Beethoven, Symphony 5, 1st movement





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Published on Jul 15, 2009

Ludwig van Beethoven's Fifth Symphony 5, first movement, with a graphical score.

Q: I appreciate the animated graphical scores you make; how can I support your work?
A: Thank you! The easiest way to support my work is by contributing via Patreon:
If you'd like to help in more specific way, consider this:

Q: Where can I get free sheet music for this piece?
A: Here:

Q: What do the colors in the bar-graph score mean?
A: The colors show which instruments are playing. Here's a chart:

Q: How did you make this video?
A: There were a lot of steps; here's a short summary. I found a recording I could license and made the arrangements to use it. I found a MIDI file that was fairly complete, and imported that into the notation program Sibelius. I compared it to a printed copy of the score from my library and fixed things that were wrong (b5_fullscore.pdf is a snapshot taken during this process; note that there was a piano part in the MIDI file --- not something in the real score). Then, I listened to the recording and compared that to the score, and modified the score so that the timings were more like what the orchestra was actually playing (see b5_timings_adjusted.pdf). I exported this as a MIDI file and ran it through my custom frame-rendering software. Then, I made a "reduction" of the score (b5_reduction.pdf) and colored it to match the colors I was planning to use in the bar-graph score (b5_reduction_color.pdf). Unfortunately, when I squished the bar-graph score enough to make room for the notation score, too much detail was lost, so I ended up deciding not to use the notation. Then I put all the pieces (rendered frames, audio, titles) together in Adobe Premiere and exported the movie as a QuickTime file. Then, I used On2 Flix to convert the final file into Flash format (so that YouTube's conversion to their Flash format wouldn't change it in unpredictable ways), and uploaded the result. The PDFs mentioned in this description are in this ZIP file:

Q: You seem to have uploaded many versions of this piece ... what's going on?
A: I started out with this one in 2009:
When YouTube supported higher resolution videos, I did a remake:
Then, I started experimenting with other graphics; this one uses a fisheye effect:
This one shows dynamics, using an "egg" design:
This one shows dynamics, using a "triangle" (rhombus) design:

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

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Comments • 2,241

Marcus Campbell
Speaking of art imitating art… Does time interval 50–53 sound like the theme of the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind? And I love this piece and this video! <3
jojoh 203
The most famous and one of the best pieces by Beethoven. Amazing!
Frederick Evans
Cari Johnson
lo encuentro magnifico poder graficar la musica en su maximo explendor.
your vids are art😍😍
It's amazing how seeing the graph allows me to hear each note better. Outstanding!
I'm so glad you find it helpful. This is why musicians enjoy following scores when they listen to music.
Jason Quiver
It's just not the same without Dirk hopping and jumping on instruments while avoiding a cat that tries to eat him... If you don't know what I'm talking about, look up Dragon's Lair 2.
Stephanie Agnew
This is my favorite symphony. The fall and rise is so interesting. Awesome watching the video and seeing the colors light up. 🎷🎸🎹🎺🎻🎤🎼♪♫♬♩🎶🎵📯
Kaden Kidwiler
Wasn't this Beethovens most complex song and took him like days too make
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The meanings of words are determined by usage, and people these days are using the word "song" to refer to any piece of music. For example, if you go to the Apple iTunes store, you'll see that this track is listed as a "song." It's part of the culture. When the word "hussy" was first coined, it meant "housewife"; now it means something else. Things change. If you can't get used to it, you're going to be irritated.
number1kpfan [G17]
+LIPUU Because that's what most music people here is referred to? Calm down
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