Mozart, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik





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Published on Jan 11, 2013

The first movement of Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, with a graphical score.

Q: Who is performing?
A: The recording I licensed was attributed to the "Apollo Symphony Orchestra" which is the name used for recordings made by various anonymous eastern European orchestras.

Q: How did such a lively song get the name of "A Little Night-music"? It would keep me up all night, not prepare me for sleep!
A: "Night music" is a literal translation of the German word "Nachtmusik" but like many compound words ("pineapple," "breakfast," "cocktail," "bulldozer," "crabgrass," "horseradish," "hushpuppy," "jellyfish," etc.), the common meaning of the word is far from what you'd expect from the meaning of its components. "Serenade" might be a better translation; this word also needs some interpretation; it originally referred to something "serene" (like a song sung at night to court a woman), but has come to refer to a multi-movement piece for a small instrumental ensemble. BTW, the second movement of this piece (Romanza), is much more soothing.

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

Q: Please tell me more about this piece.
A: You can read about the piece here

Q: What do the colors in the bar-graph score mean?
A: The colors indicate which section of the orchestra is playing: violin 1, violin 2, viola, violoncello, contrabass.

Q: Why did you post a different version of this?
A: YouTube/Google disagreed with me over the license to the recording I used in the previous version, so I licensed this recording and re-did the video.

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