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Mendelssohn, String Octet, Scherzo (colored by instrument) 3rd mvt.

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Published on Feb 15, 2012

The complete album is available here: http://ow.ly/92nBU
Scherzo (3rd movement) of Felix Mendelssohn's String Octet, performed by the Alexander and Afiara String Quartets.
FAQ

Q: Who are the members of the two quartets?
A: The Alexander String Quartet comprises Zakarias Grafilo and Frederick Lifsitz, violins, Paul Yarbrough, viola, and Sandy Wilson, violoncello. The Afiara String Quartet comprises Valerie Li and Yuri Cho, violins, David Samuel, viola, and Adrian Fung, violoncello.

Q: Who is playing what?
A: Sorry, it's a secret.

Q: Where can I hear the rest of the movements?
A: You can get the album here
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002XDE9GS/

Q: Where can I learn more about these two groups?
A: Here:
http://afiara.com
http://asq4.com

Q: What do the colors mean?
A: There are two versions of this video; in this one ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfMSYo...
... each player has a different color: violins are red/brown, violas are green/brown, and violoncellos are blue/violet. In the other version ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c55CEg...
... each pitch class (C, C-sharp, D, etc.) has its own color, arranged according to the "circle of fifths" so that changes in tonality can be seen; this system is described in more detail here:
http://www.musanim.com/mam/pfifth.htm

Q: What do the shapes indicate?
A: The fast notes in the piece are circles; these are connected by lines when they are contiguous and unconnected when they are not. The sustained notes are ellipses. The pizzicato (plucked) notes are rhombi.

Q: Could you please do a video of _________?
A: Please read this:
http://www.musanim.com/requests/

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