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14 June 2017, 17:49
The Baroque master meets 1990s boyband, and it's as wonderful as you hoped it would be.
A+ music geek and counterpoint hero Michael Monroe has given us something very special. Something we didn't know how much we needed, until we heard it: Bach meets 1999 pop hit.
Michael renders The Backstreet Boys' 'I Want It That Way' in the style of a courtly German dance, the Allemande, perhaps most famously found in Bach’s solo suites.
Melodically, every irresistible contour of The Backstreet Boys original is there. Counterpoint is strong. There's no sign of any gelled hair or baggy chinos. But full bravos are reserved for the title: The Bach Suite Boys: Allemande That Way.
and here's the original, for reference (and 90s nostalgia)
Michael has a number of absolute treasures on his YouTube channel. Take a look - and while you're there, don't forget to subscribe and support his wonderful work.
Here's another one that tickled us - Tchaikovsky arranged into a forever ascending audio-illusion, akin to the M. C. Escher endless stairway...