Borrowing – not necessarily copying! – happens a lot in pop music, and you might be surprised to learn just how many songs, dance hits and the like indulge in a spot of it from classical sources.
The Borrowers is going to explore those links, from the obvious – and they don’t come much more obvious than Emerson, Lake and Palmer (above) or Yes! – to the much more subtle, which is where the likes of Janet Jackson or Pet Shop Boys come in.
If you’d like a particular piece of music to be put under the microscope, get in touch with some suggestions!
First up is Manfred Mann’s Earth Band with Joybringer – inspired by Holst‘s The Planets, no less.
Following that it might not be a surprise to learn that Pachelbel‘s Canon is responsible for a number of songs, chiefly Village People’s Go West
More recently, Robbie Williams has decided to Party Like A Russian, with the considerable help of the Dance of the Knights from Prokofiev‘s Romeo and Juliet – which will also, for many people, conjure up visions of the BBC’s reality show The Apprentice.
There will be more installments of The Borrowers as the year progresses!