Listening Activity #1 - Smooth Criminal on 2Cellos

In this video, two Croatian Cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser play one of Michael Jackson's most famous songs using only their classical instruments. Watch how much energy and passion Luka and Stjepan play with - they seem totally lost in the music but at the same time are aware and sensitive to each others dynamics. Listen to how Stjepan phrases Michael Jackson's vocal adlibs at 3:08. He makes his cello almost sound like a human voice and even appears to scream while playing a high E at 3:34.

  • What album is the song Smooth Criminal from?

  • What are cello bows made from?

  • Can you find Croatia on a map?

  • How does this music make you feel?

  • What key are they playing in?

  • What is your favourite part of this performance?

  • Can you hear the bassline from another famous Michael Jackson song?

  • Play the melody (or a tune that you currently play) on your instrument and try to make it sing like Stjepan does!