Monday, February 13, 2012

Everything I know about classical music

Today on Facebook I cheekily wrote, "Everything I know about classical music, I've learned from being put on hold" after waiting to speak to my medical insurance customer service about a snafu in billing. (And by "snafu" I mean they sent me a bill for something I shouldn't have to pay for.)

I was mostly trying to be glib and funny when I wrote that because in reality, most of my classical music knowledge comes from another non-traditional source: gymnastics floor routines. Just as I learned the republics of the former Soviet Union by the gymnasts they "exported," I learned about pieces of music that weren't played on Top 40 radio from the routines of gymnasts. Here are a few of my favorites.

In the Hall of the Mountain King (performed by Ludivine Furnon):

The Rite of Spring (performed by Olga Strazheva)

Carmen (performed by Svetlana Khorkina)

A little Gershwin (performed  by Olesia Dudnik)

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