Joined: Mar. 2008
||Posted: Feb. 25 2020, 20:15
|Quote (Ommagest @ Feb. 25 2020, 18:03)|
|A bit of both. There's the influence of Bert Jansch on the guitars and also the folk rock thumping bass of Steeleye Span and Lindisfarne. Oldfield also arranges tunes in a style akin to Vaughan Williams and Delius. They both took folk tunes and arranged them for orchestras, using all the instruments to full effect with artful arrangements. There is also a section of Amorak that quotes Delius, not that I can remember which bit off the top of my head. I'll have to go and investigate.|
Can you provide a name of a few of the folk songs? Someone on this forum once told me that Mike's "Sunset" and also the final music from Maestro are based on a melody from Sibelius's 2nd symphony, but I can't really see any resemblance. To me it's a bit like saying chalk is like cheese, because they're both made out of atoms.
As for Delius, if Mike can turn that dull as ditchwater composer's output into something good my respect for Mike goes even higher! About the only thing I like about Delius is the title of some of his pieces, eg, "A Song of the High Hills", "Sea Drift", "Songs of Sunset", "The Stagger to the Paradise Garden", etc.
I don't think much of Vaughan Williams' songs either, although it was funny that he was forced into setting Blake's awful poem "Little Lamb", which he correctly labelled as that "beastly little lamb"
I like some of Schubert's songs, also Beethoven's "Mailied" and a few others. And his setting of Burns' "Once More I Hail Thee" is little known but great. In the unlikely event you don't know it, (or "Mailied"), here are links to them (I own the particular LP that this version of Mailied is from). Enjoy the slooshy: