Tan Dun’s YouTube Symphony
Last year, one of the interesting uses of the internet was composer Tan Dun‘s creation of his “Internet Symphony No. 1: Eroica.”
Musicians from around the world submitted YouTube videos of themselves performing Tan Dun’s music as an audition. The best players were selected to form the “YouTube Symphony Orchestra” for a performance of that piece and other works at a concert at Carnegie Hall, which took place last April.
I hadn’t heard the audition piece, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a very polished performance of it with the composer conducting the London Symphony Orchestra on – surprise, surprise – YouTube. It’s not very long and, as the title suggests, makes a reference to Beethoven‘s 3rd Symphony. Here it is: