Musical coincidences # 351

December 20, 2012

I’d like to thank my friend Michael for sending me this coincidence. Thanks, Michael!

Follow the bouncing chord progression:

Vitamin C – “Friends Forever (Graduation) (2000) (excerpt)

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AlternativA – “Join Us For Christmas” (2005) (excerpt)

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Apart from the second-to-last chord in the AlternativA track, those two tracks are identical in the chord progression department.

But both of those borrowed that chord progression from a piece of classical music. Specifically, this one:

Pachelbel – “Canon in D major (1694-ish) (excerpt)
(Played by I Musici, 1983)

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Incidentally, Pachelbel’s Canon has been appropriated elsewhere in the pop world. It was used by Australian band Klinger for one of their songs, and that was Musical coincidence #319.

Here are the full versions:

Vitamin C – “Friends Forever (Graduation) (2000)

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AlternativA – “Join Us For Christmas” (2005)

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Here’s the full Canon – four minutes and forty-six seconds of gloriousness:

Pachelbel – “Canon in D major (1694-ish)
(Played by I Musici, 1983)

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