Igudesman & Joo – Making fun with classical music
Aleksey Igudesman, violinist, composer
Hyung-ki Joo, pianist, composer
What would happen if classical music could have all of the professionalism of virtuosic performing but none of the stereotypical uptightness? What if classical music met SNL (Saturday Night Live) skit and took a page from South Park?
1.) Introduction: Igudesman & Joo solve all of classical music’s problems
2.) Original: Bach-Gounod version:
Igudesman & Joo: Being John Sebastian Bach
3.) Original: Rachmaninoff Prelude Op 3 No 2 in C Sharp minor, performed by Evgeny Kissin
Igudesman & Joo: Rachmaninov had big hands
4.) Original: La Cucaracha
Gipsy Kings version:
Igudesman & Joo: Violin Duet: La Cucaracha.
5.) Mozart will Survive
First, I hope you found some humor in all of this. Clips 1-4 will introduce you to who Igudesman & Joo are and what they are doing. Clip 5 is one culmination of their work. Clip 6 is an interview that starts off rambling a bit, but it does get good after a point. Part of the process appreciating music appreciating the process, so I’d like you to go through it. Write something that has coherent thought. As with so many of the open-ended assignments that I give, you’re welcome to take the responses in any direction you feel appropriate. Your responses should demonstrate that you’ve thought about the clips, not just passively consumed it.
For the following clips:
Watch and reflect. Respond as you did in the assignment above.
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