Here are some popular songs & admusic that are based on Tchaikovsky's
music. "Here" from the Pas de Deux in the Nutcracker, first made popular by
Tony Martin. Lyrics start out "Here, in this enchanted place. Here, enclosed
in your embrace."
"Our Love" is from Romeo & Juliet. A slow movement from Fifth Symphony
was the music for the "Colorizer Paints" commercial. "Moon Love" is from
Sixth Symphony. Sinatra sang a version of this in the 1940s.
I believe "Moon Love" derives from the Andante Cantabile of the Fifth
Symphony but the second theme from the Sixth Symphony was rendered into
"This is the story of a stormy night"....both sung by Frank Sinatra,,,also
"Tonight we love" as arranged by Tony Martin is based on the opening theme
from the first Piano Concerto...
User:Melodia/List of popular songs based on classical music - Wikipedia, the
Here is a fairly comprehensive list of popular songs based on classical
music...surprising how large the list is....
Actually the Sinatra song was called “This is the story of a starry
night”. Disney used several Tchaikovsky moments in his “Sleeping Beauty”
Peerce - The Story Of A Starry Night (1964) - YouTube
Your were right Joseph ....and here it is as sung by Jan Peerce...and you
know its not that bad...I heard it sung only once in a movie long
ago...based on the Sixth Symphony...
Martin - Tonight We Love (1941) - YouTube
As based on the First Piano Concerto.....
Once Upon a Dream -
Sleeping Beauty (1959) - YouTube
A scene from Disney's Sleeping Beauty featuring the song based on the
Valse Lente.....as I remember the movie it contained very little of
Tchaikovsky's music beyond this bit...
Frank Sinatra - Moon Love
Based on the Fifth Symphony....
HERE (sung by Tony Martin) 1954 - YouTube
Regretably Max I could not see the connection between Tony Martin's
"Here" and the pas de deux from The Nutcracker....nor are there any credits
in that regard...there is a vague downward thrust of the main melody but it
doesn't resemble the Tchaikovsky....a bit of a stretch...maybe you have some
more info on this...
Our Love [from Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet] | Ted Heath Song - Yahoo!
I was able to find this as an instrumental arranged for dance
band....fine job too....
The Story of a Starry Night, Moon Love and Tonight We Love come over as
good popular songs arrangements....do not distort the music too much....
Well that's it for now...its been an interesting adventure....I wonder
how many more are out there....remember a version of a song based the Valse
of the Serenade for Strings as well....
Regarding "Our Love' you might want to go to Rhapsody to hear it..a fine
website for classical music....you can get 25 free songs or movements a
If you go to You Tube and check out "Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker Suite
(Overture)" you will find a delightful jazz interpretation of the Nutcracker
Suite....in eight separate videos.....if you are adventurous and want to get
a fresh new take on this old favorite...it is inventive, creative and
It was first released in 1960....here is the Steve Schwartz review from
1998..as it appeared in CD Review....I hope our readers will find this of
"...I dont think you will be dissapointed, Ellington-Strayhorn
recompose substantially, altering Tchaikovsky more than Stravinsky did
Pergolesi for the Pulcinella ballet, and the work becomes more theirs than
the Russian's. They don't just put a jazz beat behind Tchaikovsky's
ballet, although I don't mean to imply that the jazz rhythms they come up
with are routine. In transmogrifying Tchaikovsky to something idiomatic to
jazz, they extend Tchaikovsky's basic ideas and harmonies in new and
Gunther Schuller mused rather wistfully about the benefits of classical
musicians looking hard at an Ellington score. For him, there were leaps of
high imagination on every page. In Ellington's Nutcracker, they seem to
come in just about every measure. I consider this one of the great
American scores, and you'll probably never hear it at your local symphony.
Ellington gave new titles to the movements and rearranged their order,
justified, I believe, by the new character of the music. The sequence in
the Ellington-Strayhorn Nutcracker runs:
- Toot Toot Tootie Toot (Dance of the Mirlitons, or Reed-Pipes)
- Peanut Brittle Brigade (March)
- Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy)
- The Volga Vouty (Russian Dance)
- Chinoiserie (Chinese Dance)
- Danse of the Floreadores (Waltz of the Flowers)
- Arabesque Cookie (Arabian Dance)
The "Overture" transforms the miniature delicacy of the original to an
easy lope, with some unusual syncopated counterpoint. "Toot Toot Tootie
Toot" (originally titled "Caliopatootie toot toot tootie Toot") begins
with some absolutely brilliant writing for solo winds and finger cymbals,
none of which comes from Tchaikovsky. When the Tchaikovsky theme appears,
Ellington-Strayhorn throw in extra tasty dissonances and genuine
counterpoint, taking off from jazz voicings. Ellington's Sugar-Plum Fairy
prowls through the night on the arm of a deliciously insinuating sax solo
from Harry Carney. The "Entr'acte" plays with overture once again, this
time allowing soloists greater opportunity for display. This might be an
earlier draft of the overture, too good to throw away. "The Volga Vouty"
stands out for the color Ellington-Strayhorn coax from all sorts of mutes.
"Peanut Brittle Brigade" sizzles as a driving big-band number, with skirls
of parallel chords from the saxophones, on the money rhythmically and
pitch-wise, and a powerful baritone sax solo from Paul Gonsalves....
At "Chinoiserie," Ellington and Strayhorn turn in a brilliant
orchestration of solo saxes, plucked chords from the bass, and a delicate
percussion seasoning from drummer Sam Woodyard. This wind writing is so
spectacular as to be out of most classical composers' reach. "Danse of the
Floreadores" turns the lush string writing of Tchaikovsky's "Waltz of the
Flowers" into a kaleidoscopic exploration of various wind and brass
combos. The finale, in the Ellington-Tizol "Caravan" vein, boasts the reed
and brass sections taking long phrases in apparently one huge breath and a
fantastic solo from sax great Johnny Hodges. In all, one of the
outstanding examples in all music of one great composer rethinking and
You missed one out, AL...
B.BUMBLE AND THE STINGERS - NUT ROCKER (U.K.No1.1962)
I remember jiving to it. Everybody loved it. I still do.
Grayson in 'Waltz Serenade' (from "Anchors Aweigh" - 1945) - YouTube
Here is a lovely rendering of a song based on the Waltz from the Serenade
for Strings...as sung by Kathryn Grayson...there was another rendering of a
song based on this Waltz in the movie..."In The Good Old
Summertime"....another gem with Van Johnson and Judy Garland...from 1949....