Reconfiguring the classics – a Max Richter short.


[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTapNp-31rU%5D

A little musical geekery for those of you interested in classical music, minimalist music, reconfigurations of the “greats”, and the ever-interesting Max Richter. The fact of having to wait until 2013 for this album release is a bit maddening on the heels of this teaser video – but wait I will, in anticipation of hearing Vivaldi turned inside out. An ambitious project from one of my favourite contemporary composers – Richter actually undertook to rewrite the Four Seasons on a note level – leaving in the main figures and patterns which make Vivaldi’s music so recognizable to our western ears, while changing (as he says) 3/4s of the notes in the score. This seven-minute video gives a bit of the story and a taste of what that project has in store musically.

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