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Heirs & Rebels.

In news slightly related to my earlier entry, I was shocked to come to the realization recently that a certain Mr. Nik Kershaw appears to have lifted one of his most recognizable mid-'80s melodies from a certain Mr. Ralph Vaughan Williams (co-editor of The English Hymnal with liturgist/hottie P.D.), specifically his Fantasia on Greensleeves. Please have a listen to both of these excellent pieces and tell me if I am reading hearing too much into the matter.

☞  Nik Kershaw – The Riddle  ☜
(The main melody, as in 0:05 – 0:28.)

☞  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields/Marriner – Fantasia on Greensleeves  ☜
(The middle third, which joins the two more traditional instances of "Greensleeves," esp. 02:09 – 02:30.)


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And finally, a punctuation question. I will not judge you based on your answers, or subcategorize people or any of that nonsense. I just want to get a sense of what people think is correct or most acceptable. So please, answer truthfully and without fear...

Which would you use?

Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Greensleeves
24(80.0%)
Vaughan Williams's Fantasia on Greensleeves
6(20.0%)
Vaughan Williamses Fantasia on Greensleeves
0(0.0%)
Vaughan William's Fantasia on Greensleeves
0(0.0%)

How would you pronounce it?

vahn williamz
14(50.0%)
vahn williamziz
14(50.0%)

Which would you use?

the Vaughan Williamses' weren't really Yellow Book types
0(0.0%)
the Vaughan Williams' weren't really Yellow Book types
4(15.4%)
the Vaughan Williams's weren't really Yellow Book types
1(3.8%)
the Vaughan Williamses weren't really Yellow Book types
21(80.8%)

Comments

ganatronic
Jan. 13th, 2006 12:31 pm (UTC)
Wow, finally someone other than me (and my dad and his friends) has mentioned Nik Kershaw. He's been a favorite of mine for decades, and I've tried but I really can't get anyone else to appreciate him as much as he deserves. That isn't to say that you do. But at least you acknowledge his existence. The Riddle and Human Racing are great albums.
scythrop
Jan. 13th, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, I totally appreciate him! Even if he's lifting melodies, he's lifting them from the right places.

How did you even get to know his music? Did your dad work/record/tour with him or something? I agree, he was outrageously underappreciated in this country.
ganatronic
Jan. 13th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
My dad was frequently blasting him through the house stereo when I was growing up. I think I remember my dad saying that he met him once, but it was only for my dad to say how much of a fan he was.

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