Ten Great Mozart Guitar Shredding Videos

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Mozart with shades. (9gag.com)

In bedrooms, basements and man-caves around the world, Mozart's music is alive and well among electric guitarists. We’ve scoured the Internet to find ten of the most mind-blowing, face-melting Mozart “shreds.”

Mozart's music was written for 18th-century salons and opera houses. But now anyone with a guitar, a video camera and a computer can run with the Wolf. Even though the sounds wouldn’t be recognizable to Mozart, he probably would be proud that so many hours of practice were going into perfecting his music.


10.  Rondo alla Turca a.k.a. Turkish March

Far and away the most popular Mozart for guitarists is the final movement of his Piano Sonata No. 11, known as the Rondo alla Turca. There are a million versions out there, but this is a solid performance with a homemade backing track and complete “hands-only” anonymity. 


9.  Sonata Facile (Piano Sonata No. 16)

A classic “dorm-room duet": one guitarist playing two parts while his roommate is away for the weekend.


8.  Symphony No. 25

More guitar from the bedroom. The fish-eye filter is almost as cool as the Mozart graphic, smiling down on this performance from behind his aviators.



7.  Symphony No. 40

An excerpt from one of Mozart’s popular symphonies and one of the most literal examples of "shooting in front of a green screen” ever.


6. Rock Me Amadeus

OK, it’s not technically Mozart’s music, but it’s a shredder’s take on the classic 1980s Mozart send-up. It’s so meta, we couldn’t resist.


5.  The Marriage of Figaro Overture

There’s no better way to understand the layered intricacy of Mozart’s writing for the opera house than to learn all the parts yourself.


4. Jupiter Symphony

Dad’s in the basement again! Watch for the on-screen annotations that range from the obvious (“Not easy to play!”) to the unintentionally hilarious (“Don’t try this at home”).


3.  Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Dan Mumm is a solid player with amazing chops. He rocks one of Mozart’s most joyous pieces. But is he having any fun?!


2. Queen of the Night

Which of these best describes you? a) You are creative and talented b) You own lots of guitars c) You prefer to work alone or d) All of the above.

1. Dies Irae

The opening sequence alone is priceless – never has Mozart’s Requiem been so bad-ass! It’s one thing to hear Mozart from one guy in a rehearsal room, but when it’s three guys in a rehearsal room? Genius.

Honorable Mentions:

The “strat and hat” look pretty much belonged to Stevie Ray Vaughan, but SRV never played the Requiem’s “Lacrimosa.”

An unexpected take on the Symphony No. 40 – it almost sounds like surf rocker Dick Dale:


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Comments [4]

sandy from new jersey

Love it! I like no. 1/6/ and 8 the best.

Nov. 23 2013 11:12 PM
ntooney from Brooklyn, NY

Impressive, but for me, the guitar performance of the music did not breathe enough. For me, this music needs a more fluid and much less rigid beat (dare I say tactus?). Maybe it would work more musically in a live performance with live acoustic percussion.

Nov. 22 2013 06:35 PM


Nov. 22 2013 04:57 PM

The Queen of the Night is just Great!!! More than creative and talented - brilliant!

Nov. 22 2013 10:13 AM

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