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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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Waiting Just For You  -  Blackmore’s Night

https://youtu.be/7oRTMouEelE

 

Melody is a variation on Trumpet Voluntary by Jeremiah Clarke. Blackmore acknowledged him with co-writing credits. 

https://youtu.be/bRrss4kBi2M

 

You may recognize this as it is a popular wedding piece, most notably that of Lady Diana and Prince Charles. 

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(1965) - "A Groovy Kind of Love" - written by Carole Bayer Sager and Toni Wine - Music is the Rondo from "Sonatina in G Major Opus 36, No. 5" by Muzio Clementi


First recording(s) in 1965 - Diane & Annita (were Ray Anthony's back up singers)  as" Groovy Kind of Love"-

in Dec. 1965 Mindbenders (Wayne Fontana had walked out so it was just Mindbenders) The Mindbenders one didn't make the charts until early 1966 so some list recorded in 1966.


Whole lot of covers for this. Pic your fav(s). Mine are the Mindbenders and Phil Collins.

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I remember both of them. The Mindbenders version fit the rhythm of the era, but the Phil Collins version is both beautiful and timeless. 

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"All By Myself "- Eric Carmen 

 

Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto (second movement (adagio sostenuto)) and part of another of one his own songs.
He thought the Rachmaninoff piece was public domain. It was from 1901 (not public domain at the time) and had to make a settlement with the Rachmaninoff estate.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0KdR8bKHNQ 

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Here is another based on Pachelbel's "Canon in D"There are probably more out there.

 

"Memories" - Maroon 5 -- Beautiful song about losing loved ones and the memories.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlPhMPnQ58k 

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@Vexed  - I watch a YT channel called David Bennet Piano. He recently gave 21 examples, and said there were plenty more. I heard a new song by Hammerfall just today that uses the chord progression in the chorus with one variation at the end. I think it was Too Old to Die Young. Good song, too.

 

The music industry owes Pachabel a lot of💲💲💲! 😸

 

 

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They sure do @MaVolta . 😸   

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"Hook" - Blues Traveler

 

The melody is Pachelbel's "Canon in D"

 

A fun song about how if your music has a good hook and you are charismatic, then your can say anything in your lyrics and don't have to be meaningful to have your song be liked. He does it with the famous well known melody of Cannon in D, the way he sings (and the lyrics explain in a way). The fun video shows that it works for beauty contestants and politicians. 

Well I liked it. 😊

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdz5kCaCRFM 

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Blackmore's Night - "Darker Shade of Black" -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvvbEZtqu3E 


This is an original composition but like Procol Harum's "Whiter Shade of Pale" - it incorporates Bach's "Air on a G String"


The mandolin, electric guitar and acoustic guitar are done by Blackmore, with Candice on tambourine and a little background vocals and Scarlet Fiddler with violin and fiddle.

 

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And this one, a new release . . ,

 

Bolero (Ravel)  -  Apocalyptica 

https://youtu.be/nyneynhwHBc

 

Generally thought of as a romantic piece as connected to the movie “10”,,, think again! Their arrangement using cellos is brilliant and amazing. I’m a fan!  😸

 

 

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Ya beat me to it @MaVolta . 😊   I am a big fan too. 

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Apocalyptica - In the Hall of the Mountain King (Greig)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zf2aIVKp1OY 

 

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Concerto In Dm (Bach)  -  Allegaeon

 

https://youtu.be/_EtcIrkG8FA

 

 

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Another one from ELP:

 

The Great Gates of Kiev - Emerson, Lake and Palmer

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Swan Lake - Dark Moor 

https://youtu.be/At78w5MUvL8

 

Their take on the Tchaikovsky classic. 

 

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Again not necessarily rock but Fanfare for the common man (Copeland) Woody Herman and The Thundering Herd

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The Hut of Baba Yaga (Mussorgsky) - Emerson, Lake and Palmer

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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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