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Pop music versions of Renaissance music

I keep finding more and more of these, and find them weirdly intriguing. For instance, here’s ‘Bonjour, mon coeur’ by Orlando di Lasso, a 16th century Franco-Flemish composer:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8wvmZdx63dY
and an Icelandic pop music version: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hhRoe2l1n2U
I have no idea how the French and Icelandic texts compare.
Another example is a 16th century Spanish villancico. ‘Riu riu Chiu’: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4uNh82VT3q4
and as done by the Monkees(!):
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=riG85oA6Wy4
Quite some harmonies!

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Fascinating ! The harmony in the DiLasso , is striking , and stunning . Perhaps a bit off topic, but this storied close harmony group from the late twenties is worth a listen . This is a French version of this music - https://youtu.be/vRk3smsTDJI I was unaware of the Villancico , and your post piqued my curiosity , so I looked it up . After a lifetime spent as a musician , I'm still learning new things ! While not Spanish , it brought to my mind's ear some of Orff's writing in " Carmina Burana " . Not Rennaissance , but late Romantic , The last movement of Brahms Second Piano Concerto - ( start at 41 :00 ) https://youtu.be/BszBccYHuAk brings this , by Richard Rodgers , to mind - https://youtu.be/M-TIu2-fd8o

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Thanks, Steven! This discussion reminds me of a show that used to be on public radio, hosted by Peter Schickele (of P.D.Q. Bach fame). In each show, he would examine a technical aspect of music and illustrate it with music from a very wide range of genres. The motto of the show was “If it sounds good, it IS good!”

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Thank you both for the grins! I'm another "lifetime as a musician" person (Vicki), many years singing Renaissance music, & never dreamed that the Monkees had covered Riu, riu. And Peter Schickele, ahh.

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Welcome, Vicki and Stewart! I too have sung quite a lot of Renaissance music over the years, and have experienced this strange reverse-timeline phenomenon in which certain passages make me think of Dvorak (!). Also, good to meet, however virtually, another Peter Schickele fan.

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As we want to stay focused on the travel component , let's go to Vienna in the eighteenth century , and Richard Strauss' " Der Rosenkavalier " ( 1910 ) . Told here in three minutes , courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera in NY . Try to contain your emotions , everyone - https://youtu.be/JoNl3kWntK4