Leonard Bernstein: Mambo (Venezuelan Youth Orch)

October 25, 2007

You won’t need your coffee today after listening to this one. Simon Rattle commented in a BBC.co article that Venezuelan youth orchestras were doing the most important work in classical music anywhere in the world. After watching this, you’ll agree. Wow!

[Thanks to Frank Heuser]

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Brad Wood October 26, 2007 at 8:33 pm

That is terrific. As Thelonious is heard to say iirc at the end of Crepuscule with Nellie, on the Criss-Cross album:

“That’s wild, man”.

And that excerpt is, I think, also the most rhythmically challenging part of West Side Story. And this from someone who had to play the 6/8 signature 2,3 and 5,6 afterbeats in a junior high school arrangement of “America”.

I hope Chavez doesn’t get away with taking undue credit for this 😉

Brad Wood October 26, 2007 at 8:34 pm

* interspersed with the 2,4,6 afterbeats at that.

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