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Classical String Quartet/Comedy Troupe

(Video Link) The MozART Group is a classically-trained string quartet, but its members certainly don’t limit themselves to traditional performances. This video presents a sampling of their eccentric acts. The bluegrass “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” at 4:30 is especially good. via Theo Spark | Official Website

Who Will Be Famous in 10,000 Years?

Tyler Cowen, an economist and the blogger behind Marginal Revolution, was asked by a reader: Who do you think will still be famous in 10,000 years? People from history or now. Shakespeare? Socrates? Hawking? He answered (in part): In that case, I’ll go with the major religious leaders (Jesus, Buddha, etc.), Einstein, Turing, Watson and Crick, Hitler, the [...]

Stop: Stammer Time!

I haven’t seen The King’s Speech yet, but this rap video makes me want to run to the theater. In this two-minute video, rapper Dan Bull remixes video from The King’s Speech with audio from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Aire, Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, and Bull himself rapping as King George VI. You’ve never seen royalty [...]

Improv Everywhere: Novice Ice Skater Becomes a Master

(Video Link) For its latest public performance, Improv Everywhere presented a completely novice skater so inept that he was stranded on the ice when it was time for the rink to be resurfaced. But as Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto plays, he learns and becomes a graceful, even masterful dancer. The man in red is Kenny Moir, a [...]

Japanese company plays Mozart to bananas

In an effort to produce sweeter produce a company in Japan has been playing Mozart to its bananas. They didn’t stop there either, a whole range of fru…

A Short History of Long-Haired Music: Amadeus, Part 1

If you missed our previous installments, check out A Short History of Long-Haired Music archives Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was what some scholars[1] have called “the fillet of the Classical epoch…easily the most impressive composer of his time.” In fact, it could be argued that Mozart was not only the most impressive composer of his time, [...]

A Short History of Long-Haired Music: The Classical Era, part 3

If you missed our previous installments, check out A Short History of Long-Haired Music archives Some people refer to it as the “Viennese Style.” Others, the “Viennese Classical School.” Whatever you call it, by the late 1700s, the Austrian capital of Vienna had clearly become the hot musical spot in Europe. It was in Vienna that [...]

A Short History of Long-Haired Music: Part 1

There’s a wonderful scene in the classic mockumentary, This is Spinal Tap, where mockumentarian, Marty DiBergi (Rob Reiner), is interviewing Spinal Tap songwriter, Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest), seated at a piano. Nigel is explaining his fascination with the key of D-minor as he delicately fingers the keyboard, producing a few bars from a new musical [...]

Ig Nobel Libretto: “Chicken versus Egg”

The 2010 Ig Nobel Prizes will be awarded this Thursday, September 30th, at Harvard University’s Sanders Theater. Tickets are sold out, but the ceremonies will be streamed live for your entertainment beginning at 7:30 Eastern time. Meanwhile, here is a mini-opera that was performed at the 2007 ceremonies. The theme for the awards that year was [...]

The Quick Seven: Seven Musical Hoaxes

It was 19 years ago this week (can you believe it’s been that long?) that the Milli Vanilli lip-synching scandal came to a head – the duo were stripped of their Grammies after it was revealed that they didn’t sing a single note on the Girl You Know It’s True album. But they were hardly [...]