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    Gentle Giant or Shostakovich?

    During my prog rock era I was a big fan of Gentle Giant. I thought they were an original. For the past 3 years or so I have mainly listened to Classical music, and I gotta say I am very disappointed in one of my past favorite bands. Move over Led Zeppelin.

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    Why? Does it have to be one or the other? I like both
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    Quote Originally Posted by elescher View Post
    During my prog rock era I was a big fan of Gentle Giant. I thought they were an original.
    Great and fantastic band.
    They were my favorite along with Traffic, Genesis (up to Selling England by the pound).

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    Quote Originally Posted by elescher View Post
    During my prog rock era I was a big fan of Gentle Giant. I thought they were an original. For the past 3 years or so I have mainly listened to Classical music, and I gotta say I am very disappointed in one of my past favorite bands. Move over Led Zeppelin.
    Interesting. I too am a fan of Led Zep, classical, and a Lampi owner. I like Shostakovich's violin concerto that Oistrakh played (recently saw it live, and am watching his 5th symphony soon).

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    Two very different approaches to music IMO... GG remains one of the best group ever. Progs Rock may use sometimes the structures of Western Classical Music but it is a different musical form nonetheless. I like both and feel no disappointment in listening to any Prog Rock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by asiufy View Post
    Why? Does it have to be one or the other? I like both
    Don't get me wrong, I still listen/like both. My point is that at age 15 I didn't even know classical music existed, let alone Shostakovich. I just find it appauling that the whole Gentle Giant sound was IMO copied from him. Some of their songs are right out plagiarism.

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    Ah! Well, now you got me curious, as I've never established that connection GG x Shostakovich Can you point out some similaries/plagiarisms, as it sounds like fun

    Another prog band I enjoy quite a bit is Renaissance, and they have lifted parts from classical pieces wholesale. In their case it was particularly easy as they usually recorded with an orchestra anyway...
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