Blurred Lines is a hit … for an 86-year-old Canadian classical composer

Robin Thicke

From The Guardian:

Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines has been an unexpected boon for an 86-year-old classical music composer from Canada. John Beckwith has seen sales surge for his own composition of the same name, a 1997 duet for harpsichord and violin.

The happy synchronicity was discovered by Allegra Young, recording and licensing manager with the Canadian Music Centre. This Toronto institution is an archive and a label that champions the country’s new music composers. “I was having a look at the numbers and [Beckwith’s Blurred Lines received] over 4,000 streams in one month,” Young explained to PRI. “It’s a great disc, but I was wondering why [everyone was listening to] the same track.”

Across the internet, thousands of music fans looking for Thicke’s raunchy, cowbell-stoked summer jam stumbled instead on a recording of Beckwith’s sombre dirge, released on the 2010 CD Jalsaghar. “My piece doesn’t have lyrics,” Beckwith wrote in an email. “It’s a 10-minute piece with quarter-tone glides for both violin and harpsichord. I wrote it after hearing some recordings from the Swedish hardanger fiddle repertoire, so it’s like a slow elegy.”

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