This brief installment of On The Money with Peter Hébert is a 14 minute and 57 second medley of classical selections and electric guitar performances titled “The Classics Rock.” As one described classical music, “a classic is that it holds universal themes and stands the test of time to appeal to many generations.” In keeping with this sentiment, this medley weaves the subtle and delicate elements from the great composers of the past and the great guitar performers of the present to whom we should all sit up to take notice.
These include Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s the 1812 Overture, the German composer Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana: O Fortuna layered with Rick Wakemen’s rendition of the opening of Awaken as background, the German composer Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony Number 5 in C Major as performed by the American guitarist Danney Alkana, Beethoven’s Symphony Number 9 in D Minor, Opus 125 “Choral”: II. Molto Vivace, Stacey Blades picks up with his brief unrestrained performance on the electric guitar of a segment of the 1812 Overture, Metal Patriots continues, and the finale from Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture is performed by none other than the Ljubljana Symphony Orchestra with Anton Nanut, and Marko Munih.
You might think I’m bloody mad for mixing completely different musical styles and thus creating anachronistic or vulgar art. But let me borrow a few lines from Pink Floyd’s record album Dark Side of the Moon. I’ve been mad for fucking years, absolutely years. I’ve been over the edge for yonks. Been working with bands so long, I went crazy…. I’ve always been mad, I know I’ve been mad, like the most of us are. It’s very hard to explain why you’re mad, even if you’re not mad.
This is about the sense of urgency, the melodic seduction, and the power of the many calling voices, the beating timpani, the bowing cellos, the tooting french horns, and the bending strings on a great guitar playing through a tube amp for the harmonics. And, indeed … the majesty of creative wonder comes from being close to the edge, down by the river … that refreshes, quenches, and restores one’s soul. Please. Out of courtesy to others, turn off your cell phones during this performance.