Rossini’s Barber of Seville, but it’s played by two unbelievably jolly melodicas
11 October 2018, 11:28 | Updated: 11 October 2018, 11:31
A spectacular arrangement of Rossini’s Overture to The Barber of Seville for two melodicas (that’s one of those toy keyboards with a mouthpiece).
The Barber of Seville contains some of Rossini’s most hummable tunes, including the head-bobbing ‘Largo al factotum’ (also known as the ‘Figaro’ aria).
And here’s proof of its staying power: a new arrangement of the opera’s Overture, for two melodicas.
A melodica, also known as a pianica, blow-organ or key harmonica, works by blowing air through a mouthpiece that fits into the side of the instrument.
The video even features a brief appearance from an otomatone – a peculiar 90s Japanese invention which works as a musical synthesiser.