Is there anything ‘original’?

As a change from the incessant political topics which now permeate the media and blogsphere, I pose the question incorporated in the heading to this article where music is concerned.

Those of us, of a ‘certain age’ well remember the film The Thomas Crown Affair; and from that film the song: The Windmills of your  Mind.

Back in the days when I ‘Wittered from Witney’ I wrote about how one tune, or a combination of tunes could – and did- lead to another (unfortunately due to time two of the links may be broken).

From Wikipedia we learn that The Windmills of Your Mind is a song with music by French composer Michel Le Grand and English lyrics written by Americans Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman. The melody was adopted from the first two opening measures of Mozart’s Second movement of his Symphonie Concertante; composed in 1779.

Then in 1823 Franz Schubert wrote a piano piece entitled: Auf dem wasser zu singen; which Franz List later transcribed.

While the link to Mozart, to my unmusical ear, seems a tad obscure, there would appear a definite similarity twixt the Liszt transcription and of that Le Grand; in which respect it is suggested that you skip the Mozart link and move from the film soundtrack straight to the Liszt transcription.

What say you, dear reader?




3 thoughts on “Is there anything ‘original’?

  1. That’s odd, because at first hearing I could not connect Yuga Wang’s playing of the transcriptions, yet I connected straight away with the Mozart piece – at least from the beginning, after which it got lost to my untrained ear. Then on listening again to Yuga Wang I caught the subtle notes almost hidden that made a direct connection. But even so, such a piece is almost over-complex in comparison to the sweet melancholy simplicity of ‘Windmills’, one of my all time favourite songs along with ‘Nature Boy’ and ‘Golden Brown’. But what is original? Does it have to be original, or simply that it moves you to joy or sadness such as Barber’s Addagio for strings; Elgar’s Nimrod; Debussy’s Clair de Lune; Gregorian Chants; or Sean nós singing.

  2. The rule in jazz is if you hear something you like take it, not just a part of it but the whole thing!

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