Bopping with Niall JP O'Leary

Niall O'Leary insists on sharing his hare-brained notions and hysterical emotions. Personal obsessions with cinema, literature, food and alcohol feature regularly.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Bach to Basics

I was listening to Bach's 'St Matthew's Passion' when I suddenly remembered hearing what I was hearing sung by Paul Simon. Sure enough his 'American Tune' isn't so American after all, but uses that chorale I was hearing as its melodic basis. As it happens, Bach didn't compose it either; apparently it was originally a melody by one Hans Hassler. Another addition to the classical pop song canon.



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