Beethoven the head chopper

The Coriolan Overture, Opus 62 by Ludwig reminds me of chopping heads off. I know it seems odd to say something like that in regards to classical music, and I assure you that I’m not a blood thirsty scoundrel, but ever since the first time I heard this song it’s what came to mind and I just can’t shake it. During the opening notes all I see is a samurai slowly drawing back his cuspate, cold katana with the light gleaming off the edge of the blade. During the abrupt “shunck!” his sword slices through a fleshy neck like an axe through a juicy watermelon. Then silence… the blood drips from his steel sabre. The process is repeated and he tensely draws back again until ferocious energy is released as another helpless head plunges towards the ground. In my head it’s quite a scene! During the opening sequence I count five (maybe five and a half) heads being lopped off. I say maybe 5.5 because the last ’shunck’ is a bit weak as our hero is tiring and so I imagine that maybe the sword only goes halfway through, hard to say.

Anyways it’s really a neat song and the ending is so serene and peacefully you would’ve never guessed that it all started with head chopping. If you’re interested click this and take a listen, and see how many heads you hear falling to the floor. I’d put the whole song up but I fear that most people would grow tired of a nine minute head chop song. So you’re just getting the intro. Oh and if you have an awesome surround sound type stereo system this sounds awesome.



  1. Phil said,

    July 21, 2006 @ 9:44 pm

    9 minutes! Nothing like a headchopping opus. Doc Watson tore it up, too bad you missed it!

  2. Anthony said,

    July 23, 2006 @ 3:42 am

    Whoa dude..
    I totally know what you mean, but I swear that if you had not actually told me that before, I dont’ think that I would have had that imagery play out in my head…
    Thanx to you , I will never be the same person again..
    I am enlightened…
    ABC OUT!

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