Queen’s operatic anthem ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is musical feat on its own but wait until you hear 28 trombonists tackle the timeless song in unison.
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ covers are hardly in short supply (can anything top Wayne’s World?) but this classical rendition delightfully titled ‘Bonehemian Rhapsody’ takes the highbrow approach and boasts some of the most talented brass players today from symphonies around the world.
Recorded during the 2018 International Trombone Festival, the clip was produced and organized by Christopher Bill, a trombonist and YouTuber, to help promote next year’s festival in Muncie, Indiana from 10-13 July 2019.
The International Trombone Festival was founded in 1971 to celebrate the life and legacy of the great trombone artist Emory Remington and continues to honour the instrument during the annual, multi-day festival.
As he shared on social media, Bill called the endeavour his “secret project” and the clip has already amassed well over one million views on Youtube.
Set up like a Brady Bunch-esque split-screen, the clip features close-ups of the different players of the brass choir and cuts to the music. The cover certainly does the song justice, capturing all of the emotional peaks and valleys of the 1975 classic.
Even without the blazing guitar solos, the brass band holds its own during the song’s epic crescendo, adding layer upon layer of brass force.
With the latest Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody breaking box office records left and right, Queen’s operatic anthem has returned to the zeitgeist and the charts, with the soundtrack giving the band their highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 for 38 years.
The Freddie Mercury-penned track from the group’s 1975 album, A Night at the Opera has also officially returned to the Hot 100 at No. 33, according to Nielsen Music. It also has 13.3 million US streams.
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