Beethoven gets really animated

See what you think about this.

I found it oddly hypnotic.


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  • Nice! Maybe something for deaf people. But not for Beethoven himself, because the relationships between te notes are not indicated, which is the case with traditional notation. This is fonetic rendering.

    • I tried to follow Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in the Alte Oper Frankfurt on Friday evening. Tricky when the auditorium lighting is dimmed almost too much to see even one’s hand in front of one’s face. Otherwise I end to agree with you RW2013

      • Has anyone tried follow an electronic score on a tablet in concert? I am tempted. I used to bring printed scores at concerts until, well, I started needing more light to be able to read. Those of you who are over 45 will understand…

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    • The score is wondrous and of course essential, but I find this lovely, nimble animation a delightful synesthetic complement to the flyspecks on paper.

      To analogize: the pleasures of traversing a beautiful countryside on foot hardly cancel those of experiencing the same terrain on a bicycle, or motorcycle, or from a hot air balloon.

      One last note here: those who would claim to represent the composer’s point of view on the subject sound at least slightly mad, since he died almost a century before such realizations became conceivable.

  • Was ready to dismiss it as “nonsense” but found it quite beautiful and fascinating, especially the colours representing various clefs or instruments. Kind of mesmerising, but too much would be deleterious for my listening. I would prefer not to listen like this again.

  • This is a helpful tool to show motivic development to people with little musical background, especially those who don’t read music. It also links auditory and visual art. It can also be used to show the relation between math and music, specifically linear algebra. The biggest obstacle to appreciating complexly structured music is that the listener doesn’t know what to listen for. It doesn’t occur to most people to listen to music motivically, so they don’t get the composer’s point. When we experience art from the perspectives of more than one discipline, we see the mind at work. Classical music will thrive if we can relate to it as fundamental to human expression.

    • Brilliant…. and it comes close – metaphorically – to how composers imagine their music in their mind: as flexible items floating in space, not hindered by notation. The fixing of the material within a notational system is a next stage.

  • This is for this generation, the millenials who cannot enjoy anything, including music, without continuous visual stimuli.

    Very sad indeed, and an explanation why film-music concerts, film projections with live music and the like are always sold out: the same people who cannot sit through a 25 minute Richard Strauss piece can sit through 2 hours of film music when they have the memory of the image.

  • They did that kind of thing at the Boston Youth Philharmonic in Symphony Hall a few years ago. I don’t think it will catch on.

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