Song of the day: "Sonata in D"

December 5, 2011

I don’t know if you like classical music, but I love it.

I know I don’t usually pester you with classical music here because, well, because this is an Australian power pop blog. However, I had a tune pop into my head – or more accurately, a succession of tunes pop into my head, all belonging to a piece of music written in the 19th century – and I wanted to play it to you. I’m feeling brave, courageous, emboldened, with nerves of steel etc. (What is the correct word to describe somebody with a power pop blog who wants to play classical music to people who don’t want to hear classical music?)

When I first started listening to classical music (t’was many a year ago, you whippersnapper) – I mean proper, full pieces, not just the bits you hear in cartoons, movies, and TV ads* – it was with music written for the classical guitar. And from then it developed into a whole heap of other music composed a long, long time ago. (Although I do listen to 20th-century classical music as well.)

Anyway, I’m really in the mood to play you this. If you’re bothered by a complete lack of distorted guitars, vocals, drums, and electric bass, then just focus on the tunes. There are plenty there to enjoy. (The composer crams an amazing amount of excellent tunes into three-and-a-bit minutes.)

Mateo Albéniz (1755-1831) – “Sonata in D” (John Williams, guitar)

(Not John Williams)

If that wasn’t too horrible, may I also suggest this:

Traditional (Catalan folksong) – “El Noy de la Mare” (John Williams, guitar)

(Also not John Williams)

(*I loathe bits of classical music being used to advertise things.)

Musical coincidences # 85

February 21, 2011

I’m happy to admit that, despite thinking myself terribly clever for noticing this coincidence, someone else noticed it way before I did.

My (not particularly interesting) part of the coincidence-spotting saga is when I was wandering around the house, humming the theme to Born Free. As I was humming merrily away, adding variations to it, slowing it down, extemporising etc – all the things I do to a basic tune once I’ve had enough of it and want a bit of variety – I started humming it a bit faster. So there I was, humming the theme from Born Free a little faster than usual (you’ll be relieved to know that no-one else was in the house at the time, listening to me humming), and it suddenly dawned on me at that speed its main tune resembled the main tune of the Star Wars theme. “You beauty!” I thought to myself, “I’ve found a ripper of a coincidence. And I don’t think anyone anywhere has ever mentioned it. But I’ll double-check anyway.”

I’m glad I did, because I found this…

Roger Williams – “Born Free / Star Wars (2000)


…which explains everything.

And I found it on the Star Wars Music blog. Thank you, Star Wars Music blog. Thank you, Internet.

Here are (some of) the full versions:

Roger Williams – “Born Free (1966)


Matt Monro – “Born Free (1966)


John Barry – “Theme from Born Free” (1966)


Andy Williams – “Born Free (1967)


John Williams – “Star Wars – Main Title” (1999)


Roger Williams official website

Andy Williams official website

John “I wrote the Star Wars theme” Williams official website