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Fanfare for the Common Man

 

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Classical Music in Pop

What do Frank Sinatra, Blood Sweat and Tears and John Denver have in common? They all used classical music in some of their pieces. After Aaron Copland composed his Fanfare for the Common Man, the piece was also adapted by several popular musicians. Let’s explore some more classical music that made the transition to pop.

Classics for Kids Quiz

1. Copland's “Fanfare for the Common Man” was arranged by Woody Herman in what style?

boogaloo

waltz

march

rap


2.The Toys piece, “Lover’s Concerto,” uses music from

a Beethoven symphony

an etude by Chopin

a minuet by Bach

a waltz by Strauss


3. Which piece was “borrowed” by both Eric Carmen and Frank Sinatra?

Rachmaninoffs Piano Concerto #2

Mozarts Symphony No. 40

Beethovens Pathetique Sonata

Strausss Blue Danube Waltz


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