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Giacomo Puccini

Classical Music that Turned into Musical Theater

Jonathan Larson, the composer of the musical “Rent,” used the same plot for this musical as Puccini did for La Bohème. Other composers also used classical music when they wrote their Broadway hits. “Kismet” is adapted from compositions by Russian composer Alexander Borodin and “The Song of Norway” uses tunes by Edvard Grieg to tell the story of Grieg’s life.

Track list:
Larson: Rent – Seasons of Love
Larson: Rent – La Vie Boheme
Puccini: La Boheme – Musetta’s Waltz
Larson: Rent - The Tango Maureen
Puccini: Girl of the Golden West – Quello che tacete
Webber: Phantom of the Opera – Music of the Night
Borodin: Prince Igor – Polovtsian Dances
Borodin (Adapted by Robert Wright and George Forrest): Kismet: Stranger in Paradise
Borodin: String Quartet #2 – Nocturne
Borodin (Adapted by Robert Wright and George Forrest): Kismet: And This is My Beloved
Grieg (Adapted by Robert Wright and George Forrest): Song of Norway - Legend
Grieg: Piano Concerto
Bizet (Orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett): Carmen Jones: Dat’s Love

Classics for Kids Quiz

1. The Broadway show Kismet uses music from which composer?

Mozart

Beethoven

Mussorgsky

Borodin


2.The Broadway show The Song of Norway uses music by which composer?

Sibelius

Part

Grieg

Chopin


3. The Phantom of the Opera contains music that sounds like

Girl of the Golden West

Cosi fan Tutte

La Traviata

Aida


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