American composer Leroy Anderson completed a work called “The Typewriter” in 1950.
This is an unconventional piece of music that has been performed a lot of times by many artists. It was even prominently featured in a great variety of commercials and theme songs over the years. But still, in 2011 the “Voces para la Paz” concert in Madrid, Spain, the song was performed so perfectly that it continues to bring a smile to music lovers’ faces even so many years later.
Conducter Miguel Roa is a professional orchestra and choir warm up, that was waiting for one additional performer before beginning “The Typewriter.” Soloist Alfredo Anaya finally emerged from the wings pushing a little cart which holds the sort of small black typewriter on which your grandmother likely learned how to type.
When conductor indicates that he’s been waiting for Alfredo, he makes a show of asking for a stool to sit on. The man was taking his role — and his instrument — way too seriously despite the reason that the other musicians around him are already giggling. A few moments of adjustment the orchestra is finally ready to begin.
Although it may look like Alfredo is there to take notes, but he’s actually there to play his instrument which is a typewriter!
In the video, we can hear the crowd laughing as the song goes on and Alfredo becomes more and more animated. In many people’s opinion, the funniest part of the whole thing has to be the serious way the musician plays such a silly instrument!
We’re as delighted as the audience who watched it happen live by the time the song ends. Such a fun addition to the symphony! We would absolutely love to see more songs featuring office equipment. A fax machine jam band perhaps?
Click below to watch “The Typewriter