Written by Laurie Niles
Published: March 31, 2014 at 10:26 PM [UTC]
"As a violinist dedicated to his art, I have always looked for ways to help the Greater Good," Gil said. "When I heard that classical music was being used to drive loiterers away, I knew I had finally found my calling. I hope people enjoy this album...or not. Whatever."
The question remains, can Gil Shaham truly drive away anybody with his playing? Consider the play list: Bizet (arr. Sarasate): Introduction from Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25; Fauré: Sicilienne Op.78; Fileuse Op. 80. No. 2 from Pelléas et Mélisande; Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat, Op. 20: iii. Scherzo; Mozart: Sonata in E-flat, K. 302: ii Rondeau; Prokofiev (trans. Heifetz): March from Love for Three Oranges; Prokofiev: Andante from Five Melodies, Op. 35; Chen/He: Theme from Butterfly Lovers Concerto; Sarasate: Navarra for 2 violins, Op. 33; Edwards: Chorale from Maninyas; Sibelius: 3rd movement from Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47; Williams: “Remembrances” from Schindler’s List; Bloch: “Nigun” from Baal Shem; Dorman: Scherzo from Nigunim (Violin Sonata No.3); and Sarasate: Zapateado Op.23 No.2.
Will people respond to violin music the way they do to Rick Astley and run away? Might it all backfire and actually attract appreciative listeners? Or is this all a big joke?
Track 2 and 3 are the same.
Whether this would be any more or less effective than the ghastly 'pop' music which is played in some supermarkets these days is debatable - it certainly makes sure I do not loiter. (This is not a general judgement on pop music - some of which is definitely not ghastly).
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