This orchestra switched instruments and tried to play Strauss – and it was a train-wreck

11 April 2019, 13:16 | Updated: 11 April 2019, 13:28

The epic sounds of Richard Strauss’ ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’ have been ruined forever. And it’s hilarious.

So, we’re all aware of the magnificent orchestral masterpiece Also Sprach Zarathustra, aren’t we?

It’s the 2001: A Space Odyssey music, FYI:

Well, here’s a slightly less successful version of it. It appears that this now-legendary video wasn’t the work of a terrible orchestra – but in fact, a previously-competent orchestra that decided that they would swap instruments and see what happened. 

And then, some genius decided to add a video:

It seems this test is pretty commonplace for orchestras – here’s a clip of the usually-awesome Portsmouth Sinfonia, who tried it out with the same piece a few years ago.

Too good. Have a look at these other hilarious classical music fails.