Sousa, Semper Fidelis, march, ver. 2 (animated score)





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Published on Jun 15, 2015

John Philip Sousa's march, Semper Fidelis, with an animated graphical score.

Q: Didn't you post a video of this already?
A: Yes, but I decided to try something different with the animation, and the result was different enough that I thought it justified posting it on my main channel (instead of on my remake/alternate channel "musanim"). In addition to assigning a color and shape to each instrument in the ensemble, I also grouped the notes according to compositional function (main melody, various counter-melodies, harmony, bass), and then adjusted the size of the symbols to indicate perceptual salience and octave displacement (lower octaves tend to be more perceptually salient). My hope was that this would result in a display that was easier to understand, but with little or no decrease in the amount of "score information" that's being shown. There are two versions of this video, one with barlines ...
... and one without ...

Q: What do the colors and shapes indicate?
A: Here's the key ...
piccolo: ellipse (light blue)
oboe/bassoon: inverted ellipse, "star" (violet)
clarinet: octagon (green)
saxophone: ellipse (orange)
trumpet: rhombus (red)
other brass: octagon (yellow)

Q: Where can I learn more about this piece?
A: Here:

Q: Please tell me more about the composer.
A: You can read about him here

Q: What's the best way to watch this video?
A: This video was rendered in 1080p at 60 frames per second (fps); to take advantage of the 60 fps, you need to view it with a browser that supports that (currently, the only one which does is Chrome) and select the 1080p60HD option.

Q: Could you please do a video of ________?
A: Please read this:


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