Flash Mob Gives Dramatic Performance of Ravel's Bolero

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It was only a matter of time. Ravel’s Bolero, the world's longest and most seductive musical crescendo, has been given the flash-mob treatment.

Using a five-minute arrangement of the piece, the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra staged one of those hit-and-run performances in Copenhagen Central Station on May 2. The skillfully edited video, which shows dozens of delighted and surprised commuters, has received over 133,000 views since May 27.

While flash mobs keep springing up in food courts, grocery store aisles, public parks and transit stations, this performance makes particularly clever use of the inherent drama of the piece itself.

Update: Copenhagen Philharmonic spokesman Stine Larson reports that the orchestra spent six months preparing this performance, from getting permissions to shipping the instruments in trucks. The orchestra hired two cameramen, one placed on the roof of a store in the station concourse and the other moving amongst the audience and musicians.

Larson added: "We also wanted the sound to be as good as possible, so close to the conductor they placed a small microphone on the ground. In the editing phase, it took some time to synchronize the sound and, for example, the conductor's movements, but it succeeded at last."