When Leonard Cohen wrote Hallelujah in 1984, it didn’t garner much success at first. The story goes that Cohen wrote more than 80 versions of the song before he was satisfied with it.
In the decades since, Hallelujah has been covered and recorded by more than 300 artists, with the most famous version tracked by Jeff Buckley. But this instrumental cover took my breath away.
There are few musical combinations so well-suited and gorgeous as violin and piano. In this fantastic cover, Award-winning violinist Rob Landes and pianist Aubry Pitcher use looping pedal technology– a process in which a musician records sections of music and plays it back in order to create harmonies– to create a unique and beautiful version of this Cohen’s iconic masterpiece. English pop star Ed Sheeran frequently utilizes looping technology in his concerts and recording. He explains how it works in this video.
Rob Landes and Aubry Picher’s use of the looping pedal in Hallelujah is so clever; it allows for Landes to play three violin parts at once! Their cover is so relaxing… I could listen to it all day.
Watch the video below and share this gorgeous piece of music and awesome example of new, musical technology today!
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