Curator Melissa Wolfe talks about the inspiration we can all take away from the Columbus Museum of Arts newest exhibition showcasing the work of home town hero George Bellows. George Bellows and the American Experience through January 4, 2014. This exhibition follows on the heels of a major retrospective of the artist organized by the [...]
This Melody Is No Stranger (In Paradise)
Most of us have heard the Polovtsian Dances from Alexander Borodin’s operaÂ Prince Igor, but I daresay, most of us haven’t seen then. One of classical music’s most recognizable melodies is contained in these dances. Probably best remembered is the songÂ Stranger in Paradise, adapted in 1953 by Robert Wright and George Forrest.
However, the popularity of Borodin’s familiar tune did not end there.Â Tony Bennett, George Shearing, Wes Montgomery, The Supremes, and Sarah Brightman have all recorded versions of this classic.Â It has also shown up in video gameÂ melodies, ringtones, Anime, etc…
WatchÂ Mikhail Fokine’s choreography of Polovtsian Dances performed by the Kirov Ballet conducted by Valery Gergiev.
It just goes to show you…no great melody goes un-borrowed.