. 114) - By Chrisian Petzold - originally thought to be Bach.

Adapted as:


"Lover's Concerto" - written by Denny Randell and Sandy Linzer  - covered by many - First release was The Toys .

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Roll Over Beethoven:  ELO

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A fifth of Beethoven, Walter Murphy

Used in  “Saturday Night Fever”

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My favorite band was the New York Rock and Roll Ensemble. The members were all Juilliard trained musicians who incorporated many of Bach's pieces in their albums.

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