The piece, which was composed in 1893 and premiered in New York City, has been given new life thanks to director Raf Reyntjens. The video for Symphony No. 9 has already been viewed more than two million times.
The B-Classic music festival commissioned Reyntjens to work with pop-dance group Waveya to produce the video in the hope of “combining the timeless emotion of classical music with the visual talent of a contemporary director.”
“It is indeed a very different clip than your average YouTube clip,” B-Classic spokesperson Frank Peter said in a short documentary that accompanies the video.
Those who watch to the end of the video are told, "You just listened to 3 minutes of classical music."
The video has definitely gotten its fair share of clicks, but not everyone is impressed.
“Dem internetz have gone too far...,” wrote one commenter.