These Songs Are Not Copied From Classical Music

Author: Tommaso Zillio

Author: Tommaso Zillio

It has become a platitude to say that pop songwriters are not original and that they rip off other music.

I mean, how many songs have been written with the same 4 chords? And these 4 chords happen to be taken from a classical music piece (Pachelbel’s canon).

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Not only that, but recently several videos on YouTube have shown how a lot of top 40 songs are directly copied from classical pieces.

Hard to deny!

So what I’m about to say may come as a surprise.

I don’t think that pop songwriters are copying classical music pieces.

In fact (brace yourself) I think that if you say that pop songwriters copy, then you also have to say that Mozart did not write a single original note in his life. At least if you want to be coherent with your opinions, this conclusion is practically unavoidable.

(Yes, I just compared pop songwriters to Mozart…)

You see, reality tends to be more nuanced (and interesting) than soundbites like “pop composers rip off other music”.

So I’d like to tell you what’s going on and why some pop songs sound like classical music…

… but I can’t in two words. So I made a video with examples where, using a time-honored classical composition method I rewrite a few pop songs.

Then you can decide to do the same or not. But if you don’t know what is going on… then you are condemned to repeat the same music over and over.

Ever happened to you that you composed a song, and you are SURE that you’ve heard it somewhere… but you can’t quite place it?

You will see why this happens in this video:

Have fun! And DO try this at home!

About the Author

Tommaso Zillio is a prog rock guitarist and teacher with a passion for Music Theory applied to Guitar. To know more do not forget to subscribe to his youtube channel.

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