Indiana Jones Rocks Petra with this Arabian Classical Remix! – The Piano Guys

Indiana Jones Rocks Petra with this Arabian Classical Remix! – The Piano Guys

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Story behind the Song:

Three years ago we embarked on an insane archeological quest: To conquer all Seven Wonders of the World. With music. Why? As Henry Jones (Sr) once said, “Illumination.”

What began at The Great Wall of China continued on at the Christ Redeemer Statue and the pyramids of Chichen Itza. And now we present the ancient, stoic “Rose City” carved into rock: Petra, Jordan!

Yes, this is a real place. Not just a figment of a set designer employed by Lucasfilm, LTD. We say real, but we should actually say “unreal.” Hard to believe a city half as old as time, carved out of sheer rock in the middle of the desert over 2,000 years ago still stands, whispering stories of its history through weather-worn stone artistry and intricate waterways.

Just to give you an idea of its scope, Petra is home to over 800 monuments, buildings, halls, tombs, temples, and gateways sculpted from kaleidoscope sandstone. Its access is guarded by a narrow, protracted 1,000 ft high (300 meter) canyon. This remote desert city thrived in its prime because of an intricate, ingenious aqueduct system that carried water over great distances to store in cisterns. Arab tradition believes that Petra was the site where Moses of the Old Testament struck the rock to draw forth water.

Petra has also been the site of many Hollywood movies. The first that comes to mind? Maybe something to do with seeking the Holy Grail in a fedora hat and a whip sidearm?

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade launched Petra’s “Treasury” Tomb into stone celebrity status — casting it as the lost home of the Holy Grail. What a movie! And what a soundtrack! Thank you, Mr. John Williams! How could we choose any other theme to laud the epicness of Petra’s Wonder? But the lively, adventuresome “Indy” theme needed a more Arabic flair in honor of this relic-city. As we often do, we turned to classical music for inspiration, motivation, and more compositional content.

In 1888, a Russian composer named Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov composed a landmark symphonic suite entitled, “Scheherazade,” based on a collection of Middle Eastern folk tales collected over many centuries. You’ve definitely heard of some of them — Alladin, Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves, and the Seven Voyages of Sinbad. The book is called “Arabian Nights,” and the storyteller in the book is the woman, Scheherazade. It is considered an international treasure among storybooks.

Just listen to the incomparable melody written by Rimsky-Korsakov at 0:52. No “wonder” it is timeless! Listen to the entire “Scheherazade” Suite here:…

We present to you an amalgam of old and new, a marriage of then and now — a mashup of film score and historical – the hiscorical, “Indiana Jones and the Arabian Nights!”

Many of our Petra scenes were filmed carefully amidst sky-high canyons using a drone’s camera. And in case you were wondering, we did actually go in the middle of a bustling Jordanian street market and film a cello playing classical music. In fact, just as we were leaving a man grabbed us and asked if we’d play more over by his cart so he could sell more fish. It was a tempting offer.

Jordan is an incredibly beautiful country with friendly people, tasty food, and so much to see. If you get a chance, go check out:
Many thanks to the people of Jordan for being so hospitable to us, to Abercrombie & Kent, and especially to Moawia ”Moe” Quataish, our incredible on-site production manager, translator, and dry humor specialist. Moe, you’re such an awesome shabb!! Also, special thanks to Tobias Bradford for helping us realize this dream.

If you’ve made it this far in the description we bestow upon you an honorary doctorate degree in archeology from TPGU. To celebrate your induction, tell us your favorite Indiana Jones line in the comments. One of ours is, “Sallah! I said no camels. That’s five camels. …Can’t you count?!”


“Finale and End Credits” from the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Soundtrack written by John Williams; “Scheherazade” (Op. 35) written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
The Piano Guys arrangement produced by Al van der Beek & Steven Sharp Nelson
Arrangement written by Al van der Beek, Jon Schmidt & Steven Sharp Nelson
Performed by The Piano Guys: Jon Schmidt, piano; Steven Sharp Nelson, cello & cello percussion; Al van der Beek, percussion
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Al van der Beek at TPG studios
Video produced filmed & edited by Paul Anderson & Shaye Scott
Line producer/ Location manager: Moawia Qutaish, Ark Productions,

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19 Responses

  1. Youssef Wahba says:

    هل من عرب هنا؟
    انا عزفت اغنية عربية مشهورة على البيانو بطريقة جديدة! شوفوا الفيديو على
    قناتي و قولوا لي رأيكم :)

  2. COSMIC_ Tortilla says:

    Talking about Arabia… Can you guys do the Battlefield 1 Theme ?

  3. Ninjaman195 says:

    The camels liked the music

  4. Rana Shalaby says:

    The first time Youtubers come to my home town and I didn’t know …. I AM

  5. omfgSHORYUKEN says:

    What a ridiculous place to sit, right in the middle of a path blocking

  6. Mr. Stark says:

    In the map, that’s not Israel, it’s actually Palestine!

  7. The Ghost says:

    Oh my god how can you stand so close to the edge of that cliff?

  8. Epic Music Movie says:

    I LOVE The Piano Guys

  9. PianoMania says:

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    I am piano player and I am making *piano covers of Movies and Games
    Check out my last works: *Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Sherlock, Skyrim,
    Interstellar, etc ;)*
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  10. zah fares says:

    This + Salt + Hill + Dessert = best start location

  11. GEORGE A N says:

    well they should try make music in Syria that would be SAVAGE ??but great
    work keep it up ???

  12. Tobias Dettinger says:

    Nice!! I can watch this! Fuck the Gema! 🙂

    Wonderful song! 🙂 I love your work! :)

  13. mridley64 says:

    I appreciate you guys using a map that says “Israel” on it.

    Awesome music, too. :)

  14. Anastazia Refanidou says:

    i do not know what they used to make this video but it really works. it
    seems like they playing in petra for really

  15. Kelly U. says:

    This is so wonderful, once again you’ve taken an iconic song and made it
    even better.
    It’s because of you guys that as an adult, I’ve decided to take on learning
    how to play the cello. I’ve been at it for 6 months now, and every time
    that I struggle with it I just watch one of your videos, and it gives me
    encouragement to press on and keep playing. Keep on doing what you guys do

  16. Jacob Hornbeck says:

    My family went in together to buy your new album (and it is so Awesome!).
    In the songs Celloopa and Uncharted, there are really unique sounds in
    there (but they are so cool), did Steve make all those songs with the
    Cello? How long did it take him to find that way of those sounds? And
    lastly but not least, how does he make those sounds?

  17. Asher Smith Films (SmithStudios) says:

    Good job!

  18. Desert Rose says:

    lovely music + charming place +awesome band it’s magical sound ?
    using the map in the video ..I think it’s mean , music gathering us beyond
    borders peace .

  19. Djoudie Alexander says:

    aah that market scene made heart fly !! ?????