Beethoven’s 5 Secrets

by wagnerv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ_fkw5j-t0

Please take a few minutes and watch this video – you won’t regret it! It was done by “The Piano Guys,” who, if you don’t know, do some pretty incredible music. (Check them out on Youtube if you have a chance!)

The piece in this video is a fantastic hybrid of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and One Republic’s “Secrets” (hence the name “Beethoven’s 5 Secrets” – nice, huh?). They incorporated 5 different melodies from the four movements of Beethoven’s 5th into “Secrets.” If you know the music, you can easily recognize the mixed in melodies, but they actually blend very nicely.  Apparently the director of a youth orchestra came to the Piano Guys with the idea to mix the classic and contemporary pieces and this was their final product. Take a closer look at the musicians in the orchestra. You’d never know from the sound, but they are all between 13 and 18 years old. It’s incredible.

I think listening to this piece will help us have a greater appreciation for the “classical” orchestra music we hear in class. I know that orchestra’s make great music and I can hear the beauty in the sound, but it’s often hard (at least for me) to really connect with the piece. This video is different because it combines the dramatic sound of the orchestra with a contemporary song that I’m familiar with.  I can really FEEL the power and beauty in this piece – It’s more moving because it is music I know: music from my generation.

Perhaps listening to this piece will change the way you feel about the orchestras we hear in class. It certainly adjusted my perspective. Listening to this gives me a better understanding of how audiences of the past may have felt when listening to Beethoven’s symphonies because for them, Beethoven was a contemporary composer.  It’s not hard to see how music like this became so popular.

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