Musical Complexity Made Clear!
Here is a brief passage, consisting of seven insrumental voices, from the second movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony:
The New York Symphony Playing Beethoven Symphony No. 5
Voice One: just the cellos playing pizzicato:
Voice Two: added violas three notes above
Voices Three and Four: added bassoon and clarinet octave leaps
Voice Five: added double bass melody
Voice Six: added second violin melody
Voice Seven: added first violins, completing the ensemble
Thanks to Benjamin Zander for this illuminating exercise.