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    I was just listening to Rachmaninov's 2nd piano concerto and realized that E. Carmen's All By Myself is based on it. On second mvmt, to be precise. It was before I read the thread's opening post.
    Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.
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    "I will never fall in love again", with melody from Adagio movement of Rachmaninoff's 2nd Symphony.
    *If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks* -Abba Zeno-

    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

    *Socrates: "My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you are in absolute error. Since this is my opinion, then according to your philosophy you must grant that it is true."

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    Thumbs up "In the Hall of the Mountain King"

    Jason, you were right; The Who performed this song from their album "The Who Sell Out", which I listened to today. Again, thanks for producing such a magnificently researched and composed thread.. White Knight.

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    Three not included on your list (or I just missed them): The Platters' minor hit "Where" (1959), based on the First Movement of Tchaikovsky's Symphony # 6; Jackie Wilson's "Night" (1960), based on the aria "Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix" from the opera Samson and Delilah by Saint-Saens; and Elvis's "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" (1961), which has one of the earliest classical derivations--Martini's "Plaisir d'amour," written in 1784.

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    Great catch! How can one forget James Cromwell dancing to "If I Had Words" in the movie Babe? It was my introduction to the Saint Saens organ symphony.

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    It isn't--but it is very similar to a theme in Siegfried's Funeral March from Wagner's Gotterdammerung. Also, John Williams has ripped off numerous classical pieces, including the ominous, descending, 3-note theme toward the end of Mahler's Symphony #1, which he used in King Kong.

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    Oh, I forgot: Presley's "Love Me Tender," which is note-for-note the Civil War song "Aura Lee."

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    Australian 1970's band Daddy Cool, who were better known for producing retro 1950's style rock, did a semi-proggy track called "Make Your Stash", the melody of which is nicked from the Jupiter movement of The Planets by Gustav Holst.

    Apparently Frank Zappa also used this theme, though not being familiar with Zappa's work I can't confirm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsp View Post
    Oh, I forgot: Presley's "Love Me Tender," which is note-for-note the Civil War song "Aura Lee."
    Also Presley's "Can't Help Falling In Love With You" uses the melody from "Plaisir d'amour"] (1784), by Martini.

    The original was probably the equivalent of a "pop song" in its day.
    Last edited by bob32116; Apr-22-2017 at 01:30.

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    bob32116! You're talking about Daddy Cool and "Make Your Stash",
    saying Frank Zappa also used this theme. I'm not sure.
    I tend to remember Frank singing "they're getting so laid back they're forming a heap".
    But then again, one persons' stash can be someone elses' trash.

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