Talent borrows. Genius steals!

Oscar Wilde

Tell Us Who’s The Genius?

Pachelbel vs Beethoven


Beethoven – Sonata para piano nº 15 Op. 28. IV-Rondo
Pachelbel – Canon in D major

HELLOVENUS vs Pachelbel again

Shostakovich vs Arthur Warrell

Shostakovich – Prelude No. 15 in D Flat. Op. 87
Arthur Warrell – We Wish You A Merry Christmas

The original composer of ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ remains a mystery to date but it is widely believed to be composed during the sixteenth-century. In 1935, Bristol-based composer, Arthur Warrell, arranged the tune for his group ‘Bristol University Madrigal Singers’ and performed it at a concert on the 6th of December. It was titled, ‘A Merry Christmas: West Country Traditional Song.’ when it was published. Ever since, it became a popular Christmas carol. Shostakovich composed his collection of Preludes and Fugues Op. 87, between October 10th 1950 and February 25th 1951.

Schumann vs Chopin


Schumann – Waldszenen: “Jäger auf der Lauer” 
Chopin – Nocturne in F Minor Op. 55, No. 1

Chopin composed Nocturne in F Minor Op. 55, No. 1 in 1842 whereas Schumann composed it in 1849 and published it in 1850. Chopin was a great admirer of John Field. His nocturnes were inspired by Field’s song-like melody structure in the right hand and the extensive use of pedals. Classical composers like Mozart, Italian and French opera arias were his inspirations too. He in turn inspired many others like Brahms, Wagner, Mendelssohn, Schumann and Liszt.

BTS vs Linkin Park
Listen to the intro of these two songs.

Queen vs Aaron Copland
Listen to Queen’s chorus at 1.23 minutes onwards.
Listen to Arron Copland’s video at 2.01 minutes onwards.

Eric Carmen vs Rachmaninoff

Ariana Grande vs *NSYNC. Which version do you prefer?

Aerosmith vs Queen
Listen to the intro of these two songs. (‘Dude looks like a lady’ vs ‘It’s a kind of magic’)

TLC vs Lady Gaga
Can you spot the likeness?

Queen Lady Gaga again…now with the king of counterparts, Johann Sebastian Bach

It is no secret that everyone loves Bach! This time round, One Republic vs Bach.

Beethoven vs Nas

Beethoven wrote it in 1810, but was never discovered and published until 1867, 40 years after his death on 26 March 1827.

Schumann vs GFRIEND

Oh là là! So many geniuses!