How Casablanca inspired a Roxy Music classic

BA on its planes until recently played a snippet of Dvořak’s Serenade for Strings on constant loop, ad nauseam, during boarding and disembarking. I think they’ve stopped now or at least I haven’t noticed it recently. In any case it’s not a use of “classical music in the public space” I would applaud. It’s a trivialisation of it that is more likely to turn people off the piece than onto it, similar to the proverbial Vivaldi while your call is held in a queue.

  • This movement is particularly famous because of its incredibly catchy main theme.
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  • The song features an Andy Mackay sax solo—based on the melody of ‘As Time Goes By’ a tune performed by Dooley ‘play it again Sam’ Wilson on that old piano in the corner.
  • Once a little enclave of high culture, they are now having
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