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The Short Version: There's Hommage, and Then There's Oh, Man!

Posted at 1:02 PM on February 24, 2011 by Bill Morelock
Filed under: The Short Version

Awhile back, in the classical world, it seemed as popular as "Six Degrees of . . ." That is, finding references to, gestures toward, downright quotations of classical pieces showing up in film scores and popular music. Flattering for the masters, really, and a sign of good taste on the part of the "samplers." A number of the most famous examples involved scores by John Williams. Not this one.

For your consideration, a theme which, after tryouts on the Castilian high plain, went straight to Broadway.