Richard Nixon composed a piano concerto, and played it live on the Tonight Show in the 60's youtube.com/watch?v=MCsGS…
There's a concerto written for a typewriter soloist with an orchestra youtu.be/jinGW7ZDGPM
In 1947, MGM produced The Cat Concerto and Warner Bros released a similar Bugs Bunny cartoon. Both used identical gags, the same piece by Fransz Liszt, and similar endings. Both MGM and Warner Bros. accused each other of plagiarism, after both films were submitted for Academy Awards ceremony. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
A man born premature with cerebral palsy, was unable to swallow on his own until the age of 1, is blind, was unable to speak or walk until the age of 16, began playing Tchaikovsky's Concerto No.1 on piano in the middle of the night at age 16. He now can play any song after hearing it only once. youtube.com/watch?v=ZWtZA…
There’s a concerto where a typewriter is the solo instrument. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Famous pianist Glenn Gould was once called up to play Beethoven's Concerto No.5 on one day's notice after not having played it four years. He played it flawlessly on live tv from memory. youtu.be/jh8q6CfhjtI
The song 'All By Myself' by Eric Carmen is completely based off Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #2 in C Minor Op. 18 Second Movement from the year 1900 youtube.com/watch?v=yJpJ8…
, All By Myself by Eric Carmen (most famously covered by Celine Dion) is based on a piano concerto by Rachmaninoff. When listening to the the concerto you can hear it is almost identical with the verse of All By Myself. Carmen thought the music was copyright free as it was in the public domain. youtube.com/watch?v=75b0y…
Today I learned about the Compaq Concerto. A tablet computer released in 1993, it featured a touch screen, a detachable keyboard, and a version of Windows 3.1 for pen computing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Aniline dye, p-adic number, pegionhole principle, Cauchy-Schwarz inequality and the immortal Violin Concerto No.2 Op.61 in E minor, along with many mathematical theorems and musical pieces, are all related to one family: Mendelssohn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men…
The song β€œMr. Blue Sky” was the 4th and final part of the β€œConcerto for a Rainy Day” movement of ELO’s seventh album Out of the Blue. The other three songs in the movement are β€œStandin’ in the Rain”, β€œBig Wheels”, and β€œSummer and Lightning”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr.…
The song "Mr. Blue Sky" is actually part of a musical suite of four weather-related songs called "Concerto for a Rainy Day" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out…
When pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli couldn't go through with his performance of Beethoven's 5th piano concerto, Glenn Gould was given a call to replace him the day before. In a few hours, he rehearsed the concerto he hadn't touched in four years and performed it flawlessly. souptonotes.com/glenn-gou…
Today I Learned about Julia Perry. She was an African American composer who received two Guggenheim Fellowships in 1952 and 1954. In 1971, she suffered a stroke, forcing her to learn to write with her left hand. She composed 12 symphonies, two concertos, and three operas blackpast.org/african-ame…
The song "All by Myself" by Eric Carmen it's actually based in Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Opus 18. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
After having performed Mozart's Piano Concerto #23 Russian pianist Maria Yudina was awoken in the middle of the night and told that she was needed for an "emergency" recital. Premier Joseph Stalin heard the performance over the radio and requested a copy, unaware that it was a live performance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The verse of the song 'All By Myself' is based on Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No 2 in C Minor whosampled.com/sample/487…
French composer Maurice Ravel (widely known for "The Bolero") wrote a piano concerto for the left hand for a concert pianist who had lost his right arm in the First World War youtube.com/watch?v=LYJcb…
In a Timpani concerto created by German-Argentinian Composer Mauricio Kagel it requires performer to strike the drum with her head and tear it in the finale. youtube.com/watch?v=d6lWT…
Chinese piano prodigy Lang Lang was motivated to play the piano by the "Tom And Jerry" episode "The Cat Concerto", which contains the piece "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" by Franz Liszt en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
Astronomy data can be compiled to produce sounds and songs that illustrate what space is like for visually impaired individuals. It also enhances and compliments understanding all of the simultaneous data by likening it to the complex arrangements of symphanies and concertos. astrosom.com/index.php
