James Bennett II is a staff writer for WQXR.
We Dare You to Listen to This ‘Ave Maria’ and Not Laugh
Friday, March 03, 2017 - 11:39 AM
It’s the grandest and most beautiful music you’ve ever heard: Schubert’s angelic “Ave Maria” played on the majestic otamatone.
The electronic instrument will remind you in some ways of the theremin. It’s shaped like a musical eighth note, and sound is produced by squeezing the note head. Pitch is altered by sliding your hand along the stem. The resulting effect is a comically sincere wail, and it doesn’t hurt that the instrument looks so goofily adorable. In fact, here’s Q2 very own Hannis Brown shredding on the otamatone he received for Christmas:
And now for Franz Schubert’s “Ellens Gesang III” (Ave Maria), D. 839, as played by Michael Connolly on otamatone. It’s something, for sure.