From Mozart to Madonna.

Well, thank God Antonio Salieri didn’t succeed killing Mozart.

In this crazy and tough world of the music industry where success and originality seems sometimes to be almost impossible, it astonishes me to learn that the ones on top also run out of creativity, or not.

I think that today, pretty much everything has been created. Now we have to use our imagination and skills to recycle, rematch, rearrange and of course reproduce, but very carefully, and without so much nerve.

I can’t think about any example right now, but sometimes I think that we, the audience, benefit a lot from plagiarism in music. Different versions sometimes are much better than the original itself. Also it’s hard to say sometimes who plagiarized who, since ideas can arise at the same time from different places. Of course in the case of John Fogerty we know exactly who it was.



2 responses to “From Mozart to Madonna.

  1. This is a great timeline, Marcelo. Lots here I didn’t know! I think it’s part of a larger article which might be a good source for your paper. Let’s take a look in class and see if we can find it.

  2. In your blog post Marcello, I too am happy that they did not kill Mozart. From Mozart to Madonna, is quite a range in your title and a diversity of musical styles. Whereas, Madonna has spent the better part of three decades carefully reinventing her musical style as a first name recognized talented artist. Not to mention her outlandish costumes worn during her shows as the crowd pulses to the beats that are oh so familiar. The same notes on a page that were used as the same quarter, eighth, and sixteenth notes that the long haired virtuoso Mozart was known to infused his music with passion and flair making it different then and inspiring now. Is there plagiarism in music?
    They call them knock off’s, remakes, rewinds, and of course the ever popular cover tunes. This has been the music industries way of revitalizing and bringing back those oldies but goodies in a more modern ear pleasing fashion that gets the attention of the public and sells, sells, sells. It’s the way of music over the radio and you can preview a type of resurgence on any oldies station listening to for example, “The Fifth of Beethoven” done with a disco beat. Classical music that became danceable. Evita

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