|Other names||Classical Rock|
|Cultural origins||1960s, United Kingdom and United States|
|Derivative forms||Symphonic Metal, Progressive Rock|
|Progressive Rock, Symphonic Metal|
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Symphonic rock is a sub-genre of rock music (often refereed as, "Classical Rock") which combines the elements of orchestra and rock music. The root of symphonic rock music is experimentation of art music with rock music in the mid 1960s in England and Unites States by bands such as Deep Purple, The Nice and Moody Blues.
Symphonic Rock features symphonic instruments with modern rock instruments with powerful background vocals. It often uses piano rhythms, organ, flutes and has complex structure of songs.
Origins and evolution
The roots of symphonic rock are originally found by bands like The Beatles and Beach Boys. Many artists such as The Beatles wanted to go with orchestral music along with rock music . Songs such as Strawberry Fields Forever, A Day In Life, Wouldn't It Be Nice are one of the earliest of symphonic rock ever recorded. The songs had complex structure and uses of powerful backing vocals and organ melody. However newly formed bands like Procol Harum and Moody Blues took symphonic rock further.  In, 1967, Moody Blues released their song, Nights in White Satin which featured classical orchestration, flute solo and orchestral backing vocals setting an example of symphonic rock.. The song was inspired from Beatles' 1966 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The next year, in 1968, English Rock band Deep Purple released their second album, "The Book of Taliesyn". Organist Jon Lord used classical influence with rock music
- Allemeier, Kurt. "'Beatles,' symphony rock Davenport at the Pops". The Quad-City Times.
- "The Moody Blues 'Nights In White Satin'". www.soundonsound.com.
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