Skip Navigation
NPR News
Can classical music get down and party? (Photo Illustration: Lars Gotrich/Photos: Hulton Archive/Getty Images, iStock.)

From Bach To Satie: Jazz Takes On Classical

by Nick Morrison
May 10, 2011 (Jazz24)

Hear this

This text will be replaced
Launch in player

Share this


It's sometimes forgotten that most of the greatest composers in classical music were also superb improvisers. Bach amazed audiences with his improvisational keyboard skills, Beethoven was always game for an improvisational showdown with other musicians and, by all accounts, Liszt drove women crazy with his flights of romantic fancy during performances. No wonder, then, that the history of jazz is peppered with "jazzed up" versions of classical compositions. Here are five of them. By all means, add your favorites to the list.

Copyright 2014 Jazz24. To see more, visit http://www.jazz24.org.

Missing some content? Check the source: NPR
Copyright(c) 2014, NPR

Visitor comments

on:

NCPR is supported by:

This is a Visitor-Supported website.