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Fullback Fugue: Pianist Tackles Football Themes in New Video
Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 09:40 AM
A world away from the crunching of helmets and the pounding of pads that is professional football lies the quiet contemplation of the classical piano recital.
Not so fast. A musician from Portland, Ore. named Ansel Wallenfang has created "Fantasy Football & Fugue," a video featuring a fugue built of NFL themes from the four networks that broadcast pro football games (FOX, NBC, CBS, ESPN).
Suited up in full gear, with fingers wrapped in athletic tape, Wallenfang plays his original work as cheerleaders appear out of nowhere and a pause is taken for a water break. While the pianist has fun with the theatrics, he clearly takes the composition itself seriously. As he explains on YouTube:
Through the lens of classical music and short film, I hope to open these seemingly dissimilar fields to new audiences, sign a multi-million dollar development deal with a major Hollywood studio, become friends with Aaron Rodgers, and not get sued by 4 networks simultaneously.
Watch the film below, which has received more than 20,000 views as of Saturday.