Mammal’s Merry Memories: Two classics updated

It’s a bright and sunny Saturday morning, a good day to take the time machine for a spin. We’ll pick up two bands from last century — one prog, one hard rock — and take them back to a different century to meet their inspirations.

First we’ll ride back to 1980 and collect Sky, a classic progressive rock band from the UK. Their big-name stars were John Williams, the classical guitarist who gave pop culture the theme music for the first Star Wars movie; and Kevin Peek, an exceptional rock and jazz guitarist. With Sky we’ll go back to 1833 and hear the first public performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. Bach had written it many years previously. Then we’ll return to 1980 to hear Sky’s take on the piece, which they named simply “Toccata”. Got all that?

Now we’ll go forward 15 years to 1995, pick up Ritchie Blackmore and his Rainbow, and journey all the way back to 1875. We’ll be listening to the first performance of Edvard Grieg’s Pier Gynt Suite and, in particular, the movement he called “In the Hall of the Mountain King”. Finally, back to 1995 and Rainbow doing their version, with its named shorted to “Hall of the Mountain King”.

Now really, are you sure you’ve got all that, because I’m lost. In the distance I see thousands of people building the Great Pyramid.




About ChristopherMammal

I've made it to Mammal. I still hope to be classified as Human one day. Meanwhile I have evolved enough to recognise different types of music as well as the shrieks of certain vervet monkeys who are known for their scurrilous behaviour in the proximity of unguarded bananas.

Posted on June 7, 2014, in Mammal's Merry Memories and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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