Michael Meets Mozart - 1 Piano, 2 Guys, 100 Cello Tracks - The Piano Guys





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Published on May 17, 2011

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After our Taylor Swift Coldplay mash-up, lots of people wanted more song combos. This led us to the creation of a cool hip hop/classical mash-up, but again we could not get permission. Instead of scrapping the great ideas, we used them to create an original tune. You will hear influences and inspiration from other artists. Try and guess them.

On the recording, Steven Sharp Nelson laid down over 100 tracks including cello textures never known possible. Every single sound on the video was made using only the instruments shown: piano, cello, mouth percussion and kick drum. We utilized some cool effects on lots of stuff...for example the U2-style delay on Steve's pizzicato at the beginning.

The extra string on the electric cellos (the black cello has an extra high string and the white cello has an extra low string) allowed us to cover the full range of the orchestra. The deep bass drum sound is a bump on the body of the cello with a little help from some effects. The shaker sound was created by Steve rubbing rosin on his bow. The record scratch is Steve scratching a quarter on the strings...you get the idea.

Produced by Jon Schmidt
Arrangement written by Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson & Al van der Beek
Co-produced by Chuck E. Meyers & Jake Bowen
Piano recorded at Big Idea Studios by Jake Bowen
Cello recorded at TPG Studios by Al van der Beek

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This video was filmed at The Muse in Provo, Utah.

Video Production Crew

Paul Anderson

Director & Director of Photography:
Devin Graham

Behind the Scenes Video:
Shaye Scott

David Thorpe

Piano Movers:
Jeremy Crawford & Frank Nelson
(They're the only guys I trust to move this piano)

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    • Michael Meets Mozart
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Comments • 11,867

Livin' Free
LOVE this!! My favourite Piano Guys video!
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Rachel Dennison
I want to know...How do people not like them??
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Elias E
More of this! It's amazing... The world can use more people like these guys and less dumb vines
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unwanted angel
I'm going to see The Piano Guys tonight. I hope they do this song.
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Emily E.
This is an unbelievably beautiful piece. I love this a lot!
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Brian Moon
1:40 just play that on loop... I LAUGH. Jon just smacks the piano, then lifts his hand and yells YOW!
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Jency Petersen
Oh my gosh it is a five-stringed electric cello! I want one of those so I can mess up playing the cello even more than I do now! 3 years and still having trouble shifting on a four-stringed one.
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Mirian Kelly Pieczekolan
Brasileiros por ai? Não canso de ouvir!
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Michael Jackson my favorite artist and Mozart, my favorite classical music componist. Mixed together. NOT BAD :)
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Jaiden Oliver
This definitely is partly based on Smooth Criminal
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