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Which Intro Material was Classically influenced?


Well this could make for discussion in lots of directions, but I'm specifically interested in two songs:

"Prelude: Happiness" (right before "I'm So Glad" ) on the Shades album, and

"Exposition" (right before "We Can Work It Out" ) on the Tallie' album.

If anyone knows the name of the classical pieces that inspired those two songs, I'd like to know....THANKS!!!

Oh, and also the intro to "Pictures of Home".

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Re: Which Intro Material was Classically influenced?


 This stuff does make for a great conversation, John! But to answer your specific questions:

"Prelude:Happiness" is from Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scherazade Opus #35 Symphonic Suite, 4th Movement: Festival at Baghdad - The Sea - The Shipwreck"

"Exposition" is based on Tchaikovsky's "Fantasy Overture to Romeo + Juliet"

 Just thought I'd mention that I always loved the "Bolero" style intro to "Hey Joe", which is based on "The Miller's Dance" from the opera "The 3 Cornered Hat" by Manuel de Falla. Lord's keyboard work in this song is probably the #1 reason that it stands head + shoulders above every other version done - by anyone. Yes, that includes Mr. Hendrix, too. Blackmore's guitar work on the track is stellar, too. And the frightening part is that Blackmore probably could've done far better given more time to record his bits! emoticon

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Thank you so much for the info!!!!!

Stellar that you knew exact opuses and everything.

Now where to ask for this stuff by name in a music store...that's the tricky part.

And ahhh yess! I forgot to ask about "Hey Joe".

I love the middle eastern (harmonic minor) scale work that RB and JL do there. I think it is the number one reason I really put SHADES OF DP up there with the best of them.

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The solo part in Highway Star is inspired by Bach...according to Jon Lord on the MH documentary.But that's not an intro...sorry emoticon

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The opening funereal part of "Exposition", in A minor, where the guitar takes the lead, is from Beethoven's 7th Symphony (the second movement, Allegretto).

I remember, about 30 years ago, seeing a documentary about a yachtsman and the Beethoven piece was used to great dramatic effect. At the time I just thought it was pretty cool to orchestrate such a DP piece!

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quote:

purpletemple wrote:

The solo part in Highway Star is inspired by Bach...according to Jon Lord on the MH documentary.But that's not an intro...sorry emoticon



Mozart, not Bach as I recall. If you mean the guitar solo, that is.
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in the MH anniversary edition booklet, there's a Blackmore quote about his solo in HS:
"I like classical chord progressions, like in the solo, that's a Bach progression."
And the HS solo sounds more like Bach than like Mozart in my ears (though I don't know much about classical music).
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