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Classicalite’s Five Best: Funny Classical Music Videos [POLL]

By Louise Burton on Aug 21, 2013 03:12 AM EDT

Some musicians can't resist poking fun at the perceived snobbery of their genre.

Ever since Victor Borge decided to tell a few jokes from the keyboard, musicians have been mixing classical music and comedy.

To wit, here are Classicalite's Five Best picks from this most humorous genre.

Mnozil Brass, William Tell Overture

This Austrian septet has been called the Monty Python of classical music. But they were not the first brass ensemble to add goofy humor to their performances; that distinction belongs to the Canadian Brass.

Canadian Brass, A Tribute to the Ballet

This performance shows that the hardest part of being a member of the Canadian Brass may be learning the dance steps.

Monty Python, Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23

No listicle on music humor is complete without a guy in a sack banging out the first few bars of Tchaikovsky's first concerto.

Mr. Bean "Performs" Beethoven's Pathétique

With an estimated wealth of approximately £85 million, Rowan "Mr. Bean" Atkinson can certainly afford to make light of Beethoven's eighth sonata here.

Victor Borge on Phonetic Punctuation

Victor Borge's humor is witty and subversive--not the least because you can't believe it is coming from this urbane European gentleman.

And now, cast a vote for your favorite vid!

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