Recycling Classical Music For Earth Day

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Who was the most ‘green’ composer? Verdi? OK, a good suggestion, but not where I’m going. My vote would be Vivaldi. It has been said that Vivaldi didn’t write a thousand pieces...he wrote the same piece a thousand times. As Earth Day approaches, our minds are turning to those who were great at RECYCLING. You might call it stealing, borrowing, appropriating, arranging, an accident or (you who are more generous) might call it the use of homage, but we like recycling.

Copland, Dvorak and countless others recycled folk tunes.

Brahms, Haydn, Mahler and Stephen Sondheim, et al, recycled the Dies Irae from the 13th Century.

Elvis recycled ‘O Sole Mio’ into “It’s Now or Never.”

Pop Singer Eric Carmen recycled Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto for the melody for “All By Myself.”

Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances were recycled into “Strangers in Paradise” in the Broadway musical Kismet.

John Williams recycles everybody.

And Gershwin recycled himself.

OK, now you? What recycled classical music comes to your mind? Give us your suggestion then tune in on Earth Day to hear the pieces.