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Giacomo Puccini:

Classical Music that Turned into Musical Theater

Jonathan Larson, the composer of the musical “Rent,” used the same plot for this musical as Puccini did for La Bohème. Other composers also used classical music when they wrote their Broadway hits. “Kismet” is adapted from compositions by Russian composer Alexander Borodin and “The Song of Norway” uses tunes by Edvard Grieg to tell the story of Grieg’s life.

Music heard in this episode:

Larson: Rent – Seasons of Love
Larson: Rent – La Vie Boheme
Puccini: La Boheme – Musetta’s Waltz
Larson: Rent - The Tango Maureen
Puccini: Girl of the Golden West – Quello che tacete
Webber: Phantom of the Opera – Music of the Night
Borodin: Prince Igor – Polovtsian Dances
Borodin (Adapted by Robert Wright and George Forrest): Kismet: Stranger in Paradise
Borodin: String Quartet #2 – Nocturne
Borodin (Adapted by Robert Wright and George Forrest): Kismet: And This is My Beloved
Grieg (Adapted by Robert Wright and George Forrest): Song of Norway - Legend
Grieg: Piano Concerto
Bizet (Orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett): Carmen Jones: Dat’s Love

More shows about Giacomo Puccini

About Giacomo Puccini
A Brief History of Italian Opera
Bohemian Music

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This Week's Quiz

The Broadway show Kismet uses music from which composer?

 Mozart

 Beethoven

 Mussorgsky

 Borodin

The Broadway show The Song of Norway uses music by which composer?

 Sibelius

 Part

 Grieg

 Chopin

The Phantom of the Opera contains music that sounds like

 Girl of the Golden West

 Cosi fan Tutte

 La Traviata

 Aida

Classics For Kids

Our Shows

Giacomo Puccini:

Classical Music that Turned into Musical Theater

Jonathan Larson, the composer of the musical “Rent,” used the same plot for this musical as Puccini did for La Bohème. Other composers also used classical music when they wrote their Broadway hits. “Kismet” is adapted from compositions by Russian composer Alexander Borodin and “The Song of Norway” uses tunes by Edvard Grieg to tell the story of Grieg’s life.

Music heard in this episode:

Larson: Rent – Seasons of Love
Larson: Rent – La Vie Boheme
Puccini: La Boheme – Musetta’s Waltz
Larson: Rent - The Tango Maureen
Puccini: Girl of the Golden West – Quello che tacete
Webber: Phantom of the Opera – Music of the Night
Borodin: Prince Igor – Polovtsian Dances
Borodin (Adapted by Robert Wright and George Forrest): Kismet: Stranger in Paradise
Borodin: String Quartet #2 – Nocturne
Borodin (Adapted by Robert Wright and George Forrest): Kismet: And This is My Beloved
Grieg (Adapted by Robert Wright and George Forrest): Song of Norway - Legend
Grieg: Piano Concerto
Bizet (Orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett): Carmen Jones: Dat’s Love

More shows about Giacomo Puccini

About Giacomo Puccini
A Brief History of Italian Opera
Bohemian Music

Learn more about Giacomo Puccini

Classics For Kids


This Week's Quiz

The Broadway show Kismet uses music from which composer?

 Mozart

 Beethoven

 Mussorgsky

 Borodin

The Broadway show The Song of Norway uses music by which composer?

 Sibelius

 Part

 Grieg

 Chopin

The Phantom of the Opera contains music that sounds like

 Girl of the Golden West

 Cosi fan Tutte

 La Traviata

 Aida

 

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