One of my favorite bits of trivia is knowing that two of the most enduring, pioneering power ballads of the Rock 'n' Roll era, Eric Carmen's All By Myself and Never Gonna Fall In Love Again (both off his eponymous 1976) were built around bona fide classical pieces – Rachmaninoff, to be exact.
Ironic point? Carmen believed that these pieces were in the public domain. As it happened, they weren't, and this was only found out after All By Myself was released, and he had to negotiate with the Rachmaninoff estate afterwards. I know not what the terms of the settlement were, but the song was indeed released and stayed on the market, so obviously there was a win for both sides there.
Still, I think it's pretty cool that so-called "modern music" doesn't mind standing on the shoulders of the giants that came before to create something new, enduring, and memorable.
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