There is an interesting phenomenon in music culture where combining different genres can increase a song’s popularity.
It can even improve the quality of a piece, giving it a completely different tone. Most of us probably don’t imagine a rock version of classical composition.
The idea is not so common, but when done properly, it can sound remarkable.
We found a rock version of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” proving our point, and it’s exceptional.
In this video, musicians Kristina Schiano and Cole Rolland team up for an extraordinary cover.
The famous YouTube drummer, known for her self-titled YouTube channel, posts a wide array of covers of popular songs.
Schiano is from Brooklyn, New York, and she began her YouTube channel in 2007. Her most remarkable drum cover is of the song “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. Since 2007, she has amassed 1.25 million YouTube subscribers and 206,000 followers on Instagram.
This video was done in collaboration with Cole Rolland who is equally popular on YouTube.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Cole specialized in transforming classical pieces into modernized rock arrangements. “Moonlight Sonata” is not their first collaboration. The duo has also covered “Blue” by Eiffel 65.
In all, this was an excellent arrangement of a solo piano piece.
“Moonlight Sonata” is admired for its mysterious and seemingly improvised first movement. Kristina and Cole covered the 3rd movement, and they did it in style. It’s nice to see two young people with broad musical knowledge. Not many contemporary artists feel inclined to explore classical music, but this pair has shed a completely new light on a famous Beethoven piece.
This song is one of the most popular pieces of classical music, and it was completed in 1801.
Even so, here we are more than 200 years later and musicians are still paying homage to the famous composers of the 19th century!
Filmed at YouTube Space in LA, the video is simple.
We see Kristina behind her drum set and Cole with his guitar. The background is black, and we feel like the entire focus is on the music.
It’s easy to recognize “Moonlight Sonata” when you hear it.
Its familiar sound is hard to miss. We probably had a little fear that the effect would be lost in the rock arrangement, but that’s not the case. The drums and electric guitar simply emphasize all that’s good about the composition, but you still hear it the same way. The camera work is quite good, especially when it begins filming the fast movements of Kristina’s legs.
That’s when you realize that drumming is not as easy as one might think!
At first glance, the guitar is doing all the heavy lifting. Even so, the drums are also covering a huge portion of the original sheet music.
It is mind-blowing to hear this composition in drums, especially if you have any education in music and know how to play the original version.
We love how raw, tricky and unexpected this version is.
As it turns out, there are no mics on her drums.
That only means that they played it twice, to achieve the best possible quality.
Since it was posted, the video was viewed more than three million times!
A lot has been said about music these days, but if we were about to hear things like this more often, a completely different picture of music would emerge.
We definitely need more creative performance like this one!
Check out the full performance in the link below:
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Source: YouTube/Kristina Schiano