This is a bit of a departure for me and I am nervous even mentioning it.
Let me start by standing on more familiar ground.
Did you know that some of the great polyphonic Masses we treasure as Catholics, spectacular works of sacred music and of true devotion, were sometimes based on purely secular melodies? These were called “parody Masses”. A good example would be the beautiful Missa L’homme armé super voces musicales by Josquin des Prez (whose name, for those of you in Fridley, is not pronounced “hose queen dez prez”).
In that spirit, a wag wrote a rather nice little fugue – nice, nothing special – taking his cues from a vile song/video “Bad Romance” by the vile Lady Gaga. I won’t post her vile video, but the link is HERE. Blech.
I, not being a devotee of Lady Gaga as you Fishwrap reader-visitors here surely are, I had to find the vile song online in order to get the music joke of the fugue. The video is vile – did I mention vile? – but, happily, you don’t have to endure much of it to get the musical figure for the far better fugue.
I had to write a fugue, once upon a time, back when I was a musician and had to take composition, but that is altogether another kettle of fish gone under the bridge, as Jack Aubrey might put it. I digress.
In any event, I appreciate what this fellow did in construing his little fugue on this fine old organ.
And while we are at it, don’t forget Marc-André Hamelin’s Valse Irritation d’après Nokia:
The Nokia ringtone was inspired by the Francisco Tárrega’s (+1909) Gran Vals. Alas, we know the irritating ringtone only too well.
And, so, dear reader, I will now leave you scratching your heads and continue with my list of things to do.