Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Eric Carmen Does Rachmaninoff--Twice

Carmen
Rachmaninoff                                                                                    
While working through Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2, third movement in orchestra practice, I couldn't help thinking the theme sounded familiar.

And it is! In 1976, Eric Carmen released a song called Never Gonna Fall in Love Again. It has its own Wikipedia entry. The ballad went to number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

What I really didn't realize was that Carmen's big hit the year before, All by Myself, also was based on Rachmaninoff--the Piano Concerto No. 2! Well, it certainly makes sense to have good source material.

Does the Rachmaninoff estate get any royalties?

Click the links and listen for yourself.


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