The Mozart Effect is believed to reduce epileptic activity. The only pieces of music known to do this are Mozart's K.448 and Piano Concerto No. 23 and Yanni's Acroyali/Standing in Motion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moz…
The original manuscript for the Brandenburg Concertos was sold for $24 in 1734 after going unused for thirteen years after its creation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
The piccolo trumpet solo in Penny Lane by the Beatles was added because Paul McCartney listened to a performance of J.S. Bach's Second Brandenburg Concerto youtube.com/watch?v=OxO4n…
In 1944 during an artillery bombarment going on right outside, Arthur Rother and a German Orchestra continued recording Beethoven's Fifth Piano Concerto youtube.com/watch?v=EY7lv…
Richard Nixon wrote a piano concerto, and performed it live on the Tonight Show youtu.be/MCsGSMze_6Q
The Four Seasons by Vivaldi have also "lyrics", which are four sonnets, one for each concerto. en.wikisource.org/wiki/Th…
The MP3 compression standard was designed around 3 tracks - Tom's Diner by Suzanne Vega, Fast Car by Tracy Chapman, a Joseph Haydn Trumpet concerto speech.di.uoa.gr/ICMC-SMC…
Alma Deutscher wrote her first sonata at 6, opera at 7, concerto at 9 and her 2nd opera is gonna be premiered on December en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alm…
The song 'Concerto For Philodendron And Pothos' by Mort Garson inspired Koji Kondo for his Zelda's Theme Song in Ocarina of Times youtube.com/watch?v=czuUr…
There was a musical piece by the name of "Concerto for Index Finger" made for comedian Gracie Burns. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Eric Carmen's "All By Myself" is based on the second movement of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.2. youtu.be/leXt4ilaPdA?t=13…
There was musician in the 1980's who would play "sleep concerts" to audiences who would sleep in sleeping bags. He would then awaken them with piano concertos and serve them tea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No 1 was initially considered a flop by his contemporaries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pia…
The inspiration for Vivaldi's Four Seasons violin concerto (dated ~1700) were flowing creeks, singing birds, barking dogs, buzzing mosquitoes, crying shepherds, storms, drunken dancers, silent nights, hunting parties, frozen landscapes, ice-skating children, and warming winter fires. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Mozart had a pet bird that could sing the theme of the last movement of his G Major Piano Concerto en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moz…
19th century pianist and composer Franz Liszt is said to have based the intro to his Piano Concerto No. 1 on the German for "None of you understand this, HAHA" to get back at critics for their dislike of his originality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pia…
JPL Founder John Whiteside Parsons once began a series of rituals based on Enochian magic during which he masturbated onto magical tablets, accompanied by Sergei Prokofiev's Second Violin Concerto and using his own semen and blood for this purpose en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/J…
In an anecdote, Franz Liszt once gave the subtitle "None of you will understand this, haha!" (in German) to his Piano Concerto No. 1 books.google.co.nz/books?…
A recording exists of Rachmaninoff playing his own Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1939, and the tempo is significantly faster than recordings made since then. youtube.com/watch?v=oA0kX…
The song 'All by myself' by Eric Carmen has a verse from Concerto No. 2 in C minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff (Starts around 1:20). He apparently did this often... youtube.com/watch?v=znlUB…
During WW2, the RO Berlin Orchestra with Gieseking performed Beethoven's Emperor Concerto during an artillery bombardment right outside. laughingbone.blogspot.com…
The song from the "Louie Season 3" promo is from the third movement of Piano Concerto No. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff youtube.com/watch?v=Tsqju…
There is a concerto where the soloist plays multiple cell phones youtube.com/watch?v=DrGGx…
Richard Nixon played the piano and composed a concerto. youtube.com/watch?v=MCsGS…
When Benny Goodman called to commission a clarinet concerto, Malcolm Arnold yelled "Sod off!" and hung up. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
Pianist Maria JoΓ£o Pires played a concerto from memory, after the orchestra began playing another Mozart concerto that she had not prepared for youtube.com/watch?v=CJXnY…
Maurice Ravel wrote a concerto for a pianist who lost an arm in World War 1 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pia…

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