Since 2006 nearly 47 million have viewed this video of Funtwo’s rock guitar version of Pachelbel’s Cannon. It’s made him an internet star, and even earned a mention in the NY Times. As a novelty, it’s an interesting performance, and breathes some life into that old warhorse of classical music. What’s lost is the profound gravitas of the Cannon, but then, after endless renditions from weddings to elevator muzak, that quality has long ago been leeched away.
Far more interesting is his version of Vivaldi’s “Summer” movement from the Four Seasons suite, which he plays in a dueling guitar style.
Whatever I may think about the deplorable cheese factor of these classics, there’s no doubt even to my amateur ears that Funtwo has enormous talent. Bombastic Rock lives on.