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Breaking the boundaries: musical world records

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In May 2008 David Garett challenged and won the world record for fastest violin playing and joined the Guinness book of records but who else has tried and done that?

First of all, let’s check out Garett’s playing, since it is indeed spectacular and exact and then we shall continue:

Another interesting record that has been written in the Guinness Book was performed by an American orchestra under the composition and direction of Rupam Sarmah. He used 315 different instruments to play a symphony, played by 476 performers on stage in the city of Jorhat. Interestingly enough, though, his is not the biggest orchestra – this record is held by a group of musicians in Queensland, who formed an Orchestra of 7 224 people and performed at the festival, breaking the previous record of the Canadians – 6 452 musicians.

Check it out here:

While Rupam was using multiple players for his instruments, though, the students from the Royal Northern College of Music broke the world record for the largest number of people playing the SAME piano simultaneously – they managed to gather 16 people around that keyboard.

What would we all be without our teachers, right? Well, the longest career as a music teacher record is held by Charles Wright, an American man, born in 1912, who began teaching piano in 1931, he continued to do that for the next 76 years of his life until he passed away at 95 years of age in July 2000. His story is truly inspiring. And so is the story of the largest music lesson, involving 1377 participants, who wanted to learn how to play the guitar in Chicago on 7 August 2007. They also set a world record, then and there.

Now for some longest runs – the longest run of a weekday music radio program is “Arbeidsvitaminen” which has been aired every day since 1946; and the longest run of a theatrical musical is the Broadway musical “The Fantastiks” by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, both American, which opened in May 1960 and finally had its last show in January 2002, having performed over 17 100 shows in New York.

But David Garett isn’t the only fast player out there – there are two more remarkable records in this area. First one is the fastest piano juggler – Dan, who’s trick is playing the piano via juggling balls – he hits the keys with them. He has flown over 2 million miles to perform with his… balls. Check out his site pianojuggler.com and take a look at his incredible ability

The next of the fastest players alive is another Dan – Daniel Kurt Himebauch, who holds the record of the fastest guitar player. Similar to Garett, he played the flight of the Bumblebee for his recor setting act in 2012 and reached a bit rate of 1300 – for comparison, the normal rate is around 170.

There are many many more records, but they will be  the topic of a further article, if interest is shown.