Rock legends from my youth are dropping like flies this year. This morning's sad news is the passing of the legendary keyboardist Keith Emerson, of the innovative rock trio Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Young people will not have heard of them. This is because they were from the days when rock musicians could actually play their instruments. Also, these guys knew their classical repertoire, and some of their more famous work was based on classical music. My older sister, Janet, had a copy of their “Pictures at an Exhibition”, based on the orchestral suite of the same name by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky. I can also remember with fondness Emerson's Piano Concerto. What sort of rock musician today could write a piano concerto, for goodness sake!
Perhaps their best known classical arrangement used music by Aaron Copland. Here is the Copland/ELP work, “Fanfare for the Common Man”, played live in Toronto's Olympic Stadium in 1977.