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Classical music themes 'borrowed' in rock music


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Lady Lynda by The Beach Boys has a borrowed intro.

About half of Emerson Lake & Palmer's output was borrowed from the classical canon (for example their biggest hit, Fanfare For The Common Man, was a classical piece, and there's the Pictures At An Exhibition album based on the Moussorgsky piece of the same name).

Yes have a lot of classical references as well and always open their live shows with a classical piece - Stravinsky's Firebird Suite is a regular favourite.

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Both Elvis Costello ("Accidents Will Happen") and Blues Traveler ("Hook") use the infamous "Canon in D Major" chord progression written by Johann Pachelbel.

A comedy artist named Rob Paravonian has a song titled "Pachelbel" on his American Cheese album in which he compares many "modern" tunes with Pachelbel's Canon.
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