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Classical Notes: November 15, 2007 Archive

Beer Bottle Orchestra

Posted at 4:00 AM on November 15, 2007 by John Birge (6 Comments)

The composer Richard Strauss loved making musical pictures, the more detailed the better. He once said: "I want to be able to depict in music a glass of beer so accurately that every listener can tell whether it is a Pilsner or a Kulmbacher."

With that in mind, Herr Strauss, we give you an orchestra of beer bottles. The Melbourne Symphony, playing the jingle for Victoria Bitter, on "authentic instruments," as it were:

And if you have a few extra minutes, watch how they did it:

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