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edwinr

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I've been listening to Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concert No. 2 in C Minor, Op 18 'Adagio sosenuto'. I've been racking my brains. That tune is SO familier. Then I got it. It's Eric Carmen's 'All By Myself".

There are many other popular songs based on melodies that have been lifted from the classical composers...
 

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edwinr said:
I've been listening to Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concert No. 2 in C Minor, Op 18 'Adagio sosenuto'. I've been racking my brains. That tune is SO familier. Then I got it. It's Eric Carmen's 'All By Myself".

There are many other popular songs based on melodies that have been lifted from the classical composers...
I think there was a pop ballad from the '40's called "Tonight With Open Arms" that was a direct rip-off of Rachmaninov (Piano Concerto #2.) There are many instances of classical to pop theft (or borrowing.)
 

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Common practice I suspect, i believe even the Beattles did their fair share.
 

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twich54 said:
Common practice I suspect, i believe even the Beattles did their fair share.
Those of us old enough remember the "My Sweet Lord" vs. "He's So Fine" controversy. I believe George had to pay for that one.
 

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twich54 said:
Common practice I suspect, i believe even the Beattles did their fair share.
Baroque and earlier and later composers ripped off each others (and their own) tunes with reckless aplomb. The more things change, the more they remain the same.
 
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