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Borrowed Borodin

One of my favorite musical movies is Kismet. There isn't much of a plot but I enjoy the music, Howard Keel, and Vic Damone.

Imagine my surprise, nay--outrage--when I discovered that most of the melodies were sampled from Russian composer Anton Borodin.

The most famous song from Kismet is Stranger in Paradise. I grew up thinking this was one of the most charming songs in the world. Then I listened to Borodin's Polovotsian Dances from his unfinished opera Prince Igor.

There it was. The second dance is what I thought to be Stranger in Paradise.

Initially I considered it to be a one off. Then I listened to Borodin's String Quartet and there was the theme from Babbles, Bangles, and Beads.

Okay, so Kismet borrowed twice. Then I listened to Borodin's Symphony No. 1. WTF? The last movement was lifted for the song Gesticulate.

The only song I can find that was original in Kismet is Not Since Nineveh.

I guess it's not that big a deal but borrowing almost every single tune and then slapping some English lyrics on them is--I don't know what it is but I was shocked.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFrUsa5SUv0&ob=av2e

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugONFS338is

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One of my favorite musical movies is Kismet. There isn't much of a plot but I enjoy the music, Howard Keel, and Vic Damone.

Imagine my surprise, nay--outrage--when I discovered that most of the melodies were sampled from Russian composer Anton Borodin.

The most famous song from Kismet is Stranger in Paradise. I grew up thinking this was one of the most charming songs in the world. Then I listened to Borodin's Polovotsian Dances from his unfinished opera Prince Igor.

There it was. The second dance is what I thought to be Stranger in Paradise.

Initially I considered it to be a one off. Then I listened to Borodin's String Quartet and there was the theme from Babbles, Bangles, and Beads.

Okay, so Kismet borrowed twice. Then I listened to Borodin's Symphony No. 1. WTF? The last movement was lifted for the song Gesticulate.

The only song I can find that was original in Kismet is Not Since Nineveh.

I guess it's not that big a deal but borrowing almost every single tune and then slapping some English lyrics on them is--I don't know what it is but I was shocked.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFrUsa5SUv0&ob=av2e

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugONFS338is

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Andrew Lloyd Webber borrowed a lot of the big songs for Phantom of the Opera.

music of the night = school days.

And there's another song in there, can't remember the name, that is a minor key version of Some Day My Prince Will Come from Sleeping Beauty.

Nov. 15, 2011

It's tough to find but years ago I went to see Girl of the Golden West by Puccini and was shocked to here a tune that sounded suspiciously like All I Ask of You.

Also, the brass in Masquerade is quite reminiscent of the 2nd act of Turandot.

I know Lloyd Weber was going for an opera-ish sound. I guess he got it!

One I like is the Humming Chorus from Madama Butterfly and Bring Him Home

Nov. 17, 2011

re-inventing the musical wheel for Broadway has a long long history

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Melodia/List_of_popular_songs_based_on_classical_music

the amount of reuse is disturbing

Nov. 16, 2011

A useful link is that! Thanks Nan!

Nov. 17, 2011

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