Moonlight Sonata

Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’, Cis-Moll, 3. Movement, Presto Agigato

by Benedikt Kaul

Attempts to represent notes in different ways and to facilitate their learning and reading. Two approaches: color and graphics.

Pythagoras went from four basic colors: white, black, red and yellow – a number that was again reflected in the four elements of fire, water, air and earth. From this reasoning, Aristotle added three more colors (purple, green, and blue). This color selection is mirrored in the colors of the rainbow.



Another idea is a rising series of octaves, starting from the root C as the starting point of the classical sound system (here Cis). At each step of this series, the frequency is doubled until finally an oscillation number is reached which is assigned to the light of a color in the visible range. In the case of the Cis as a starting point the sound system, this is a shade of green.
Another experiment were graphics.

Ultimately, you have to state that presenting notes in different shapes turns out to be extremely difficult, due to the wealth of information, such as pitch, speed, etc.

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