Why It’s Good

I’ve linked to the Steve Hackett/orchestral version of Firth of Fifth before, and my apologies for doing so again.

However:  did you ever wonder why it’s such a brilliant song?  Here’s Doug Helvering, a classical composer who analyzes the piece from a musical theory perspective, and after listening to this exposition, you’ll understand the genius behind Tony Banks’s masterpiece.  (It’s long, but definitely worth your time this weekend.  If you’re not au fait  with the theory terminology, don’t worry:  just watch and listen to Doug’s reaction as the music plays.)

And if you want a less-classical take on Genesis, here’s Rick Beato on their Dance On A Volcano.

Note to Reader & Friend Weetabix:  share this with your wonderfully-talented daughter, for her take.


  1. I wasn’t impressed. I hear endless repetition while standing on the hold petal.
    Maybe I’m tone deaf, but I can’t find a melody in there to remember.

  2. There is a quote attributed to Mozart about how he will make it good for the cognoscenti to like, and also for the common folk to enjoy. I can’t remember the quote well enough to search for it, but that’s the gist. Interestingly it did not appear in Amadeus.

  3. my favorite song of all time. love everything about it. love the progressive rock music of the 70s.

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