User:Melodia/List of popular songs based on classical music

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This is a list of examples of popular songs that are arrangements of, or otherwise make use of, works of classical music.

Tags used below
[I] instrumental pieces
[i] quasi-instrumental pieces including non-lyrics voice samples

The practice of adapting classcal compositions is associated with various popular genres, including Tin Pan Alley, progressive rock, and heavy metal.

1890s[edit]

  • (1891) "O Promise Me" by Reginald DeKoven & Smith, from the musical Robin Hood -- based on Musica proibita, the name popularly given to an aria in the 1888 Italian opera Mala Pasqua by Stanislao Gastaldon.

1910s[edit]

1920s[edit]

1930s[edit]

  • (1930) "In an Eighteenth-Century Drawing Room" by Raymond Scott - based on Mozart's Piano Sonata, K. 545
  • (1937) "Song of India", arr. Tommy Dorsey - based on "The Song of the Indian Guest" from Rimsky-Korsakov's Sadko.
  • (1938) "My Reverie" by Larry Clinton - based on Debussy's Rêverie
  • (1939) "The Lamp is Low" - Peter DeRose and Bert Shefter - based on Maurice Ravel's Pavane pour une infante défunte
  • (1939) "Our Love" - (lyrics by Buddy Bernier and Bob Emmerich) was adapted by bandleader Larry Clinton from the main theme of the overture to "Romeo and Juliet" by Tchaikovsky, and recorded by Clinton and by Jimmy Dorsey.
  • (1939) "Moon Love" by Mack David, Mack Davis and Andre Kostelanetz based on the theme for French horn in the second movement of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, recorded by Sinatra in 1939 with Harry James Orchestra and again in 1966 on the album Moonlight Sinatra

1940s[edit]

1950s[edit]

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

2000s[edit]

2010s[edit]

  • (2012) "Ti penso e cambia il mondo" by Adriano Celentano, based on Chopin's Prelude Op. 28 No. 20
  • (2012) "Ill Manors" by Plan B samples "Alles Neu" by Peter Fox (2007) including the motif from Shostakovich Symphony No. 7

See also[edit]

  • Sweetbox - a band performing mostly classical-based covers

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