~~February 1, 2016~~
Cello, it’s me.
I was wondering if after all these centuries you’d like to meet.
When Adele’s ‘Hello’ Meets Mozart’s Lacrimosa
The Piano Guys
The meeting of Adele‘s “Hello” and Mozart‘s “Lacrimosa” is actually quite gorgeous. Made up of 100 acoustic and electric cellos, it is “a musical experiment bridging 18th century spiritualism and 21st century secularism,” though the two pieces might have more in common than you think.
Coming to us from The Piano Guys, the song has no pianos in it, but it does have an arrangement by Al van der Beek and Steven Sharp Nelson (that’s Nelson on those cellos). They affectionately refer to their hybrid song as “Chello” or “Hellocrimosa.”
You might not recognize “Lacrimosa” by name, but you have most certainly heard it before.
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~~Adele’s Hello Meets Mozart’s Lacrimosa~~
~~Published on Jan 28, 2016~~
Story behind the song
Imagine Mozart and Adele in the same room in an intense co-write session, quill and pen in hand, respectively. Picturing this hypothetical hangout helped to spark the creative combination of the two.
Haven’t heard “Lacrimosa” from Mozart’s Requiem? It is a powerful piece of music. Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhYCa…
As you can hear, both tunes’ divergent traits presented challenges. One wallows in a wide, painstakingly minor 12/8 time and the other drives a poignant bi-polar major/minor common time. One draws its power from the fullness of a grand chorus and orchestra, the other from the isolation of a lone voice and piano. One conforms to age-old counterpart canon and musical theory, while the other is conveyed via verse/chorus pop song parlance. However, they share the same fundamental feeling — “Lacrimosa” (meaning “weeping” or “tearful”) mournfully bemoans spiritual death, while “Hello” gripes about relationship regrets. Different centuries. Different realms. Same emotion. Perhaps we aren’t as far from our predecessors as we think we are.
You’ll hear towards the end of the tune an attempt by both motifs to meet in the middle as the two textured melodies intertwine. In their respective stories both plead for reconciliation. Neither seemed to find it apart, but together they sing of a second chance.
The sounds you hear were created by 100 tracks of acoustic and electric cello, an instrument that has been emoting for centuries – an apt candidate for the task of tying together “Hellocrimosa” (our alternate affectionate title).
This video was filmed at one of our favorite locations: Tuacahn Amphitheatre, utilizing different patterns and settings of giant mirrors, diffused light, and some very cold fog. How is the camera not reflected in the mirrors?
We ALL are ONE!!