Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Unusual concertos [72]: Vuvuzela

Before the purge of end 2008, one of the most popular topics of this blog was "Unusual concertos", classical concertos for all kinds of instruments and orchestra. I have decided to revive this, aiming for less familiar composers in general. In its original incarnation, I came to 40 different concertante instruments - realizing 70+ this time.

The seventy second concerto deals with the vuvuzela (image source). This cannot be taken too seriously of course. Inspired by memories of the previous FIFA world championship in South Africa, which was sound-wise dominated by thousands of these 65 cm monotonous plastic horns played in the stands, I googled for a concerto for this abomination - and was astonished to find one on YouTube. The commposer of this delightful monstrosity is Jiri Jakub Zimmerman, and in the clip it is performed by Vojtech Havlik with the Hitmakers Orchestra under Jan Rybar. Go and listen to it - it is a hoot!

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