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The Evolution of Cartoon Music

The Evolution of Cartoon Music

From the Mickey Mouse to Muppet Babies to the latest Japanese anime, cartoons have a long history of memorable theme songs. Stoic pianist Lord Vinheteiro looks takes us back in the rewind machine with a great medley of songs from animated programs from 1928 to the present day.

The Cat Concerto Live

The Cat Concerto Live

Way back when, there was a Tom and Jerry cartoon that featured Tom cat attempting to to play a concert while Jerry mouse tried to nap inside of his piano. CANACANA pays tribute to Hanna Barbera’s melding of music and animation by performing Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 synced up perfectly with the cartoon.

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Sonic Sounds on Piano

Sonic Sounds on Piano

Sonic the Hedgehog is still one of the greatest platformers of all time, with memorable characters, amazing level design, and a fantastic soundtrack. Pianist Lord Vinheteiro didn’t just cover the Green Hill Zone theme song, but performed it in sync with the action on screen, complete with sound effects.

Video Killed the Piano Star

Video Killed the Piano Star

Ireland-based musician Luke T Duffy shares a wonderful piano cover of the seminal MTV classic, the Buggles’ 1979 hit Video Killed the Radio Star. Be sure to check out some of Luke’s original compositions on Soundcloud.

Chop Suey: Grand Piano Edition

Chop Suey: Grand Piano Edition

While visiting Viennna, musician Viktoria Yermolyeva stopped by the showroom of vaunted piano maker Bösendorfer, and decided to tickle the ivories a bit with a tune we’re pretty sure has never been played in their store before, System of a Down’s 2001 hit Chop Suey.

Insanely Difficult William Tell Overture

Insanely Difficult William Tell Overture

Jacob Koller goes by the nickname “The Mad Arranger” because he loves to take relatively straightforward pieces of music and amp up the difficulty to 9000. Here, he takes Rossini’s familiar William Tell Overture and turns it into a supremely tricky jazz version. His arrangement of Mission Impossible is worth a listen too.

A Decade of Movie Music (2010s)

A Decade of Movie Music (2010s)

Pianist Samuel Fu rings in the new decade by paying tribute to the past 10 years of movie music, performing a wonderful medley of 45 cinematic tracks from movies like The Avengers, Frozen, Pacific Rim, and Skyfall among others.

10 Famous Piano Riffs

10 Famous Piano Riffs

Doctor Mix performs a medley of incredibly recognizable keyboard riffs, from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody to Vince Guaraldi’s classic theme from The Peanuts. If you don’t groove along to the music at least a couple of times while listening, we’d be shocked.

Eye of the Tiger: Piano Cover

Eye of the Tiger: Piano Cover

Musician Eric Case rises up, straight to the top with this exuberant arrangement of Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger, performed on grand piano. Case doesn’t pull any punches as his fingers fly across the ivories, adding lots of flourishes to the Rocky III hit track.

Sunflower on Cello

Sunflower on Cello

Callin’ it quits now, baby, I’m a wreck. But first, let’s listen to this warm and buttery cover version of Post Malone and Swae Lee’s Sunflower, performed by GnuS Cello, with accompaniment on piano and guitar.

Super Mario Bros. Ragtime Style

Super Mario Bros. Ragtime Style

If the Nintendo Entertainment System came out in the 1920s instead of the 1980s, the music its games played might have sounded a bit like the ragtime jazz piano arranged and played brilliantly here by musician Scott Bradlee.

World Music

World Music

It turns out that when you plug in a drawing of some of the major continents into MIDI sequencing software, it actually makes a surprisingly pleasant little tune. Be sure to listen to the U.S., Europe, South America, and Africa by themselves too.

Bohemian Rhapsody Piano Cover

Bohemian Rhapsody Piano Cover

Musician Costantino Carrara takes Queen’s iconic 1975 rock opera track and turns it into an equally impressive classical piano piece, packed with wonderful flourishes, and epic transitions. Think you can keep up with Costantino’s fingers? Buy the sheet music here.

