The History of Song Parody Videos

The first known use of the term parody originated in 1587 on the title page of a parody mass by the German composer Jakob Paix. What Paix did was borrow another composer’s musical material, and by stating that it was a parody acknowledged the fact that the music was not his original work, just the lyrics. Parodies became rare until the 18th century, when Bach released “Cantate Burlesque”, which humorously made fun of of the florid da capo arias then in fashion. Since this event, parodies are more humorous than serious. Later in the 18th century, Mozart parodied many lesser composers and songwriters of his day in his piece “Musical Joke”. Theatrical music also began to take on the parody genre around this time, which included satirical songs set to popular music at the time.