This video of Slovakian violist Lukas Kmit improvising around Nokia’s signature ringtone is so good, many have thought it was a sly piece of advertising for the Finnish telecommunications giant.
The world-famous Nokia ringtone is actually a phrase from a composition for solo guitar, Gran Vals, by the Spanish classical guitarist and composer Francisco Tárrega, written in 1902. It has been the icon of Finnish corporation Nokia since the 1990s, becoming the first identifiable musical ringtone on a mobile phone, and has become a cult classic.
Here is a beautiful interpretation of the original valse, by classical guitarist Anika Hutschreuther. Probably the copyright of this song is owned by Microsoft now.