Uploaded on Feb 4, 2011
Philharmonia Baroque playing the third movement (Adagio molto e cantabile) of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, accompanied by a scrolling bar-graph score.
Q: Where can I get this recording?
A: From Magnatune
Q: Who is conducting?
A: Nicholas McGegan.
Q: What do the colors in the bar-graph score mean?
A: The colors show which instruments are playing. Here's a chart:
Q: Why are the notes different sizes?
A: Each group of instruments (strings, woodwind, brass, percussion) is shown in a separate layer, and has a different size; this helps you see when instruments in more than one group are playing the same pitch at the same time. The timpani is blurred because that's how it sounds to me.
Q: Please tell me more about the composer.
A: You can read about Beethoven here
Q: Is there a way I could make bar-graph scores like this myself?
A: The Music Animation Machine MIDI file player will generate a display like this; you can get the (Windows) software here:
There are lots of places on the web where you can get MIDI files; when I'm looking for MIDI files, I usually go to the Classical Archives site first:
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