Bach Réjouissance (from Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069)


When I finished making the animated graphical score for the Réjouissance from Bach's fourth orchestral suite,
I found it was so visually complex that I could barely follow it—even though I'd already watched it many times.
So I wasn't surprised by the first comment on the video: "I was completely overwhelmed by all the sensory input."

Training your eyes

To remedy this, I've made a series of "training videos" to help your eyes learn what's going on.

1. First, here's a plain, piano-roll-style score, showing all the notes (with colors and shapes indicating
which instruments are playing).  I recommend you just watch this once to get familiar with the music.

2. In this video, the individual graphical elements are shown one at a time (with the notes played on the piano):

  • ba-da-bing is three fast notes that dash across the screen
  • two explosions is a pair of notes (or chords) that are accented
  • chugging along is a series of eighth-note chords (this accounts for most of the notes in the piece)
  • solo is a trio of contrasting instruments (solo oboes or violins in the real piece)
  • running is a series of notes moving by step
  • leap is two fast low notes followed by two slow high notes

    I recommend you watch this video until all the elements are very familiar to you.

    3. In this, we return to the original (full) recording, with the graphical elements added one at a time.
    (This version also introduces some things that weren't in the previous video, so watch out!)
    After watching that, you're probably ready for ...

    4. ... the complete animation, with all the elements in place.

    I hope this helps!      —Stephen Malinowski