08. April 2010 · Comments Off on Sting · Categories: Other People's Words

“My worst nightmare was doing pop ballads with an orchestra playing whole notes behind it,” he said. “It’s just so boring; it’s done so often. So I wanted arrangements that would challenge the orchestra — not technically but certainly rhythmically, using the orchestra as a rhythmic, pulsing machine.”

Asked if any of the orchestral arrangements of his music surprised him, Sting said: “There are some songs that weren’t a surprise that they worked with an orchestra, where I’ve actually stolen pieces of classical music. They worked surprisingly well.”

For his song “Russians,” he said: “I stole a piece of Prokofiev for that. And the arranger stole a few more. We start that song off with the opening notes of ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ then it goes into the Lieutenant Kije Suite. So things like that work extremely well.”

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