April 24, 2018

Tchaikovsky ~ 1812 Overture flash mob


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I have always loved viewing flash mob videos. It is delightful to watch the reaction of the people present; the surprised looks at first then the realization of something unexpectedly new, uplifting and even educational happening in their lives.  

The first flash mob video I saw was in 2010. It was a performance of the song Do-Re-Mi sung by Julie Andrews from the of the 1965 film version of Sound of Music. It was performed in a train station in Antwerp, Belgium (link below).   

When I was 18 the very first classical music album I bought was the Arthur Fiedler version of the Tchaikovsky, 1812 Overture (link below); it was and will always remain my favorite piece of "pop" classical music. I still get chills listening to the climax of the work even without cannons.   

It is interesting that Tchaikovsky actually hated the Overture even though it won him fans all over the world and made him a household name.  
Last week I saw a flash mob video from September 3rd, 2016, at Algemesí (Spain); the Banda Simfònica d'Algemesí, performed the Tchaikovsky, 1812 Overture in a Flash Mob. It is a delight to watch the gradual "growth" of the orchestra and the reactions of the people as it does (link below).   
Viewfinder links:       
1812 Overture & Arthur Fiedler      
Arthur Fiedler articles/mentions      
Net link:       
Classical FM ~ The 1812 Overture: the hit that Tchaikovsky hated    
YouTube links:         

Banda Simfònica d'Algemesí: Tchaikovsky ~ 1812 Overture
Antwerp train station flash mob ~ Do-Re-Mi (2010)     
. . . very loud and noisy and completely without artistic merit, obviously written without warmth or love.”  
                               ~ Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Styrous® ~ Tuesday, April 24, 2018       

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