18th/19th/20th/21st century versions of remixing the same Paganini theme

30 11 2009

These days, there are a lot of remixes and mashups of popular songs out there. Hypemachine is filled with these kinds of adaptations of existing music to new forms and formats. It’s great; I love the stuff. Most of the music I’ve been listening to recently is remixes. In fact, it’s one of the ways I’ve been discovering different kinds of music.

But the idea that it’s new is way off. I thought I’d tell a similar story from the 19th and 20th centuries with a theme by Paganini, which was later interpreted by Liszt, Brahms, Rachmaninov and Lutoslawski. Liszt and Brahms are early Romantic-era composers, Rachmaninov is a late Romantic composer flush with all of that era’s intensity of emotion and lyricism, and Lutoslawski is a much more modern composer, and it shows. And don’t miss the electronic dance version at the end!

It’s fascinating to watch how the different composers take and then reinterpret the same theme. Here are the tracks for your listening pleasure. I’d love to hear what you think!

The original Paganini violin piece:

Liszt:

Brahms:

Rachmaninov:

Lutoslawski:

or in mp3 form: http://www.mediafire.com/?mdyytmydm1j

And if you want to hear a pretty sweet remixed electronic take on the same thing, check this track by Hot Pink Delorean out. It’s pretty sweet!

http://www.mediafire.com/?eaexzynwezo

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