Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Music in the News

Giovanni Battista Granata
Oil on canvas paper, 12 x 16 inches, 2016
The copyright infringement lawsuit, filed by the estate of Randy California (from the band Spirit) versus Led Zeppelin, has gotten a lot of media attention the past two weeks. Indeed the iconic guitar intro to Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven sounds a lot like Taurus by Spirit which is two years older. Unfortunately for Spirit the case brought to light many more riffs that sound just like the two contested and are much older. Dave Graham used the riff in a version of Cry Me a River ten years earlier, but the chord progression also appears in Mozart, Bach, and—oldest of them all—in Sonata di Chittarra, e Violino, con il suo Basso Continuo by the 17th century Baroque composer Giovanni Battista Granata.

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