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Follow what each instrument does in Beethoven’s 5th on a scrolling graph

Apr 7, 2012 By Abraham

This video combines the audio of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony with a graphical version of the score that represents what each instrument is playing at the moment…

Color key for the instruments…

Instruments Chart for Scrolling Bar-graph Score of Beethoven's 5th


  1. Jen says:

    Would I be showing my age if I said this reminds me of an electronic version of the old player-piano paper rolls?

  2. FoxyRoxy says:

    @Sandy, yes, no doubt George Lucas was influenced by Beethoven’s 5th for his Star Wars film…..I was in a trance watching the graphics & listening to this Masterpiece.

    1. Kay A. Ess says:

      John Williams is the composer for the Star Wars themes. He also is responsible for the music in Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Superman (even Smallville!) and literally 100s of other pieces of music that can be instantly recognized by people all around the world. He’s an American treasure.

  3. Mary Thornton says:

    How did you do this? It is a great teaching tool for texture in music and I would like to be able to do this myself–is it a specific program? If so, which one? If not-how did you do it?

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