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Vinheteiro Broke His Hand

Vinheteiro Broke His Hand

You might know Lord Vinheteiro from his many entertaining piano videos. After a tragic run-in with a mechanical bull and an under-inflated air mattress, he broke a digit on one of his hands. Here, Vin goes on record to explain the incident, healthcare in Brazil, and how he will go on.

AC/DC vs. Beethoven

AC/DC vs. Beethoven

Musician Peter Bence captured a live-looped sample of his performance of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, then used its energetic rhythm to segue into a version of AC/DC’s Thunderstruck, which features a similarly intense pace. The two compliment each other so well, you’d think they were one song.

Cheap vs. Expensive Pianos

Cheap vs. Expensive Pianos

You can spend a few hundred bucks on a used upright piano, or hundreds of thousands or more on a concert grand. So what’s the difference? Musician Vinheteiro decided to play the same passage of music on six pianos of escalating values to see if we could tell them apart. Once we got past $50,000, we had trouble.

Classical Music Mashup III

Classical Music Mashup III

Musician Grant Woolard follows up his previous two classical music clips with a new medley of 70 tunes performed on piano, as more heads of composers bounce their way across the musical staff. Many of the greats are represented, from Beethoven, to Bach, to Strauss, to Mozart, to Chopin, and more. Rick Roll at 0:39.

Super Mario World: “Athletic” Jam

Super Mario World: “Athletic” Jam

The multitalented Aaron Grooves and Jared Charney Cohen collaborated for this fun tap dance, piano, and xylophone performance of the “Athletic” theme music from Super Mario World. If you need a smile today, this video should do the trick.

Grand Piano Island

Grand Piano Island

Pianist Pavel Andreev performs in one of the most exclusive venues we’ve ever seen – on a man-made floating square island in the middle of the lake in Karelia, Russia’s stunning marble canyon. They had to lower the piano on a crane from above, then floated it into the lake.

Pirates of the Carribean: Piano Cover

Pirates of the Carribean: Piano Cover

Avast ye, and shiver me timbers! Musician Peter Bence is back with another rousing grand piano cover, this time taking on the familiar theme music from Pirates of the Caribbean, composed by Hans Zimmer and Klaus Badelt. This guy can tickle our ivories any day.

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Rhapsody of Queen

Rhapsody of Queen

Pianist Eshan Denipitiya presents a virtuosic medley of three classic Queen tracks performed flawlessly on the grand piano. He goes on to ask us which is our favorite, but can you really choose between Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are The Champions? and We Will Rock You?

Mario Grand Piano Medley

Mario Grand Piano Medley

Classical pianist Martin Leung dropped by the University of Michigan’s Britton Recital Hall to perform a medley of tracks from the world of Mario Bros., kicking things off with the classic Super Mario Bros. theme – and just to show off, he did that first bit blindfolded. If it seems familiar, he first performed the medley back in 2007.

Cartoon Piano Medley

Cartoon Piano Medley

Not too long ago, we enjoyed pianist Florian Mohr’s medley of hip-hop tunes, and now he’s back with a compilation of 40 themes from cartoon and anime TV series, from Family Guy to The Flintstones, to Spongebob Squarepants, along with a handful of lesser known shows.

Brooklyn Duo: Yellow

Brooklyn Duo: Yellow

Look at the stars. Look how they shine for you. Musicians Marnie and Patrick Laird aka the Brooklyn Duo are back with another heartfelt performance, this time bringing their piano and cello talents to the Coldplay track Yellow. Even if the original didn’t give you the feels, this version surely will.

Hip-Hop Piano Medley

Hip-Hop Piano Medley

From Dr. Dre to Eminem to Biz Markie, here are 40 popular rap and hip hop songs as you’ve never heard them before. Listen as musician Florian Mohr tickles the ivories in this toned-down, one-take piano medley of these classics.

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