Classical mashups

Last week, I read this Chronicle article about the growing popularity of mashups,where DJs take different songs and meld them together. I’ve listened to the Sixx Mixx when I happen to be in the car, and I like it a lot. I may be looking for more places to download such stuff, besides Party Ben’s site.

Last night after our warmup, I decided to listen to the first half downstairs so I could continue reading the Latour – it’s a bit rude to be sitting up in the hall reading. While I was listening to the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, which includes a delicate duet between violin and viola, a trumpet player entered the practice room next to where I was sitting and started practicing some of the Haydn Harmoniemesse. It created this wacky classical mashup effect, where his practice music and the Mozart almost worked together, but not quite. He’d be playing an arpeggio as the two soloists were playing an ascending line, and they’d be mostly consonant, because everything was major in those days, and then they’d diverge and produce an interesting dissonance. If somebody had played me the combination and said that it was a piece by John Cage, I would have said, “Oh, sure.” Makes me wonder what other possibilities are around out there. I’ve been told of the Berio, where he overlays his stuff on top of Mahler 2. Anyway. The idea of classical mashups amused me, so I figured I’d share.

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