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Ravel on the Vuvuzela

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Those of you who think Germans can’t laugh have not lived in Germany. Die Zeit (The Time), a left-leaning German weekly newspaper that is highly respected for its quality journalism, has recorded a vuvuzela mini-concert. In this charming video, three brass players from the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, led by “ensemble abrassador,” Helge von Niswandt, give a mock-solemn demonstration of the musical properties of the vuvuzela. They do their level best with the chorale theme from Brahms’s First Symphony — “the famed vuvuzela chorale” — and a bit of Ravel’s Boléro.


  1. #1 01jack
    June 29, 2010

    I laughed so hard the dog ran ran into the room to see what’s up. Watch Helge’s face grow redder and redder playing Bolero.

  2. #2 Lassi Hippeläinen
    June 29, 2010

    But Hitler doesn’t like Die Vuvuzela (feminine?!?)…

  3. #3 Murray
    June 29, 2010

    I heard part of the “Bolero” and wondered how long it would be before we hear the vuvuzelas on our playing fields !!

  4. #4 Ron Sullivan
    June 30, 2010

    Oh, THANK you.

  5. #5 catta
    July 3, 2010

    @Lassi: part of what makes Germany do so well is that we stopped giving a flying **** about what Hitler thinks a while ago. ;)

  6. #6 idlemind
    July 5, 2010

    There is something very Pythonesque about this performance. Could British humor now be infecting Germany?

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