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Paranoid Android and House of Cards

Radiohead Hits for String Quartet Strings Charts Series

By Radiohead

String Quartet
Radiohead Hits for String Quartet Strings Charts Series. By Radiohead. Arranged by Eric Gorfain. String Letter Publishing. Softcover. 44 pages. Published by String Letter Publishing (HL.332991).

Item Number: HL.332991

ISBN 1890490849. 9x12 inches.

Orchestral in scope, but rock by instrumentation, Radiohead pushed the musical limits of rock music with its 1997 landmark album OK Computer. This arrangement of the album's epic track “Paranoid Android” will challenge any string quartet. Tricky rhythms and time-signature changes are just the tip of the iceberg for this complex piece of music. Polar opposite in tone to “Paranoid Android” is the Grammy-nominated song “House of Cards” (In Rainbows, 2007), an uncharacteristically relaxed Radiohead love ballad. Melodically deadpan, the crux of the song lies in the rhythmic groove created by the guitar figure faithfully played in this string quartet arrangement by the viola.

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  • June 07, 2010 Probably a good arrangement, but no the same

    I own two recordings of string quartet versions of Paranoid Android, one by the Vitamin String Quartet and the other by The Section Quartet. As far as I know, Eric Gorfain was involved in both recordings, so I was excited when this arrangement was provided for purchase. To my disappointment...

    though, this is not the same arrangement they performed on the recordings. I guess it'll have to do, but I really wanted the version for string quartet I've come to love.

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