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    Default Season 120: "Time for some Classical Music"

    There are many songs in popular music that have used themes from classical music for their tunes. That's what this week's challenge is about. There are four aspects to this weeks challenge but they are all about adapting classical music to the ukulele in some form or other.

    The Challenge
    1) Record a popular song based on classical themes*.
    2) Adapt a classical piece to ukulele. (vocal or instrumental)
    3) Write an original song and use a theme from classical music for the tune.
    4) Take an existing set of words (poem or existing song) and set them to music using a theme from classical music.

    * The song should have the classical theme as its main tune. Some of the lists include songs that are "based on" or which just have a riff or short section in an otherwise original tune. These do not qualify. For example "Whiter Shade of Pale" would not qualify as it only includes a few notes from Bach in the intro, though the intro is clearly influenced by "Air on a G String".

    Please state in your entry, the composer and piece of music it's based on.

    Rules
    1) Ukulele must be prominent but your video does not have to show you playing it. Puppets, film clips video effects etc. are fine
    1) All videos should be made specially for this season.
    2) One entry per person. You can post as many bonuses as you like but they should be new recordings. Your first post will be taken as your entry unless you tell me otherwise.
    3) You should state in your entry the classical work & composer on which your entry is based.
    4) Multi tracking etc. OK but ukulele should be prominent in the mix.
    5) No entries before 00:01 Hawaii time, Sunday 1st June. Season ends 24:00 Hawaii time, Sunday 8th. June

    Prizes
    Not fully sorted but they will be classical music CDs.
    * One for the best cover (1 & 2 above)
    * One for best original song/setting (3 & 4 above)
    * One drawn out of a hat.

    Some sites with lists of popular songs based on classical themes:

    Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Me...lassical_music

    Pop Meets the Classics: http://www.allegro.philharmonic.me.uk

    Playlists:

    Covers of songs based on classical music themes

    Original songs or new settings of existing words using classical music themes
    Last edited by Tootler; 06-01-2014 at 09:26 AM. Reason: To add playlists
    Geoff Walker

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    Already know my entry. X3
    Check out my stuff. I promise it's not THAT bad.
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    I am so proud of us. FiL and I guessed this theme from your "Stranger in Paradise" hint over on the Season 118 thread. (With a little help from Wikipedia ... because I did not know that was based on Borodin.)

    It's a brilliant theme, Geoff! Going to be lots of fun. Dick Adcock will probably be kicking himself for doing that train restroom song last week.

    I love all four challenges ... want to do them all!

    LOVE IT!!!!!
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    Don't know about Classical...but I certainly have gas ....whacka whacka whacka.......




    will you stop whackaking me ..thank you !! Gee Mr Tootler can be a grumpy bunny .....lol

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    Cool theme Geoff! I'm looking forward to trying something instrumental for a change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CeeJay View Post
    will you stop whackaking me ..thank you !! Gee Mr Tootler can be a grumpy bunny .....lol
    Of course I am. Just ask my wife

    Quote Originally Posted by librainian View Post
    Cool theme Geoff! I'm looking forward to trying something instrumental for a change.
    That would be great. There's some fantastic classical uke on t'internet.

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    Got so side track looking through ideas I forgot to tell you this is a great theme Geoff. Im really looking forward to trying my hand at an instrumental. I don't do instrumentals you know. This will be a really great theme
    Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.

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    The tune was taken from the main theme of the Maestoso section of Saint-SaŽns' Symphony No.3 in C minor (Symphony with organ)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pabrizzer View Post
    The tune was taken from the main theme of the Maestoso section of Saint-SaŽns' Symphony No.3 in C minor (Symphony with organ)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3rnjNtq9oI
    Pabrizzer: Great opener for season 120. Instrumental and vocal were excellent. Playing it through on the uke, then the recorder before singing was a lovely idea. The recorder and your uke go really well together.
    Geoff Walker

    I have several ukuleles in various sizes and am not planning on getting any more...

    at least, not yet.

    I also play some blowy things and a squeezy thing

    Internet:
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    Default Insensatez

    I did this Jobim/Chopin song back when Tina hosted a season, but I really love this song, and Geoffís theme gives me a chance to try it on my latest homemade uke #13, this time with low-g. Thanks, Geoff.


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