Parodying the Classics

History has produced few artists as versatile as the incomparable Dudley Moore (1935-2002)–actor, singer, comedian, pianist, and composer. Though best known for his acting in films like Arthur, Micki & Maude, and 10, his first love was music.  I have always been enamored with the ways in which he combined superb skills as a jazz and classical pianist with outlandish comedic wit.

In the first hilarious video, Moore uses the famous whistling tune from Bridge Over the River Kawai as the theme for a Sonata composed in the style of Beethoven.

Here, Moore “continues to play with himself,” as he interprets Schubert’s Erlkönig.  How on Earth did he do this?

And if you’d still like more, check out these renditions of songs by Benjamin Britten (Little Miss Muffet, nonetheless) and Kurt Weill.

While there are hundreds of thousands of great performances captured on tape, the music videos featured on TSM blog feature musical creations that are unusual, innovative, humorous, or otherwise purple. This collection is fun–perhaps a stress reliever or diversion at a late night bash! It also provides you with an opportunity to discover new and creative musicians.

Let us know if you’d like to see a video here. ENJOY!!!

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