I ran across what has to be one of the funniest classical music videos I’ve ever seen in some time. Apparently, it’s been circulating online for a few months but I just ran across it on a webpage belonging to a friend of mine who is a professional orchestra trumpet player in Florida…
It is difficult to find the words to properly describe this video but at the very least, I can promise it will leave you smiling (and cringing) for the rest of the day. So long as no one out there actually thinks "the secret to Pops concerts is apparently a black spandex unitard, some tinsel, and a bedazzler" we won’t have to worry about seeing this live any time soon.
Fortunately, there’s some excellent Star Wars/Classical Music parody out there to help clear that last video out of your head. A few weeks ago, the series Family Guy broadcast a very clever parody on the first Star Wars movie that includes a great bit on John Williams and Danny Elfman. What’s really funny from this clip is that you have to have more than a casual understanding of commercial classical music to get the gag and the fact that the show’s creators decided to fill valuable air time with what is essentially an inside gag is a good sign that maybe, just maybe, classical music isn’t so far removed from the cultural consciousness as we sometimes think.
Hopefully, the video below is still available. If not, try doing a Google Video search for "Family Guy+Star Wars+John Williams"