August 21, 2009

GENTLE ODE:

Joy as Proms audience joins in Beethoven’s Ode to the Ukulele (Jack Malvern , 8/21/09, Times of London)

When Beethoven wrote his heaven-storming Ninth Symphony he cannot have imagined that the Ode to Joy would one day be played by an ensemble of 1,000 ukuleles. The attempt at the Albert Hall on Tuesday night was as sublime as it was ridiculous.

The band, which has been going for almost 25 years, hoped to attract about 200 players. In the event, the gathering surpassed the world record for largest ukulele ensemble, set at the London Ukulele Festival on June 20, but will not enter the record books because the actual number of players could not be verified. So full was the sold-out hall that room could not be found for the people who would count the number of players. [...]

The resulting performance was surprisingly quiet. The ukulele, invented a century after Beethoven’s death, is such a gentle instrument that even a 1,000 players failed to drown out the amplified instruments on the stage.


It's posted at The Box and I have 14 invites to give away...

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 21, 2009 7:01 AM
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