Classical music with salsa rhythm

by C. I. Roman. 0 Comments

It isnt often that I stray into the world of modern music, but what is happening lately really deserved the dedication of one of my columns. Why? Because this phenomenon is so innovative that I would hate for my readers to miss out on this.

In this world where the remake and modernization of shows and movies has become common place, why not carry it into classical music? If, however, you are a purist you may not enjoy this cacophony of melding salsa sounds.

I, for one, really enjoyed the arrangements especially since I see that it is a way to attract the younger audience to some of the most memorable classical music of the world.

Never in a million years would I have put the rhythm and musical excitement that salsa music produces with the time-honored composition of Beethoven. Beethovens Fifth Symphony in C Minor is one of his best known compositions often used as background music for cartoons and commercials. It comprises four movements that Beethoven was so prodigious at working into one score.

Salsa music developed in the New York of the 1950s when musicians from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico and South America came to perform and brought with them their innovative musical compositions to the great metropolis.

Each musician brought their own native rhythms and musical forms with them, but as they listened and played music with each other, the musical influences mixed, fused and evolved. It is no surprise that it would eventually reach classical music, and no better example of a classical masterpiece than Beethovens Fifth Symphony.

Where some might see it as a desecration of a classic, I believe that even Mr. Beethoven would be pleased since he himself stretched the boundaries of music in his time.

I have included a video of Beethovens Immortal Fifth Symphony to prove my point that music can cross cultural and geographic boundaries and still be true to the original composition by incorporating a balance of musical instruments and rhythm from another musical form. Let me know if this innovative rhythm doesnt send you out to the dance floor with its toe tapping rhythm.

Carmen Ileana Romn writes a monthly column for

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