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).

created the “Fantasy Football and Fugue,” a mashup of NFL theme songs from the four networks that broadcast pro football games (FOX, NBC, CBS, ESPN) - See more at: http://constructionlitmag.com/featured-posts/voyager-1-pale-blue-dot-nfl-theme-songs-classical-piano/#sthash.fn47PTWK.dpuf
created the “Fantasy Football and Fugue,” a mashup of NFL theme songs from the four networks that broadcast pro football games (FOX, NBC, CBS, ESPN) - See more at: http://constructionlitmag.com/featured-posts/voyager-1-pale-blue-dot-nfl-theme-songs-classical-piano/#sthash.fn47PTWK.dpuf

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.

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Sanford Rothenberg from Brooklyn

There is a substantial intersection of football and classical music,opera in particular.Keith Miller,Morris Robinson,Lawrence Harris,and Ta'u Pupu'a have all combined these two disciplines.David Daniels played basketball,and there are a number of foreign-born performers who have played rugby and/or soccer.

Sep. 14 2013 01:25 PM

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