[Classic_Rock_Forever] Deep Purple Mystery Solved!!


Clint got it!! I always thought this piece was something from Bach because Ritchie always had a fondness for classical music, and Bach in particular. It is indeed by Hugo Alfven, and called "Swedish Rhapsody N° 1, Op. 19 'Midsommarvaka'" known to many as simply "The Swedish Rhapsody". For those who are interested, he was a Swedish composer, conductor, violinist and painter. He lived from 1872 to 1960, and this was the piece he was best known for, and is considered one of the best known compositions from Sweden, written by Alvfen in 1903. I consider Ritchie Blackmore's version of it the best, with absolutely no offense intended to the composer, or others who have done this piece of music justice.
I base my opinion on the fact that, in my opinion, he inflected it with such perfect nuance that, at only ten seconds long, is thrown off by Blackmore with such ease, as if it were nothing more than a nursery rhyme. Yet every last tone that comes from his guitar is just simply flawless.
Many many thanks to Clint for running this piece of rock/classical history down and answering a riddle that has stumped me for so long! Thanks also to those who took a crack at it. Please give this remastered version of Deep Purple's "Made in Japan" a listen, dial in to the riff that starts at 55:10 and I hope you agree that it's one of the coolest guitar licks ever done! Thanks everybody, and thanks again Clint!

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