Beethoven Symphony 9 (Electric Rock Edition, Pt 4/4)

4.Presto. Allegro assai

Adapted from Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 in D minor, Op.125 (1824).
This “rock” arrangement (guitars, keys, bass, drums) of Beethoven’s original composition for orchestra was created by Ed Chang. This newly-rendered adaptation is a manipulated “SynthFont” derivation from a conventional symphonic transcription (in MIDI) sequenced by DL Viens.

A project of The Daily Beethoven:


Boilerplate: These tracks were created for my own use to better understand Beethoven’s classical works. As an electric guitarist, I “hear” guitar and drums better than violin, so these helped me to follow the different melodic and harmonic turns that Beethoven used in his frankly still-revolutionary compositions. Weird syncopations and awkward double-stops and trills on violin sound even more exciting in today’s musical vernacular IMHO, and when you add drums doubling the bass melodies it gets pretty close to fusion/technical metal – tho the most complex metal you’ll ever hear. Of course these are generated from “MIDI” sequences and triggered soundfonts (samples) so there’s a little bit of an auditory leap of faith necessary. Have some fun and don’t expect to find Furtwangler or Barenboim here….more like Zappa or King Crimson…maybe some Doors? Merzbow?

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