Watch this truly virtuosic double bass monologue that’s almost impossible to play

12 May 2016, 14:51

double bass failing

Bassist Corey Schutz grapples with this insanely difficult piece that requires the soloist to narrate his own struggle in real time.

Normally, when a musician performs a particularly difficult piece of music, they are not required to read out a text at the same time.

And when that text is a meta-commentary on exactly how tricky the performance is, and how badly it might be going, then things become dazzlingly difficult.

Here’s bassist Corey Schutz performing Tom Johnson’s ’Failing - A Very Difficult Piece for Solo String Bass’:

Classic FM Apps

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

TwoSet Violin

TwoSet Violin are launching a crowdfunded world tour

Get Lucky Music History

Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' in every classical music style is both educational and impressive

Sunny Li Liszt Piano Workout

This pianist plays Liszt on four pianos and it's a full-on workout