Happy/Sad Songs Made Sad/Happy

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 - 11:49 AM

Vinheteiro shakes up the mood on a number of familiar pieces. Vinheteiro shakes up the mood on a number of familiar pieces. (Venheteiro/Youtube)

Generally tunes like “Radetzky March” have us ready to party, while others, such as Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” keep us on the verge of tears. There are a number of factors that go into the qualities that make certain sounds happy or sad, and it’s almost always a trip when you hear those ingredients scrambled up in familiar songs.

In two recent musical offerings, Brazilian pianist Fabricio André Bernard Di Paolo, also known as Vinheteiro, does just that. In a description of one of the videos, Vinheteiro explains his inspiration: ”I am a bipolar pianist. Sometimes I'm sad and depressive, but sometimes I'm happy. For this reason I decided to show you how I play the piano.” So get ready to hear some music you already know, but with that mood flipped and turned upside down.

We hear dour versions of familiar tunes like “Happy Birthday” and “Chopsticks,” but also get sunnier takes on the theme from Forrest Gump and Yiruma’s “River Flows in You.” According to his Facebook bio, Vinheteiro draws inspiration from, among others, Scott Joplin. It especially shows in his happy takes, with a striding left hand giving a particular jaunt and humor to the reflective mood of pieces like Chopin’s Nocturne No. 2.

Here's happy-to-sad:

And the other way around, sad-to-happy:


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Comments [3]

Barry K Rosen from Stormville, NY

Tho a few of the "sad" versions are dirge-like, they struck me mostly as richer and deeper than the originals. Who knew that a potential for real music was hidden in *Jingle Bells*?

The "happy" versions are indeed happy and great fun, but the originals chosen here strike me as meditative (maybe a little wistful) rather than really sad. Perhaps Vinheteiro will someday create a happy version of something that is achingly sad (like the last movement of Tchaikovsky's 6th). He is a great talent who might accomplish that difficult feat.

Feb. 04 2017 12:00 PM
Rodrigo from Brazil

Boa lordão. Mitando nas terras do tio Sam.

Feb. 02 2017 09:50 AM
Tim from Nyack NY

Fun... also check out Pierre Yves Plat on YouTube... https://goo.gl/yydggJ He's got a bunch of stuff there. Pretty entertaining.

Feb. 01 2017 02:03 PM

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