Comments: If I Were A Rich Man

A couple things which nudged me into more interest in classical music were the intros used by Yes and Styx.

Yes used the closing movement of Stravinsky's Firebird Suite as an intro before Siberian Khatru.

Styx put Bach's Little Fugue in Gmin on side 2 of Styx II, before "Father".

Sure, back in grade school, we had the whole Peter and the Wolf thing, but Mrs. Moltman, despite being a sweet young thang, wasn't as influential as Rick Wakeman (who quoted Grieg, among others).

Posted by jed at January 1, 2007 10:06 PM

For me it was school. I played violin for about 4 years & when I moved on to college classical was the basis for the theory that was being taught. But you throw in the prog rock stuff I was listening to like Triumph (Rick Emmet usually included a classical guitar piece on each album) , the metal (like Ozzie & Yngwie & later on Tesla to name but a very few) & I'd have gotten pulled into it one way or the other.

Show tunes though - first dance band I was in was run by a damn near genius. He condensed Jesus Christ; Superstar into a 45 minute set & had a tendency to use non-top 40 segues from one tune into another in our dance sets. So he pointed me towards the theater based music. I'm still not a greta fan of musicals but some I do dig.

But I can see some kids hearing "If I were a rich man" & recognizing it & maybe giving it a chance because they heard the Stefani tune. Or at least saw the vid. :)

Posted by Publicola at January 2, 2007 06:35 AM

Well, show tunes are a real mixed bag. There's such a range, from Gershwin, to Rogers and Hammerstein, to Bernstein, to Weber, etc., you can find some real gems, as well as real stinkers. It doesn't help that there are a lot of really lame performances of them, especially the older ones.

Posted by jed at January 2, 2007 07:38 PM