Musical Complexity Made Clear!

 

Here is a brief passage, consisting of seven insrumental voices,  from the second movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony:


Voice One: just the cellos:

 

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


First measures of the passage

First measures of the passage

 

Thanks to Benjamin Zander for this illuminating exercise.