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

6 September 2017, 17:51 | Updated: 6 September 2017, 17:54

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...

Find Joachim on his website and on YouTube!