James Bennett II is a staff writer for WQXR.
'Classical Mashup II' Released with a Dazzling Medley
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 02:02 PM
Producer Grant Woolard made a splash last year when his “Classical Mashup,” a lightly animated video that combines dozens of composers and classical favorites, went viral. Now, Grant has returned with the sequel — “Classical Mashup II,” a musical masterwork quilt that matches the fun of the original.
This time around, 52 composers and 31 pieces get the mashup treatment. While there are the old reliables like Mozart, Verdi and Schubert making the rounds, Woolard has also expanded the roster to include surprises from Rosas, Sousa and Necke.
There’s no shortage of highlights and a-ha moments, either. Skip ahead on the video above or click the links:
- 4:20 — Cage’s “4’33” holding down Brahms and Liszt
- 4:40 — “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” getting new legs with “Maple Leaf Rag”
- 3:02 — “The Moldau” cruising above a Brahms-Handel transition
Last year, when the original mashup was released, Woolard told us he initially “feared it wouldn’t be well received.” With more than 4 million views for that video, he demonstrated that people love the blend of memorable melodies, so this new project should have an instant place in the ears of many. Which parts of this medley do you think gel extra well?