Rock Music on Classical Instruments?

For our spring orchestra concert at my school, I convinced my teacher to pick an arrangement of 21 Guns by Green Day as one of our pieces. Why pick 21 Guns over Don't Stop Believing? Because I like it better. THAT's why :P

So...I was wondering. Has anyone else played an EPIC rock/punk/alternative or just something totally UN-CLASSICAL on a classical insturment? Perhaps something as awesome as a Green Day song?

I play violin btw xD

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nof-z4 years ago
i have played this thing called 80s flash back, in it was awsome, also look here for what i think is cool: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IliwQImJrYE
kelseymh5 years ago
Jethro Tull. Moody Blues. The Who. Led Zeppelin. Metallica. Even The Beatles (though I would never describe them as "epic rock"). Plenty of real bands have incorporated both classical instruments and even full symphonic orchestration into their repertoire.

All you need to do is some research. Start with "Rock orchestra" or "Rock symphony" and go from there.
.  +1
.  The Progressive Rock genre is another good starting point. Lots of ProgRock groups used "classical instruments" and many also wrote classical music (eg, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer).

Ah yes, the Seventies -  I remember them well  (apart from the hazy bits #;¬)
No supergroup tour was complete without its fleet of pantechnicons and a full orchestra following them around.  The first gig I ever went to was Emerson Lake and Palmer in '72.  Then there was Pink Floyd, Genesis, Yes, Deep Purple . . .  All made extensive use of classical instruments.
(I didn't see Led Zep until several years later in '79 at Knebworth.)

hey hey, don't forget The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and the Mannheim Steamrollers !
I was trying to avoid the overtly "pure orchestral" groups, and choose some which were not typically so (okay, except for Jethro) but still may forays.
Biggsy kelseymh5 years ago
There is always my personal favourite: Apocolyptica Youtube link

There is also an AWESOME violinist from Israel. She's mainly a Hip Hop girl (I found out about her after listening to Subliminal an Israeli rap group...HEY I have a VERY eclectic taste in music)
You tube link
ANOTHER youtubelink

IIRC ELO also did some of this.
Yes, well IIRC, although it wasn't all the time, ELP would tour with the (London? New York? Philadelphia? ) symphony orchestra :-)
lil larry5 years ago
I acn play Poker Face by Lady Gaga on classical guitar. I can play smoke on the water, stiarway to heaven by great white, and highway song by blackfoot all on classical guitar. Oh! BTW the beat;les song "Eleanor Rigby" has violin in it. :)
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