Uploaded on Aug 10, 2009
The first movement of Bach's third Brandenburg Concerto, BWV 1048, accompanied by a scrolling, bar-graph score. This concerto is unusual in that each of the three violins, three violas, and three violoncellos have solo parts.
Q: Where can I see the score for this piece?
A: The score that the bar-graph score is based on is here:
The first page of Bach's original manuscript is here:
Q: Who is playing this piece?
A: The Advent Chamber Orchestra. I got this recording from the Wikimedia Commons:
This recording is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 License:
Q: What do the colors means?
A: When the instruments in each section play in unison, there is a single fat (tall) note for all three; when they have solos, the notes are thinner (about half as high). The violins are shades of red, the violas are shades of green, and the violoncellos are shades of blue. The contrabass is sort of a brownish-gray, and is always wide, since it doesn't have solos. When two instruments play the same note, the colors blend (e.g. red + green = yellow).
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 (though not with the different note heights); 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:
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