Rambling recollections of an aging engineer
Verily, WP saith:The tune [of "American Tune"] is based on a melody line from Johann Sebastian Bach's chorale from "St. Matthew Passion," itself a reworking of an earlier secular song, "Mein G'müt ist mir verwirret," composed by Hans Hassler. The melody used for American Tune can be heard quite distinctly in part 1, number 21 and number 23 and in part 2, number 53. "American Tune"'s melody is identical to that of the hymn "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded", with the tune Passion Chorale.
Indeed. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain are masters at locating these commonalities. (Must have something to do with playing chords all the time.)
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