Uploaded on Jun 9, 2010
Ludwig van Beethoven's Große Fuge (Great Fugue), opus 133, accompanied by an animated score.
Q: Where can I get free sheet music for this piece?
A: You can download score and parts from IMSLP:
Q: Where can I learn more about this piece?
A: The Wikipedia article is pretty good
and this New Yorker article about a recently discovered manuscript is interesting
Q: Who is performing?
A: I don't know. I licensed this recording from Royalty-Free Classical Music (dot com) through Shockwave (dot com), and they don't say who their performers are.
Q: I'm having trouble following the rhythm.
A: I'm not surprised; it's highly syncopated. I've done a couple of versions with barlines in them. First, here's a bar-graph-only version with barlines:
Next, here's a version with both balls and barlines:
If you don't like the balls, here's a bar-graph-only without barlines:
And, here's the original (bar-graph with balls, but no barlines):
Q: Is there a way I could make the bar-graph scores myself?
A: The Music Animation Machine MIDI file player will generate this display; you can get the (Windows) software here:
There are lots of places on the web where you can get MIDI files; I usually go to the Classical Archives site first:
Q: Could you please do a MAM video of _________?
A: Please read this: