Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, but it’s an Afro-Venezuelan percussion spectacular

6 September 2017, 17:51

Dmitri's San Millán

Have you ever heard Afro-Venezuelan Shostakovich?


By Maddy Shaw Roberts

Yep, bet you didn’t see that title coming. You’ve definitely never heard Shostakovich like this before.

Joachim Horsley has arranged the second movement of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 in an Afro-Venezuelan style called ‘San Millán’, and it is literally amazing.

The symphony, originally written for a full orchestra, is played on a piano, a muted piano bass, piano percussion, a maraca, a shaker and a clarinet, accompanied by a snare drum and a classic Latin American guiro. Which is this:

Guiro instrument

You might also have seen it in frog-form:

Guiro frog instrument

Here is Shostakovich’s original Symphony No. 10 for comparison:

Joachim also did this toe-tapping Cuban rumba version of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, which got over a million views on YouTube...

Beethoven In Havana

Beethoven's Seventh Symphony as you've never heard it before – from Joachim Horsley


Find Joachim on his website and on YouTube!

Classic FM Apps

Get the Classic FM app for iPhone, iPad and Android - now with HD audio

Musical abbreviations quiz asset

You won’t get 20/20 on this quiz if you don’t know your musical abbreviations

musician would you rather

This musician edition of Would You Rather is completely excruciating

greatest best man speech

Everyone is saying this pianist gave the greatest best man speech of all time