Asked about the appeal of renaissance music, lead guitarist and songwriter Ritchie Blackmore said, "I had been listening to renaissance music since 1971 when I first saw the BBC's Wives of Henry VIII
... It was the rock music of that day. Even while writing Deep Purple songs - for example, 'Smoke On The Water
,' the riff is done in fourths and fifths — a medieval modal scale. It makes it appear more dark and foreboding. Not like today's pop music thirds. We were even doing some renaissance based ideas in Rainbow, like "Temple of the King," or "Sixteenth Century Greensleeves," so you could say that the renaissance music has been an influence in my music from early on. (Myspace Music, 2006).