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Performance and Pedagogy Blog

A blog about the performance and pedagogy of music.

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Monday YouTube Fix: Deodato

Andrew Hitz

If this clip doesn't make you bob your head, tap your foot, or get up and start dancing in the middle an otherwise quiet room you might actually have passed away without knowing it. This arrangement of the great Richard Strauss tone poem 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' was made famous to me by my favorite band in the world, Phish.  They do a wonderful cover of this funky version.  This is the first time I've seen this clip and I almost flipped my desk over in excitement!

This features Eumir Deodato on the organ fronting his band and they are joined by the Orquestra Experimental de Repertorio.  The guitar solo is smoking enough that I'm surprised it didn't catch on fire in the middle of it.