Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 21, Andante ("Elvira Madigan")
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Q: Can I get free sheet music for this piece?
A: Yes, you can download the piano solo here:
and the full score and parts here:
Q: Why do you keep uploading this piece?
A: The first two versions both had things wrong with them that I either noticed after I'd uploaded them or decided were worse than I'd realized. Hopefully "three's the charm."
Q: What do the colors mean?
A: The reddish colors are the string instruments, the fuzzy greenish colors are the wind instruments, and thin blue/violet is the piano.
Q: Why isn't everything perfectly in sync like in your other videos?
A: There were actually three separate performances: the performance you're hearing, the performance you're seeing (my hands), and the performance the bar-graph score is based on. I got these as close as I could, but there were always places that were a little off, so I finally said "good enough" and stopped trying to make it better.
Q: It seems like the two scores don't match exactly; is that a mistake?
A: You're right, they don't match exactly. The bar-graph score at the top has all the notes of all the instruments, but the conventional score at the bottom is a "reduction" with the eleven staves of the full score compressed into four staves. To make this score readable, I left out some parts that I considered less important when a lot of instruments are playing.
Q: How did you make this video?
A: You can read my Production Notes here:
Q: What does "Elvira Madigan" mean?
A: This movement was featured on the soundtrack of a 1967 film about the Danish tightrope walker Elvira Madigan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvira_M... a lot of people became familiar with the music that way, so it's sometimes called "The Theme from Elvira Madigan." It's been in many movies since then, including The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Regarding Henry (1991), Silent Fall (1994), Gone Fishin' (1997), Virtual Sexuality (1999), and Superman Returns (2006).
Q: How long have you been playing the piano?
A: Since I was eight (which was in the year that's the same upside-down).
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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: