Moonlight - Electric Cello (Inspired by Beethoven) - The Piano Guys





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Published on Jul 14, 2011

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Moonlight was inspired by the great composer Ludwig Van Beethoven and his masterpiece "Moonlight Sonata," written for piano. It was written for piano, of course, because the electric cello had yet to be invented...

"I used both of my 5-string electric cellos (one tuned extra high and one extra low) and the acoustic cellos to give this piece a unique feel and a high level of emotion.

I used another melody from Beethoven -- try and guess what it is (guess before you scroll down to the credits where it is listed!) It starts at 1:21 and reoccurs throughout the tune. This melody happened spontaneous in the studio and saved the tune from a bad case of writer's block." -Steven Sharp Nelson

Music produced by Al van der Beek & Steven Sharp Nelson
Written and performed by Steven Sharp Nelson
Inspired by Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" and the melody from Beethoven's 7th Symphony, 2nd movement (Allegretto)
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Al van der Beek at TPG Studios
Video produced by Paul Anderson and Shaye Scott of ThePianoGuys

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Organic Giraffe
lol i got bored one time and played it at 1.25 speed, now i can't go back to the normal speed haha
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I can do all that stuff, too. Well, except for the Cello playing. And the drums. Oh, and the piano. I can't do that, either. I could probably hang out in the desert. Maybe.
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Nikki's weird
Honey where are you taking the piano? Antarctica...
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Lizzy  Mentzer
This is true music better than the annoying pop music that my generation listens to.
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Thras Stefanidis
Found this song in 2013 or 2014 and its still my favorite song since then! <3 And I'm even a metal fan, I don't even like classic music that much but The Piano Guys have something so unique in the way they make their songs that makes me love them!
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Brian Moon
Amazing... It has many different parts, but all by one person... Even with editing, it is extremely difficult to keep it all together... Like, you need the tempo right, and match each part together...
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Keziah Lillian
whos watching this amazing piece of art in 2016!!!!!!
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Everlasting Spring
For some reason, all instrumentalists look like they're high while playing.
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Quelaan Underverse
When they say you can't rock to classical music, present them with this. These guys rocked it!
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Torilinn Cwanek
It's so weird seeing Steve play the piano
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