Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor “Quasi una fantasia”, Op. 27, No. 2, by Ludwig van Beethoven

December 21, 2008 at 5:32 pm | Posted in Video | Leave a comment
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Popularly known as the “Moonlight Sonata” (Wikipedia article here)

I adapted the score for classical guitar, transposing from C# minor to E minor. Only the first five bars are played, and then repeated. Seven tracks were recorded, each one containing from one to four triplets, and assembled together in GarageBand. An eighth track added the bass notes.

The video features my two cats, Eowyn and Gizmo. It was inspired by Riftgirl’s “The Politics of P” video.



“Für Elise’ – Beethoven’ Bagatelle in A Minor: A Novel Arrangement

September 1, 2008 at 2:25 pm | Posted in Video | 2 Comments
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(From Wikipedia)

Beethoven scholars are not entirely certain who “Elise” was. The most reasonable theory is that Beethoven originally titled his work “Für Therese”, Therese being Therese Malfatti von Rohrenbach zu Dezza (1792-1851), whom Beethoven intended to marry in 1810 and was also one of his students. However, she declined Beethoven’s proposal. In 1816 Therese, who was the daughter of the Viennese merchant Jacob Malfatti von Rohrenbach (1769-1829), married the Austrian nobleman and state official Wilhelm von DroƟdik (1771-1859)[1] Another theory is that ‘Elise’ was used to describe a sweetheart during Beethoven’s time. If this is true, then the piece is dedicated to sweethearts in general, with no specific person in mind. However this theory is unlikely because it doesn’t fit well with Beethoven’s composing and dedication history. When the work was published in 1865, the discoverer of the piece, Ludwig Nohl, mistranscribed the illegible title as “Für Elise”. The autograph is lost.

Recorded September 1, 2008.
Uploaded to YouTube September 1, 2008

No cats were harmed in the making of this video. A single unidentified insect may have met its demise, however.

GarageBand Information
Track 1: Software Instrument – Flute – melody
Track 2: Software Instrument – Orchestral Strings – harmony
Track 3: Software Instrument – Grand Piano – counterpoint
Master Track: Tempo 120 bpm, Time 4/4, Key A minor
Export settings – Video Podcast presets
LG enV2 Video Capture Information
Resolution 320×240
iMovie Information
Single video clip, split into five
2 second overlap transitions between clips

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