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The possibilities of music never cease to amaze!

Just when you think you've heard everything that music has to offer, along comes something that is amazingly different!

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Let the video, by Vadrum, speak for itself...

The music is Mozart's Rondo Alla Turca from his Piano Sonata No. 11, K331. I play it myself sometimes for my own amusement, but I certainly don't play it like this!

While the idea of drumming over a piece of classical music might seem to be a little less than fruitful in prospect, when I heard what this guy does a smile appeared on my face and a rosy glow warmed the cockles of my heart.

OK, so it might be a novelty that will quickly wane in interest, who cares? It's interesting now and I like it.

It does however bring to mind the question asked recently, How can I record pro-sounding drums in a small room?

This video gives us one really good answer to this question - be a pro-sounding drummer.

The drums in the video are clearly situated in a small room, and the recording is about as good as you can expect from the small-room sound.

But when the playing is exceptional, then small deficiencies in sonics can be overlooked.

Notice just after the one-minute mark how an inset appears showing the double kick drum pedal. Normally when I see a drummer with two kick drums or a double pedal I get out my Van Helsing crucifix and strings of garlic. This time however, it seems well in context, although the sound of the kick is a little hard.

One point, which isn't a criticism but an observation, is that Vadrum's interpretation of the piece is extraordinarily literal. Every note in the score is matched by a drum or cymbal beat, and there is very little divergence from this.

And for anyone who thinks it is sacrilege to perform Mozart in this way, here is a quote from Wikipedia (where every known fact in the universe is recorded)...

"In Mozart's time, the last movement was sometimes performed on pianos built with a 'Turkish stop', allowing it to be embellished with extra percussion effects."

Well, well.

If you want to hear more, then Vadrum has many more videos on YouTube.

We wait with interest his complete Tristan und Isolde...

P.S. This piece is not, I repeat not, called the Turkey Trot!

By David Mellor Thursday December 30, 2010
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