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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000069.txt from 1999/01

Subj: Re: [kl] re:Beethoven Ode to Joy
Date: Sun, 3 Jan 1999 17:55:44 -0500

In a message dated 1/3/99 12:00:28 PM Central Standard Time,

<< Well, I could put joyful text to the Dies Irae, but it still is the Dies
Irae. So can the original tune be separated from the original text, and
still be what the composer intended? My answer is - no. Plagiaristic to
me..... >>

Well, I don't think you could successfully wed a joyful text to the Dies Irae
- too readily associated with its original text, and the mood of the music
absolutely wouldn't fit. But this kind of thing is done with hymn tunes and
texts all the time - there are several hymn texts associated with "Hymn to
Joy," as a matter of fact. And what about "My Country 'Tis of Thee" vs. "God
Save the Queen?" That works because they're both solemn, patriotic texts.
Just to be obnoxious, though, did you know you can interchange the tunes and
texts for "Amazing Grace," "House of the Rising Sun," and the theme song to
"Gilligan's Island?" Try it!

Sue Schwaegler

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