How Beethoven 7th got a Cuban beat

How Beethoven 7th got a Cuban beat


norman lebrecht

March 04, 2017

Joachim Horsley discovered it.

We like: Beethoven’s 7th, Movement 2, performed in a Cuban Rumba style, with all instruments created from the piano itself.



  • V.Lind says:

    All that needed was Ed Balls and Katya!

  • Una Barry says:

    Wonderfully refreshing, but then the 7th, as Wagner called it, is the apotheosis of the dance!!

    Bring on Ed Balls!!!

  • Peter Freeman says:

    A vile, tasteless desecration! What does it prove? That it can be done? So what!

  • John Borstlap says:

    Why use such a serious and beautiful work…. and not invent something yourself that is more compatible with the performance idea?

    • Sue says:

      Agree. Some things are sacrosanct and Beethoven is one of them.

      • HM says:

        Except that Beethoven the great keyboard improviser, wrote variations on others’ music, including the sacrosanct Mozart. It’s a tribute, and speaks to great music’s ability to remain relevant some 200 years after its composition.

  • Peter Freeman says:

    Agreed, John and Sue, and very eloquently expressed if I may say so

  • Stanley Cohen says:

    Love it – and even Wagner was right! To those sniffing – what conceivable harm does it do?

  • Victor Trahan says:

    Love it and I’m sure that Beethoven would not object. Earl Wild would relish it.
    Liszt would also be amazed at that transcription. No music is set in stone. Relax.

    The great composers all did it. Are we now going to chastise Beethoven, Liszt, Bach, Rachmaninov, Wagner and others for ‘tampering’ with original works? It is not a desecration but a tribute to a great symphony.

  • Jon Eiche says:

    How delightful that this stirring music (the original is a funeral march) can be so convincingly transformed. Isn’t music wonderful?

  • M2N2K says:

    Delightful. It does not hurt Beethoven at all, but rather proves the greatness of this movement once again and in a new original way.

  • Nick says:

    Boy, there are so many IDIOTS who do that and on top of that there are ones who publicize it and bring it to public attention, further ruining the taste and promoting utmost disrespect for music.
    Schreklich und idiotisch!