This is the weirdest vocal break I’ve ever heard in classical music

Imagine that you’re at a classical music concert. Everything is going as expected when suddenly a member of the orchestra–the violinist, apparently–STARTS SCREAMING HIS HEAD OFF!

What’s going on? This is not the kind of thing a one would hear during such a serious musical performance. Did he snap? Did he freak out at the conductor? Did he have a stroke?

No. He was just doing his part. It’s right here in the sheet music.

And if that’s not enough, the score also calls for the pianist to have a glass of whiskey.

This is the kind of classical music I could get into.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “This is the weirdest vocal break I’ve ever heard in classical music

  • February 27, 2019 at 8:53 am

    It’s a viola, not a violin.


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