Beethoven’s 5th Performed as Salsa

Norwegian musician Sverre Indris Joner  leads a group of musicians to combine Beethoven’s Fifth with Salsa music, the result being a very spicy arrangement of the opening movement of Beethoven’s Symphony.

Sverre Indris Joner is particularly known for popularising Latin American music in Norway. The musician has adapted and arranged many popular European classical music pieces, such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Eine kleine Nachtmusik”, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, and Johann Strauss II’s “The Blue Danube”, by employing various elements of salsa music, such as son.

The “Classic Meets Cuba” arrangements were performed for the first time by Joner and his band Hovedøen Social Club in October 2009. In addition to adapting classical music pieces to Latin music, Joner got involved throughout his career in various other orchestral and symphonic projects

If Beethoven was Latin, he would have composed his 5th symphony this way.

Many other clips from Joner’s program “Classic Meets Cuba” are popular on Youtube, such as arrangements of StraussTsjaikovskiMozartBizet and Bach.

Now how about a Bach Brandenburg Concerto in Salsa?


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