Re: [rumori] classical mashups on NPR

From: Colin Hinz (
Date: Fri Aug 02 2002 - 20:55:01 PDT

On Wed, 31 Jul 2002, DJ WeirdKnobNow wrote:

> On the US' National Public Radio (NPR), I noticed that
> during their classical hour (9am-10am PST) they have a
> game called their "Piano Puzzler". A resident
> piano-composer-talent plays a short peice on piano
> where two songs are merged/layered together.
> In the case of today, a famous part of Mussorgsky's
> "Pictures At An Exhibition" was merged into the
> American folk tune "She'll Be Coming Around the
> Mountain"


Somewhere, I've got a recording of a piano-roll "performance" where
the treble is doing Dixie and the bassline is doing Yankee Doodle.
The astonishing thing is, it works!! It's as weird as the E.C.C.
Public Enemy/Tijuana Brass pairings.

In the 1950's, a British guy named Gerard Hoffnung organised a
series of concerts which aimed to "de-highbrow" classical music.
So there were performances of Mozart on the hosepipe, tuba quartets,
and the like. But one of the best performances was a piano concerto,
with the orchestra playing one concerto and the pianist playing
a rather different one!

These concerts were recorded and released on a series of LPs, and
I think they've been collected into one CD boxed set.

- Colin Hinz
  Toronto, Canada

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