One-Man String Quartet's Mozart Arrangement Will Blow Your Mind
Four parts. One violinist. One epic arrangement. Also in this week's roundup: demystifying Baby Einstein, the astronauts who loved classical music, and the truth about those songs that get stuck in your head.
1. Music theorist Megan Lavengood had a mystery to solve: what were the classical pieces loaded into the "Baby Einstein Take-Along Tunes" toy her baby loved? Some of them were easy to figure out, but some stumped even her. Follow the journey she took to solve the mystery on her blog here.
2. We've seen this meme floating around the internet, and we've been waiting for someone to make a hilarious classical music version. Enter pianist Sharon Su:
3. Earworms — those sometimes-annoying bits of music that play on repeat in your head — serve a pretty important purpose, researchers have discovered: they help us process memories! Here's the whole story.
4. Did you know that astronauts from the Gemini and Apollo missions loved classical music? Brian Lauritzen, our friend at KUSC, put together this fascinating thread:
Happy #MoonLanding anniversary! 🌕 Rather than gawking at billionaires in space today, I'm celebrating the OG orbiters. Did you know that several of the Gemini/Apollo astronauts are classical music fans and listened to classical music while on the way to the moon? pic.twitter.com/vvqsgr48RZ— Brian Lauritzen, pfully Pfizered💉💉 (@lauritzen_brian) July 20, 2021
2. "One-Man String Quartet" Roman Kim plays Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik all by his lonesome — and does a remarkably good job of it, too!