Before we begin our post for today, Maggie and I have some big news to share: We’ve officially started adding sheet music to our site! We hope to upload more sheet music soon; we’ll keep you posted! Thanks so much for reading our blog; we love your support. Now, on to our post: Musical Records.
There are tons of records out there!
Records for athletics, hobbies, and records for all kinds of weird, wacky stuff that I don’t even understand; for example, who would want to eat ghost chili peppers for a world record?! There are also records for, you guessed it, music! That’s what this post is all about: weird, funny, and classic musical records.
1. The Fastest Violinist- record set by Ben Lee
The video below is an interview with Ben Lee after he won the Guinness World record for fastest violinist. Ben Lee averaged 15 notes a second and completed his performance in 54.24 seconds; he performed the classic speed test: Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
2. The Most Instruments Used in a Piece of Music
In 2013, Rupam Sarmah composed and directed a work which calls for 315 different instruments: A Musical Journey for World Peace. A total of 476 performers played it on stage in Jorhat, India, thus setting the record for the most instruments used in a musical composition.
5. The Longest Piece Ever
The longest classical piece was composed by Mat Richter and aired in September, 2015 between the wee hours of 12:00 and 8:00 AM. You read it right! Mr. Richter’s composition, titled Sleep, was aired to the citizens of Berlin as they slept-just as the composer had requested. Watch the video to hear a shortened, 1 hour version.
6. The Longest and Slowest Piece Ever Performed
The slowest piece ever written is being performed right now in Halberstadt, Germany. It is called AS sLow aS Possible, shortened it reads ASLSP. The piece was started in 2001 and is scheduled to end in 2640, a total performance time of 639 years! Why 639 years? Well, exactly 639 years ago (in the year 2001) Nicholas Faber built the first church organ, and since this extraordinary piece is played on its own custom-made organ, it was only fitting to match the organ’s history to the piece. ASLSP was written by composer John Cage. For more information click here.
7. The Most Expensive Instrument
The most expensive instrument is the Vieuxtemps violin made by Antonius Stradivari. It was bought anonymously at auction for $16 million dollars and the new owner has since donated the 273 year old instrument to American concert violinist: Anne Akiko Meyers, on loan for the rest of her life.
8. The Largest Musical Ensemble
The largest musical ensemble took place in Taiwan; the entire ensemble consisted of 4,645 young violinists between the ages of 12-15. A Guinness World Record supervisor remarked, “The sound of over 4,000 violinists playing together in harmony was like nothing I’ve ever experienced, and it was made all the more amazing to think that the last time anyone heard a sound like that was over 80 years ago, when the last record was set in at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 1925.”
And that concludes my post on musical records. Hope you enjoyed!
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