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Fifty Shades of Grey Makes an Album

The popular romance trilogy gets the compilation treatment.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012 - 12:18 PM

Well, all of us saw this coming. "All of us" being myself and the other 30 million people worldwide who've picked up copies of the sado-masochistic beach reads that are the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. (Whatever. I only read the first book, and I also read "The Great Gatsby" this summer, so don't judge.) This morning, EMI Classics announced that the novels have inspired an upcoming album - a literary soundtrack, if you will - comprised of 15 classical works featured in the books. 

Now, if you haven't read Fifty Shades of Grey, you might be surprised to learn that classical music really is a big part of the series, from Pachelbel's "Canon in D" to Bach's "Goldberg Variations." (In what context, I'd rather not say, since this is a family blog.) In fact, the first book talks about 16th-century composer Thomas Tallis' "Spem in Alium" so much that it jumped to the top of the classical charts in the UK. 

(British vocal group The Tallis Scholars released this promotional video tied to Fifty Shades of Grey earlier this summer.)

So, this leaves me with two questions: 1) If you're a classical fan, what's your reaction? 2) If you're a fan of the books and not a fan of classical music, could enjoying this album actually inspire you to buy more classical music in the future?

Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album will be available digitally Aug. 21. 

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