James Bennett II is a staff writer for WQXR.
Watch: Beethoven Symphony No. 7 Is Transformed Into a Cuban Rumba
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 12:00 AM
We already knew Beethoven's work is timeless, but it turns out his music can’t be bound by geography either. Need proof? Check out film composer Joachim Horsley’s interpretation of the second movement of Beethoven’s Seventh. The steady and emotional rhythm that so many of us have come to love is flipped about and transformed into a Cuban rumba.
Every sound in Horsley’s eight-musician and three-piano arrangement is produced using the instrument. There are the obvious parts, like the percussive strikes on the lid and mallets and claves on the prop stick and the stings. But the creativity goes way beyond that, too. That cool electric sound you hear in that last minute? It’s from rubber mutes (and slick production work).
Oh, and for those who are just dying to nerd out over this, Horsley uploaded his score as well. Take a look and put in some practice so you can break it out at your next party.