Saturday, February 5, 2011


There I was playing a new classical piece of music ,  Muzio Cementi's Sonatina in G Major, Opus 5.  I was playing slowly because it was the first time I'd ever played it and I didn't want to butcher it too badly.  But all of a sudden I left the classical world of music and was playing a 60's pop song by Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders, A Groovy Kind of Love.  Somebody in their group or entourage had a training in classical music and knew a good riff when they heard one.  All they did was take the original (the Rondo section of the opus) and slow it down and they had a hit song.
Mac was in the other room while I was playing and asked why I'd switched songs, and I told him I hadn't, it was the same piece, just that someone had borrowed it and we knew the modern version.
This happens a bit when playing classical music, I play something and say, I know that song and sure enough someone has adapted it into a pop song.
Do you think poor old Muzio can collect any royalties?

1 comment:

  1. I remember that song - it's interesting that it has a classical origin. I often hear parts of songs that sound vaguely familiar and this may be the reason why!


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