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Story behind the song: For this week's video we decided to challenge ourselves. We picked a pop tune at the top of the charts -- one that wouldn't be an obvious candidate for an instrumental cover. "Rolling in the Deep" jumped out at us. The writers, Paul Epworth and Adele, described it as a "dark blues-y gospel disco tune." What could be more challenging for a classically-trained cellist and pianist? We locked ourselves in the studio (ok, not literally) and began work on the introduction. It wasn't working. The end.

Just kidding...:-)

The song came alive when we found a destined matchup in the melody from Gustav Holst's classical piece "Jupiter"—a deep melody that rang out when layered on top of everything we were creating for this arrangement. To make a long studio-story short, it all came together after that. ALL sounds were created by acoustic & electric cellos (5 different cellos) and piano. By the time we were finished we had used 60 tracks.

Here's a link to the VOCAL VERSION!

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Every sound you hear was created by the instruments shown.

Credits: Rolling in the Deep written by Paul Epworth and Adele Instrumental arrangement produced by Steven Sharp Nelson, Al van der Beek Arrangement written by Steven Sharp Nelson, Al van der Beek & Jon Schmidt Piano: Jon Schmidt Acoustic/Electric Cellos: Steven Sharp Nelson

Recorded, mixed & mastered by Al van der Beek at TPG Studios

Video Produced by Paul Anderson, Tel Stewart, and Shaye Scott

In this arrangement we borrowed a melody from Gustav Holst's "Jupiter" Suite from "The Planets" -- op. 32 -- be sure to listen to his original composition -- it's amazing! The melody we used comes in about half-way through the piece.

Special Thanks to our shooting location: SunRiver St. George Community Center 4275 S. Country Club Dr. St. George, UT 84790 Phone: (435) 773-4100 Fax: (435) 773-4110 Website:

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