Musical One-Upmanship Demonstrates Quirky Quartet’s Talent
“Anything you can do, I can do better.” Â So sang Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun. Â Whether it’s on ice skates, in Cirque de Soleil, or in a concert hall, clowning around often is more difficult than playing it straight.
Victor Borge set the tone for Classical comedy, followed quickly by Peter Schickele’s alter-ego P.D.Q. Bach. Â Both entertained audiences on many levels. Â The physical schtick was one aspect of the joke, but there were many layers to the comedy onion. Â Both Borge and Schickele had musical chops, which enabled them to make the jokes work.
There is a German quartet whose videos are flying around social media, Salut Salon, which is both talented and hilarious. Â Charles Ives loved to mix melodies up into a musical soup, but Vivaldi, Mozart, Kurt Weill, and Mission Impossible?
Here’s hoping Salut Salon comes soon to a theater near us.
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If your German is fluent, here is an example of their musical talents.