Kanye West's 'Yeezus' Meets Beethoven's Classics for 'Yeethoven'

The ultimate clash of sounds.

By
Music 
341 Hypes 0 Comments

You’ve heard the music of Drake, Migos and more filtered through a symphonic lens, and now it looks Kanye West‘s music is going to receive the orchestral treatment for an entire show. Specifically, Kanye’s 2013 LP Yeezus will receive its own live classical rework. As Pigeons & Planes notes, Los Angeles’ Debut Orchestra of the Young Musicians Foundation is launching a new concert series dubbed The Great Music Series. For the inaugural installment, the Debut Orchestra will perform a new act they’re calling “Yeethoven.” “Yeethoven” blends together the music of Yeezus with renowned Beethoven pieces like “String Quartet No. 14 (op. 131).” Explaining the event, “Conductor and Co-curator” Yuga Cohler shares the following statement:

The purpose of the Great Music Series is to explore the commonalities between the music of our times and classical masterpieces of the past. By highlighting the musical and cultural elements characteristic of all great music, the Series seeks to demonstrate that modern popular music is fundamentally similar to classical music. For its first instalment, the series will compare Kanye West and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Kanye West is one of the most famous, albeit divisive, people alive in America. Since his debut solo album in 2004, West has become increasingly prominent as a producer, rap artist, and cultural activist. Today, he is unquestionably one of the most influential figures in popular music and culture. Considering his larger-than-life artistic personality, there is no better comparison to him than Beethoven, the apotheosis of the classical tradition.

M.C.’d by myself and composer Stephen Feigenbaum, this concert will sonically illustrate the similarities between Kanye West’s latest album, Yeezus (orchestrated by Feigenbaum), and a variety of pieces by Beethoven. As the concert progresses, music by the two will become increasingly integrated, ultimately resulting in a total mash-up of the two. If you find this concert far-fetched, we invite you to come and listen – see if you can tell where Beethoven ends and Kanye begins.

The Yeethoven event will take place at the Aratani Theatre in Los Angeles on April 16, 2016. For more information, click here.

Read Full Article

Join Our Discussions on Discord

The HYPEBEAST Discord Server is a community where conversations on cultural topics can be taken further.

101 Users Online

What to Read Next

Gwen Stefani Lands a No. 1 Album With 'This Is What The Truth Feels Like'
Music 

Gwen Stefani Lands a No. 1 Album With 'This Is What The Truth Feels Like'

Congratulations.

You Can Download Kanye West's 'The Life of Pablo' Under One Condition
Music 

You Can Download Kanye West's 'The Life of Pablo' Under One Condition

Good news for those who bought the album through TIDAL.

Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor Rematch Scheduled for UFC 200
Sports

Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor Rematch Scheduled for UFC 200

Get your bets ready.


Nike Will Outfit the Air Presto in Flyknit This Summer
Footwear

Nike Will Outfit the Air Presto in Flyknit This Summer

Everything is better in Flyknit.

D.R.A.M. Reworks Missy Elliott for "Don't Let D.R.A.M. Be A Hot Boy"
Music 

D.R.A.M. Reworks Missy Elliott for "Don't Let D.R.A.M. Be A Hot Boy"

Remixing the 1999 song “Hot Boyz.”

Rick Owens DRKSHDW 2016 Spring/Summer Collection
Fashion

Rick Owens DRKSHDW 2016 Spring/Summer Collection

The American designer’s latest ready-to-wear pieces.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Help us serve you better

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads, where we can share contents from the latest fashion, to those culturally relevant. In adding HYPEBEAST to your ad blocker's whitelist, ads on our sites will show while you continue to browse.