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Published on Apr 8, 2012
The first movement of Bach's sixth (and last) Brandenburg Concerto, BWV 1051, accompanied by an animated score. This concerto is unusual in that the highest-pitched instruments in the ensemble are two solo violas. FAQ
Q: Who is playing this piece? A: The violists are Elias Goldstein & Elizabeth Choi, and the solo violoncellist is Anna Steinhoff; they are playing with the Advent Chamber Orchestra. I got this recording from the Wikimedia Commons: http://tinyurl.com/brand6mvt1 This recording is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b...
Q: There sure is a lot of audience noise in this ... coughing, baby crying ... A: Yes, there is. That might have been part of why this recording was put in the Wikimedia Commons.
Q: It sure is hard to watch this. A: Yes, but it may help to know this: at the beginning (and the other places that are like the beginning), the two violas (the highest instruments) are playing the same thing, offset in time by one eighth-note; so it's like a really quick echo.
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: http://www.musanim.com/player/ There are lots of places on the web where you can get MIDI files; I usually go to the Classical Archives site first: http://www.classicalarchives.com/