Really dedicated to one note

This tune was written by German composer Peter Cornelius in 1854.  The song “Ein Ton” (german for “one note”) is remarkable because it has a single note for a melody – the note B is repeated 80 times over 42 bars of music..

Nicolas Slonimsky said about the piece: “Of course, there are constant modulations so that harmonic changes make up for monotony.

I’m pretty sure that this is how some pop music is made – the “singer” sings one note over & over and autotune takes care of the rest.

Here’s a video of Ties Mellema and Hans Eijsackers playing “Ein Ton” at the Amsterdam Uitmarkt in 2008.

One Response to Really dedicated to one note
  1. Pete

    This ancestor to Johnny One Note must but what Ella Fitzgerald was on about:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO9gKjm6sC8