Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Weiner Philharmoiker Fanfare

In doing research for a paper, I came across this video taken from what appears the middle of the trombone section of the VPO brass. Of course the sound quality is lacking, but I think it's actually pretty cool to hear the ensemble from this perspective (lots of tuba!).

This piece was originally composed by Strauss for the first Vienna Philharmonic Ball, now an annual benefit event. You'll notice that the music is repeated many times as it's purpose is to accompany the procession of guests (dignitaries and otherwise important people).

As a testament to the skill of these players, after five minutes of very heavy playing, the horns belt out the final high B flats in the finale with apparent ease. If only we all had that kind of endurance.

1 comment:

  1. You're right, this is a great perspective! I wish that there were more videos out there taken from the performer
    s perspective, it gives you a very different view of the music and can be very entertaining.