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Popular music interpreters playing classical music. (Read 1880 times)

Offline lalo57

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Popular music interpreters playing classical music.
« on: December 24, 2014, 04:42:26 AM »
Well, I don't know whether "popular music interpreters" is the right way to say it, but it is certainly a clear one. What I mean is like... Do you know about, for instance, a concert in which Elton John started playing Brahms or one in which Billie Joel played a WTC as an encore? Doesn't necessarily have to be piano music, it's just what came first to my mind.

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Re: Popular music interpreters playing classical music.
«Reply #1 on: December 24, 2014, 05:40:54 PM »


Here are the Clyde Valley Stompers who have improved some Prokofiev.

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Offline Bob

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Re: Popular music interpreters playing classical music.
«Reply #2 on: December 24, 2014, 05:48:20 PM »
Billy Joel wrote some pianos preludes.  Crap though from what I've heard and glanced at myself.  And he "borrowed" Beethoven for a song.

Favorite new teacher quote -- "You found the only possible wrong answer."

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Re: Popular music interpreters playing classical music.
«Reply #3 on: December 24, 2014, 10:17:35 PM »
Well, I don't know whether "popular music interpreters" is the right way to say it, but it is certainly a clear one. What I mean is like... Do you know about, for instance, a concert in which Elton John started playing Brahms or one in which Billie Joel played a WTC as an encore? Doesn't necessarily have to be piano music, it's just what came first to my mind.

There is a progressive electric rock group  called ELP or Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. They dont hide their classical influences.

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Re: Popular music interpreters playing classical music.
«Reply #4 on: December 25, 2014, 05:16:21 PM »
Herbie Hancock the vibraphonist, played Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with a Symphony on PBS television one time.  I didn't record it, it was a jazz great, whoever.  He was quite competent.
I bought ELP's Pictures at an Exhibition CD hoping for some great synth sounds, but I was put off by the playing.  It inspired me to practice the piano piece, and now I can say I play better than Emerson.  On that piece, anyway. 
There was a movement in the forties to popularize great Russian music, and several of the big bands performed with period lyrics written to great tunes of the nineteenth century.  . 

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Re: Popular music interpreters playing classical music.
«Reply #5 on: December 25, 2014, 06:42:13 PM »
Jimmy Page plays Chopin Prelude 28/4 in e minor on electric guitar.
He was in the rock group Led Zeppelin, as most of you probably know.