Monday, November 20, 2023

A Fifth of Classical Music #MusicMovesMe

It's the Monday before Thanksgiving in the United States, and it's time for music!

Let's introduce the Music Moves Me bloggers.

We blog about music each Sunday or Monday and if you have music to share with us, you are most welcome to join! (Music Posts Only-meaning at least one music video, please!)   Our head host is Xmas Dolly, and our co-hosts are Cathy from Curious as a Cathy, joined by the knowledgeable Stacy of Stacy Uncorked and yours truly.

Our guest host for this month is none other than Xmas Dolly, and it's a Freedom of Choice week.  We can post any music we want to.

Next week, Xmas Dolly has asked us to share some thankful songs, but I wanted to say this now:  We have a lot to be thankful for today, including having this technology that allows us to share music with each other.  

Today, I'm going to feature several songs that are based on works of classical music, or have been influenced by the styles of various classical composers.. These happen to be from different genres, proving that our love of music is universal.

Note:  I am not a musician, nor a student of classical musical.  I just happen to like this music.

First up - The Toys and their hit "A Lover's Concerto" from 1965, which hit #2 on the Billboard charts.  Here's the story of how the melody originated.  

Procul Harum and A Whiter Shade of Pale, which is better described here if you are interested.

From Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band, A Fifth of Beethoven. This was adapted from the first movement of Beethoven's 5th Symphony. Released in 1976, it was later included on the soundtrack of the movie Saturday Night Fever. 

 But this isn't even the biggest of Beethoven's rock hits.  Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" from his Symphony No. 9 in D Minor has been covered countless times.  I had thought about Miguel Rios and his 1970 "A Song of Joy" but decided on this flash mob performance from 2012 instead.

And that's a soaring wrap!

I wish my United States readers a Happy Thanksgiving come Thursday.  May you spend the day in joy with family, friends, or other good company. 


  1. ...A Whiter Shade of Pale is a favorite of mine.

  2. Great theme and music! Have a boogietastic week, my friend I hope you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving, Alana! ๐Ÿ˜˜

  3. Lover's Concerto is based on Mozart, right? The link brought me to the video page... Good picks!

  4. Great songs. Water Murray was amazing. I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  5. All favourites today. I'm suddenly seeing that my taste in music tends toward the classical. Mind blown!
    P.S. my friends and I once did an impromptu square dance to Ode to Joy on the jukebox in the middle Charlies. Good times!

  6. You chose a very interesting theme. There’s a reason classical music endures. Music speaks to all of us.

  7. Our love of music truly is universal, isn't it? Loved your song choices! :)

  8. Weirdly the first clip doesn't work here. I love flash mobs. Such joyous moments!

  9. Live your theme today! I didn't know the first song was based on a classical piece. I was not into the Disco Beethoven even when it came out but oooh...I love the last one. That Ode to Joy is just pure magic and I hope to see a flash mob one day

  10. Loved your choices. The first three brought me back to my Cambridge days. And that video ewas the first flahmob I ever saw. Happy gobble gobble day.

  11. 90's grunge is still my favorite. Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. Great choices, have a great Thanksgiving.

  13. Fabulous choices and very uplifting... It's brilliant that music brings us all together ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ


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