This chamber music duel is like a rap battle for the classical set

"Dueling Banjos" is for wimps. 


Miles Klee


Published Apr 28, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 10:01 am CDT

Think classical concertos are fusty and irrelevant? You couldn’t be more wrong, and the ladies of Hamburg chamber music quartet Salut Salon aren’t going to stand for it. 

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Below, watch the fiery foursome outperform one another in a piece that resembles a freestyle rap battle crossed with West Side Story—yet features nothing more than a piano, a cello, two violins, and three well-rosined bows. Plus a whole lot of attitude, of course.

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If only all artistic beefs could be resolved so harmonically.

Photo by Matt Trudeau/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Apr 28, 2014, 12:35 pm CDT