Tan Dun’s YouTube Symphony

Tan Dun's "Internet Symphony No. 1: Eroica" is a YouTube hit(Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pastalane/)
Tan Dun's "Internet Symphony No. 1: Eroica" is a YouTube hit(Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pastalane/)

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:

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