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Deep Purple Classical Quotes

At the request of Trond, I am posting my list so far of Deep Purple/Rainbow/ etc. classical quotes. Those marked with an asterisk (*) have already appeared in either my original larger discography ROCKIN' THE CLASSICS AND CLASSICIZIN' THE ROCK (1985) or its first supplement (1991). The others I include in the second supplement (2000). To save space, I will not give full discographical details here, but my books do give that information. The list so far:


  • "Speed King" COME HELL OR HIGH WATER -- introduction quotes Haydn/String Quartet in C, op.76, #3, mvt.2 (also used for German National Anthem)
  • "Space truckin'" live version -- Jon Lord quotes Holst/The Planets, Jupiter & Dvorak/9th Symphony & other classical (e.g. MADE IN JAPAN, LIVE IN JAPAN); "Space truckin'" on MK3:THE FINAL CONCERTS and on MKII FINAL TRUCKIN' (bootleg) quotes R. Strauss/Also sprach Zarathustra; "Highway Star" live sometimes quotes Holst/The Planets, Jupiter & others
  • "Hard lovin' woman" NOBODY'S PERFECT -- guitar solo quotes Elgar/Pomp and Circumstance, op. 39, no. 1 (Land of Hope and Glory)
  • "Knocking at your back door" live version on NOBODY'S PERFECT -- opening medley includes Beethoven/Fur Elise*
  • "Under the gun" PERFECT STRANGERS -- middle part has 7 measures of Elgar/Pomp and Circumstance, op. 39, no. 1, 2nd theme*
  • "River deep, mountain high" THE BOOK OF TALIESYN -- parts sound like R. Strauss/Also Sprach Zarathustra (especially in intro.)*
  • "Burn" BURN and various other compilations -- Bach in some solos?; main riff is derived from Gershwin's "Fascinatin' Rhythm"*
  • "Anthem" THE BOOK OF TALIESYN -- middle part with organ and string quartet written by Jon Lord and not based on a classical piece.
  • "Rat bat blue" WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE -- Jon Lord keyboard solo based on Bach/ Well-tempered clavier, book I, prelude 10
  • "Highway Star" live sometimes quotes Holst/The Planets, Jupiter & others
  • "Dead or alive" HOUSE OF BLUE LIGHT -- keyboard solo quotes Bach/Goldberg Variations
  • "Wring that neck" DEEP PURPLE IN CONCERT, SCANDINAVIAN NIGHTS, POWERHOUSE, LIVE & RARE, UK version of CONCERTO FOR GROUP & ORCHESTRA (bonus track) -- quotes include Bach/Violin Partita no.3 in E Major, Gavotte en Rondeau and Grieg/Peer Gynt Suite no.1, mvt.1 (Morning Mood) and probably others
  • HUNGARY DAYS (bootleg album) quotes Monti/Czardas
  • "Smoke on the Water" NOBODY'S PERFECT -- quotes Grieg/Peer Gynt Suite, no.1, mvt.4 (In the Hall of the Mountain King); also used on 1991 tour (see A WHITER SHADE OF PURPLE bootleg) and 1993 tour.
  • 1984/85 tour concerts opened with Jon Lord version of Bach/Toccata and Fugue in D minor -- intro. on IN THE ABSENCE OF PINK - KNEBWORTH '85 (which also has a version of "Difficult to Cure" (Beethoven/9th Symphony & quote from Beethoven/Fur Elise)) and "Space truckin'" with classical quotes by Jon Lord
  • "You fool no one" LIVE IN LONDON -- Jon Lord quotes Bach/Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring ; In the second alternate version on MK3:THE FINAL CONCERTS Jon Lord quotes J.S Bach/Toccata and Fugue in D Minor in the opening
  • "Exposition" THE BOOK OF TALIESYN -- quotes Beethoven/Symphony no.7, mvt.2 and Tchaikovsky/Romeo & Juliet Overture
  • "Prelude: Happiness" SHADES OF DEEP PURPLE -- Rimsky-Korsakov/Scheherazade, mvt. 1, introduction and mvt.2.
  • "Hey Joe" SHADES OF DEEP PURPLE -- Introduction quotes Falla/The Three-Cornered Hat, The Miller's Dance (suite no. 2, part 2)
  • "Lazy" MADE IN JAPAN -- Blackmore guitar ending quotes Alfven/Midsommarvarka (Swedish Rhapsody, no.1, op.19); also begins with quote from Benny Goodman's Bach Goes to Town (based on Bach probably)
  • "A200" BURN -- some think that the intro sounds like Holst/The Planets, Mars
  • COME HELL OR HIGH WATER video has the following classical quotes: Beethoven/Fur Elise, Beethoven/9th Symphony, and Mozart/Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
  • "Medley (studio jam) = Noise Abatement Society Tapes" FIREBALL: 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION -- includes Rossini/William Tell Overture quote
  • "When a blind man cries" LIVE AT THE OLYMPIA '96 -- introduction by Jon Lord is Barber/Adagio for Strings

  • "Catch the Rainbow" ON STAGE; LIVE IN GERMANY; RAINBOW LIVE AT ROCKPALAST 1977 (video) -- introduction quotes Bach/Well-tempered Clavier, Prelude in C; RAINBOW LIVE AT ROCKPALAST 1977 (video) also quotes Bach/Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
  • "Sixteenth Century Greensleeves" RITCHIE BLACKMORE ROCK PROFILE V.2 -- the traditional Greensleeves and Grieg/Peer Gynt Suite #1, op.46, mvt.1; RAINBOW LIVE AT ROCKPALAST 1977 (video) quotes traditional Greensleeves and Bach/Brandenburg Concerto no.3, mvt.2; other quotes on ON STAGE and LIVE IN GERMANY? ; traditional Greensleeves also quoted in introduction of "Since you been gone" on FINYL VINYL
  • "Difficult to cure" DIFFICULT TO CURE -- Beethoven/Symphony no.9, mvt. 4 (also on FINYL VINYL which also features the beginning of Bach/Well- tempered Clavier, Prelude & Fugue no.6 in D minor, BWV 851; on REBIRTH OF LEGEND and several videocassettes)*
  • "Spotlight kid" DIFFICULT TO CURE and FINYL VINYL -- R. Blackmore solo quotes Paganini/Caprice no. 24
  • "Death alley driver" STRAIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES -- guitar solo based on Bach/ Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
  • "Weiss heim" FINYL VINYL and B-side of "All night long" -- keyboard solo at end quotes Bach/Well-tempered clavier, Prelude in C
  • "Hall of the Mountain King" STRANGER IN US ALL -- Grieg/Peer Gynt Suite no.1 mvt.4 (In the hall of the mountain king) and mvt.1 (Morning Mood) ; also on REBIRTH OF LEGEND (Japanese bootleg)
  • "Eyes of the world" DOWN TO EARTH - opening quotes Holst/The Planets, Mars

  • "Bach onto this" BEFORE I FORGET - Bach/Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (Fugue section)*
  • "Continuo on B.A.C.H." WINDOWS - based on Bach/The art of the fugue, BWV 1080, no.19*
  • "Gigue" SARABANDE - Bach/English Suite no. 4, Gigue (one minute quote at 6'26")
  • "Tender Babes" BEFORE I FORGET - Tallis/O Ye Tender Babes
  • "Say it's alright" BEFORE I FORGET - Grieg/Lyric Pieces (used in middle eight)
  • LANCASTERS (R. Blackmore was in it)

  • "Satan's Holiday" 1965 single (also on CD TAKE IT!) -- based on Grieg/Peer Suite no.1, mvt.4 (In the Hall of the Mountain King)
  • EPISODE SIX (included Ian Gillan & Roger Glover)

  • "Mozart vs. the rest" 1969 single -- quotes Mozart/Piano Sonata in A major (Turkish March); also on CD THE ROOTS OF DEEP PURPLE: THE COMPLETE EPISODE SIX
  • COZY POWELL (once with Rainbow)

  • "Over the Top" OVER THE TOP -- quotes Tchaikovsky/1812 Overture


  • "The clock ticks on" SHADOW OF THE MOON -- Tielman Susato (sixteenth-century Belgian composer)
  • "Greensleeves" SHADOW OF THE MOON -- Anon. sixteenth-century song
  • "Play minstrel play" SHADOW OF THE MOON -- Pierre Attaingnant (sixteenth-century French editor, publisher, and printer of songs and dances)
  • "Renaissance faire" SHADOW OF THE MOON -- Tielman Susato
  • "Writing on the wall" SHADOW OF THE MOON -- Tchaikovsky/Swan Lake
  • "Now and then" UNDER A VIOLET MOON -- J. S. Bach/Well-tempered clavier, Prelude in C
  • "Spanish nights" UNDER A VIOLET MOON -- Albeniz/Malaguena

  • Above info came from me, Jon Lord, from Trond & others in the DP newsgroup, and from Jens Johansson. As you can see, I still have a few questions. Please also send any replies directly to me also since I only have sporadic access to the newsgroup.

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